The Giver By Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry’s 1993 young adult novel “The Giver” captured audiences worldwide with its fascinating characters and dystopian society. The book was long due a film adaption, which finally came in 2014 from director Phillip Noyce. While critics remained mixed about the film itself, the movie offers a decent adaption of its source material, keeping in mind its original themes of pain, pleasure, and memory, but strays away in certain areas. Both the film and novel carry the same themes that have made the story so interesting. The story itself is essentially about the relationship between pain, pleasure, and memories. Both mediums of art emphasize the issue that there is no such thing as pleasure without pain. Without the memories of everything we have ever gone through, there is no way to feel the happiness that comes along sadness. The film stays very true to this idea. Phillip Noyce gave some great direction to the extras in many scenes, who are all very plain and without emotion. They did go a different route though with the characters and their relationships with each other. One of the biggest differences between the two is the age of the protagonist. The novel has Jonah at the age of twelve, while Jonah in the film is sixteen. This may have changed the perspective and state of mind Jonah has in the book compared to the film. Having Jonah at the age of twelve in the novel offered an interesting view of the world through the eyes of someone who is young enough to be curious

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