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Analysis and Summary of The Giver by Lois Lowry Essay

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THE GIVER

Plot Summary The story is about a boy named Jonas. Jonas lives in a community where everything is perfect, everything is the same and no one is allowed to brake the rules imposed by the Elders. The Elders are in charge of creating all the rules and basically ruled everyone’s lives.
Jonas lives with his parents and one sister. His parents were allowed to have only two children, a boy and a girl. It was one of the many community rules that couldn’t be broken.
Every year, the community gets together to celebrate the birthdays of the children. They call it the celebration of the two’s, three’s, four’s, etc. until the age of 11. At every age the children must do the chore that was chosen for them. Also, they
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Jonas wanted to live a different life. In his journey, Jonas travels with Gabriel, the child that was being nurtured by his family. He needed to saved him from being “released”. Together they faced danger and fear but it was just the beginning of a new life in the land of Elsewhere.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TITLE: “THE GIVER

A “giver” is someone who gives something to someone else. Besides material things you can also give knowledge and advise. The “giver” must be willing to give without expecting anything in return.
In the story, the wise old man is the Giver. The Giver’s mind is filled with good and bad memories. He is in charge of holding the memories from the community to avoid pain or suffering. He is the only one that is allowed to break certain rules. His power cannot be “given” to anyone except for a special person selected by the Elders. Jonas is that special person, he is the “receiver of memory”. So, the giver’s mission is to “give” Jonas the power of receiving all the memories. Also, he must share all his knowledge with Jonas so he can become the new “giver” in the community.

SETTING, GENRE, TIME PERIOD….

Setting:
The setting of The Giver takes place in a fictional community known as the “Sameness”. Life here is supposed to be "perfect" because there is no pain or suffering. They don’t have to take
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