The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Most of the time, opposition groups who call for the censorship and banning of books, are misguided by religious beliefs or personal values that they insist on imposing over the surrounding community. Such is the case with Lois Lowry 's The Giver, a fictional story of a society without emotions, arguments, or differences amongst people, where equality is the ultimate goal. The story revolves around 12-year-old Jonas, who is chosen to become the Receiver of Memories, which would be given to him by the Giver, a historian of humanity 's past. His lessons force him to confront feelings for the first time and the growing awareness of death. In recognizing his controlling community, Jonas sets out to expose society 's false idea of a utopia and…show more content…
The very fact that the society he lived in did not permit freedom of choice, is synonymous with Lowry 's opponents who challenged the book 's publication and called for its censorship and banning. Historically, the parents ' opposition is similar to the Nazi book burnings of the 1930s—anything that was deemed foreign, sexually explicit, violent, non-Christian, or promoted free thought, was banned and later burned to secure that it would never be read. By depicting Jonas ' uncertainty of “...what he was to become or what would become of him” (Lowry, 81), Lowry was confronting her readers with how history was perceived and ignored up to this point, and how future history will continue to be unnoticed. This kind of environment makes us question whether society makes us who we are and decides our future for us, or if we are self-made individuals who learn from our past. The protagonist also becomes a symbol of salvation for humanity, not only as a character in the story but also in the real world, because Jonas ' attempt to share the memories of the past with everyone is a sign of people 's unification. In the scene when he and the Giver are united in the mission to share the memories with everyone in the community, Jonas states, “Together we can think of something” (Lowry 142). Despite their differences, both the characters had a common goal that brought them together.

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