The Giver and Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry Comparative Essay by Aannievu

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Lois Lowry is known for her dystopian novels for young adults. One out of many novels is her work ‘The Giver’. The Giver exposes the story of Jonas, a boy who questions his society’s standard of living. Jonas’ people tend to have false perceptions of their world being supposedly ‘perfect’. On the other hand, ‘Gathering Blue’ – a companion novel to The Giver – reveals the story of orphaned and handicapped Kira who also questions her society and is led to provide evidence to the Council of Guardians that she is worthy of existence in her disdainful society. Both of these texts are known as dystopian fictions and are a form of sci-fi. The inclusion of narrative conventions such as plot, setting, characterisation and theme convey that…show more content…
The statement, “Why can’t everyone see them? Why did colours disappear?” (p.124) tells us that his interrogations led him to sheer curiosity to the extent where he witnesses a clearer insight into his so-called ‘ideal’ society. Another statement by The Giver, “… memories need to be shared… you needed me then and now they will…” (p.194-196) foretells Jonas escaping his disingenuous world. This goes to show that Jonas has been led to believe countless lies and has contemplated on his whereabouts throughout which then reveals the initiative that he along with the Giver must flee to Elsewhere.
The purpose of plot featured in Gathering Blue typifies that it is a work of dystopian fiction. The novel begins in the Field of Leaving, where the main character, Kira had just witnessed her mother, Katrina’s death. This event had altered the character’s outlook on life immensely when is forced to move out of her home and prove her acceptance in her society. Kira is then given a second chance to start anew in the council edifice where her task is to prepare the robe for their annual ceremony which commemorates the destruction of their past. Gathering blue shares the similar storyline to that of The Giver. Some of these qualities include; the character coming to realisation with their society. This element is shown when Kira questions her community if beasts exist, the creatures that had supposedly killed her

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