In The Giver the authorities aim at achieving “Sameness” which means all people must be equal and the same. Lois Lowry describes a world of “sameness” where the lack of differences allows all members of the community to have predetermined roles and to follow an enforced set of rules. The Elders depict sameness in a way that makes it sound absolutely necessary, and without it, the whole world may fall apart. In the community of The Giver people accept everything as it is because they do not know any difference: “Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time … we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference” (Lowry, Giver 95). This sameness is terrifying and further imposes conformity on all people. So the community of The Giver is a uniformed society. People wear the same clothes; eat the same food; their houses are the same; and most of them look the same as well. By the age of ten, they all have the same short hair style: “females lost their braids at Ten, and males, too, relinquished their long childish hair took on the more manly style which exposed their ears” (Lowry, Giver 46). In The Giver the purpose of sameness is to protect people from wrong choices and to achieve safety for them.
In the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, the receivers are the only people who have feelings and memories. The elders are the people who choose what the best is for their people in the community and sometimes they go to the receiver for help on making the right decisions. The people from the community do not see color, or have freedom on making a decision for them. There is no love, feelings, and grandparents. Jonas is assigned to be the next receiver of the community; He was trained by the giver, who transfers memories of the pain and pleasures of life, who also shows him the truth and reality that is hidden to the community. Jonas’s community does not represent the ideal of society because there are no choices or distinctions between men
This novel is about a community where each person is the same. Everybody in this community go by certain rules and if they do not follow those rules they are punished. Everyone is to act the same in this book. Every person is assigned a job when they become a twelve and they are to work at the job until they go to the house of the old. This book is explained by Lois Lowry the author is explaining a whole different world than ours in this world he describes a person called the giver who is the receiver who hands off the job to Jonas one of the main characters who asks the receiver about all his memories and about what his job will be like. Jones had become the receiver. the giver gives him training and tells him what memories were like, the giver tells him why were like giver tells him why were like.
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a powerful novel about growing up, memories, and the contrast of pain vs. pleasure. In this essay, we’ll look at that contrast and examine how without any pain, there can be no pleasure.
Could you ever imagine living in a world that is controlled. After reading both the non-fiction article, as well the selected passage by Lois Lowry it was obvious that both communities were being ruled by a strict government. The selected passage is about their strict government that made the community a “perfect world” by not letting them see and do certain things. The non-fiction article is about North Korea's world and how they also limit certain things such as, freedom and occupations. Both articles show the challenges of their world.
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” Lois Lowry, The Giver. Take a minute and think back to the first time you traveled and experienced a new culture. What a journey, right? You have come so far and inspired countless individuals to embark on their own adventures through your storytelling. Even though you may have struggled to grasp the right descriptive words on your experience in a new culture, it was enough to impact someone, and that’s all it takes. It takes just one person listening to inspire the desire to seek a new challenge.
Imagine waking up every morning to a colorless world, where happiness is a vaccine, and the ability to make choices for one-self are eliminated. You are watched and controlled on everything you do. And the horrifying thing is there is no way out of this dictatorial, strict lifestyle. These type of societies demonstrate examples of totalitarianism. Throughout the novel The Giver, Lowry displays a “flawless” point of view of the society Jonas lives in to show that she’s against the way they live and how the government runs. Even though they assemble everybody to be the same just to avoid contention, it is still wrong to take away the freedom of making your own choices.
The dystopian novel, The Giver by Lois Lowry was a great suspenseful book read by our class. Although Lois Lowry wrote a great novel, we will forever be mad at her. The author uses great suspense throughout the novel and then leads us into a dead end. Even though you have your own theory, the true end will never be told. Jonas is dead. At the end of The Giver, we experience a part of the book where we are forced to produce our own theory of Jonas’ fate. Jonas is dead and saw the lights and gates of heaven or in this case, “Elsewhere”. Others believe that Jonas succeeds on his journey and saw a family celebrating Christmas. The author gives us a novel that shows the life of Jonas through his struggles of being the Receiver in Training but leaves
“He killed it! My father kill it yelled Jonas!”(Lowry 188). This is just one surprise Jonas learns about in his community, when people are realest they are killed. In The Giver, there are many surprise/lies that Jonas discovers. Jonas is a twelve year old charter in the book The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas was chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory. The Receiver of Memory is a very significant individual who holds all the memories from the past. As Jonas receives the memories he begins to understand that his community is far from perfect. As the novel progresses, Jonas learns being true to oneself takes courage, and those who don't take risk never grow.
Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lowry spent a fraction her school years in Japan she ended up graduating from a New York City high school. Then she spent two years at Brown University before dropping out. when she was 19, she married naval officer Donald Lowry.they had to move a lot because of donald's career as a naval officer. On the road they had four children. at a young age she lost her older sister Helen. She was also going through some personal changes in this time she and her husband got divorced. Years later Lowry published one of her best known novels, The Giver. The story takes the reader to an imaginary community where there's no war and poverty but everyone's lives are controlled. A young boy named Jonas
In the book The Giver Jonas and the community have little choices they can make. In America we have lots of choices like how long your hair is, what you are going to wear to school and what color we want to wear. In Jonas’ community they cant even do that. Jonas left the community because he yearned for the freedom of choice. “If every things the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things”(PG97). Jonas wants to be able to pick his own tunic and job, but in the giver community he cant. He wants to pick his own spouse. Jonas is tired of sameness
Imagine living in a world where one would be in this strict community, where one would have to live their life the way they are told to do. At one ceremony, everyone must turn one day older on the same day. Then, have a big ceremony to find out what your job will be for the rest of ones life! This is what the community is like in the book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. She tells the story where the main character Jonas is having to live everyday of his life in that community. Jonas lives in a world of sameness. At the ceremony of twelve, Jonas was given the job of the Receiver of Memory. This job is very special because not very many people in the community get this job. When Jonas was at the ceremony of Twelve, they
A school that lets students have authority in choosing their electives is good for Jonas because it will open his mind to all the different possibilities the world holds. For example, in Chapter 10, the text reads, “ Jonas almost gasped aloud. To have the power to turn the speaker off. It was an astonishing thing” (Lowry, 100). Since he was never exposed to this level of independence, he was completely ignorant of the concept of freedom. He didn’t understand that there was more to life than following rules. However, if he went to a school that let students have the upper hand, Jonas would discover his true potential, and he would have the choice to choose what he wanted to say, do, and learn. Another example in Chapter Ten is this quote:
In popular entertainment, as one’s life is ending, many say that they imagine things as they breathe their last breath. Their life “flashes in front of them”. This popular form of drama is replicated in The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas, the main character of the novel, is struggling to move in the tundra like conditions that he is in with a young child named Gabriel. He sees things of the past, and they blend with the present. This gives the impression that he is hallucinating as he loses his life to the weather. Jonas and Gabriel die at the end of The Giver, and this is proven when Jonas’s life flashing before him, his loss of consciousness and beginning of hearing things, and his imaginations of the past memories he had received.
The destruction of history can cause great loss of information. Information such as recipes, maps, events, etc. Without history the world would not be itself, information would travel slowly feuds would go on and on, people would repeat the past not knowing its consequences. If the history was saved, it would advance civilization incrementally, without it, it will hinder the way civilization grows. History can make the community in The Giver by Lois Lowry a great place for everyone. With history, people can learn from the past, obtain a different perspective on a situation, and stop manipulation. Without memories of the past, the community of The Giver by Lois Lowry cannot learn from the past. I understand that the memories of the past may not even be used even if we have the history, for example, Charlotte Libov said in a conversation “The American public is ignorant of mechanics of American government.” This shows how people will not even learn their basic rights. But it is better to have history so they can learn from the past when they need to, for example, the community committee would do nothing “they would simply fret and argue about it themselves for years until the citizens forgot that it had ever gone to them for study” (Lowry 18). “For years” they would argue indefinitely. This was due to the committee did not even know how to deal with it. None of the members had memories of the past, so they had no way of measuring or judging what is the best option for the