Response In Lois Lowry's 'The Giver'

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Response “Then all of the citizens had been ordered to go into the nearest building and stay there. IMMEDIATELY, the rasping voice through the speakers had said. LEAVE YOUR BICYCLES WHERE THEY ARE. Instantly, obediently, Jonas had dropped his bike on its side on the path behind his family dwelling. He had run indoors and stayed there, alone. His parents were both at work, and his little sister, Lily, was at the Childcare Center where she spent her after-school hours.” (Lowry 2) The story and exposition begins with Jonas, an eleven year old, who is nervous about the Ceremony of Twelve. He lives in a utopian society known as the Community. This selection reveals Jonas’s family and their whereabouts. Both of his parents work during the day, and his sister, Lily, attends the Childcare Center after school. The passage displays that the Community is very strict, when a plane flies off course and everyone is ordered to go indoors. The speaker soon states that the pilot will be released, and Jonas’ unsettling experience ends.

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The Giver
By: Lois Lowry
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Response “In a firm, commanding voice she announced, ‘Jonas had been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory.’ Then he heard a gasp---the sudden intake of breath, drawn sharply in astonishment, by each of the seated citizens. He saw their faces; the eyes widened in awe. And still he did not understand. ‘Such a selection is very, very

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