The Symbols Of Memories In The Giver, By Lois Lowry

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“If you were lost in a river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are Forever,” quoted by The Giver. Lois Lowry, the author of The Giver, wrote this for his audience to entertain them with the journey of Jonas’ life. With Jonas’s new job as the giver, he tells of the memories that he has to learn and obtain to share with the next receiver. Throughout the book there are many symbols to give a deeper meaning to the text including, the color red, Rosemary, and elsewhere. The theme of The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, is memories are forever and they will not die. Between memories from “back and back and back”, the memories not dying, and the job of The Receiver they truly are forever. To start off, the memories go back and back and back, like Giver has stated many times throughout the book. First, “ ‘It’s just that… without the memories it’s all meaningless. They gave that burden to me. And to the previous Receiver. And the one before him.’ ” Given tells Jonas, though Jonas responds with “‘And back and back and back’” (105). This shows us that without the memories life is meaningless, and in this utopia everyone cannot recall the past, only the present, they have no memories. It also means that a burden was given to GIver, who was a Receiver, and all of the ones before him “back and back and back.” Previously in the book, Giver tells Jonas “ ‘It’s the memories of the whole world,’ he said with a sigh. ‘Before you, before me, before the previous

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