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The Giver By Lois Lowry

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This change is one many which makes him start questioning the rules in his community.
What makes this exciting story memorable is that it takes place in an undetermined time in the future. The protagonist lives in a world different from our own. Although he lives in peace and comfort, he is beginning to see his world differently. As the ceremony of twelve approaches –an important event where his role in the community will be revealed— he starts worrying about his future. He is afraid that the relationships between his friends and family might change. At the ceremony, he is selected to be the new “receiver.” At first he is shocked but proud to receive the honor. In a community where everyone is the same, he is chosen to be different. While training with the current receiver –who chooses to be called the giver—Jonas realizes that he is living in ignorance. Jonas is just another member of his community. He spends his life following the rules that his community has imposed him. In all his life, he has blindly followed the rules and has never questioned them. For that reason, it comes to a shock when he receives new instructions that go against everything he has been taught:
He had been trained since earliest childhood, since his earliest learning of language, never to lie . . . Now Jonas had a though that he had never had before. This new thought was frightening. What if others—adults—had, upon becoming Twelves, received in their instructions the same
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