Summary Of The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Stop! Close your eyes and try to picture this: a beach setting; the sunset blinding your eyes with brilliant hues of red, orange, and purple as seagulls fly overhead after a long, wonderful day. Now picture that same, peaceful scene without color. Pretty depressing, right? Maybe even a little ominous? It probably took some of the wonderful sounds and feelings away. That is how it was for Jonas in Lois Lowry’s book, The Giver. In this novel, Jonas and a community of people live together, not knowing that colors even exist. They all go around every day, seeing in black and white, without even the faintest whisper of a color, but when the Giver of Memories gives Jonas a recollection of color, he can never look at things the same again. Learning that the people in this world don’t even have color tone was the part that surprised me the most in this story. Several times Jonas sees flashes of something weird happen to people. When he was talking to Fiona, one of his friends, something changed. “It had happened again: the thing that he thought of now as ‘seeing beyond..It seemed to be just her hair. And just for that flickering instant.” (Lowry 90) Jonas is getting piecemeal glimpses of pigments, and he does not even know what it is. Lois Lowry views coloration as a vast array of wonder, and she would be wanting to know what it was. This…show more content…
The story says, “Our people made that choice, the choice to go to sameness...We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.” (Lowry 95) How would you feel if one day you woke up and found each person was the same? When Jonas learned of what was, and what could be, he was distraught, and rightfully so. Seeing colors and having differences is part of the joys of life. By Lois Lowry writing this, it shows us that she likes distinction and finds shading a vital part of life. Taking away hues would depress the world and slow civilization as a whole
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