The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Ella Smailn

How has the character Jonas from Lois Lowry 's book The Giver developed over the course of the novel?

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Louis Lowry’s The Giver, written in 1993 is a captivating, prize-winning novel. It is set in a community, which is first presented as the perfect world, an utopian society. The novel follows a boy called Jonas, who as the novel progresses sees the utopia more like a dystopian. This community has eliminated any pain the society would have by adapting to “Sameness”. An idea which whilst manages to keep the society safe, has eradicated all emotions and feelings from the residents. Jonas is nominated by the leaders of his society to take on the position of Receiver of Memory; this is the person who stores all the past memories before the time of sameness. The Receiver of Memory is an important role; they are called on to assist the choices others that lack knowledge have to make. Jonas discovers through the memories the truth concerning his dystopian community, and struggles to upkeep the weight tied to the memories. Lowry studies the problems of a too perfect world, whilst also developing the concepts of morality, insight, courage and curiousity through her choices of character.

The development of Jonas’ morality is an underlying theme throughout Lowry’s novel. To help expose this theme, Lowry has constructed an utopian society, a community filled with individuals with no freedom. There are no moral decisions the…

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