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Transcript of The Giver
-Sheila Egoff The Giver stands up to the above quote because the novel teaches readers the difference between fairness and sameness. It has them critically think about the running of their society and the world around them. It makes them question perfection. What is it? Does it exist? Plot The plot has enough action and excitement to develop interest in young readers because the story is about a utopian society. Everything is not as it seems. Jonas's world is nothing like ours. Through the entire novel the reader is getting thrown curve balls of new information of this strange place that Jonas calls home. The final actions of Jonas to leave his community involves much courage and sacrifice. The journey is long, dangerous and certainly full of action and excitement. Theme Theme can be defined as the underlying idea that ties the plot, characterization, and setting together into a meaningful whole (Norton). Main Conflict The main conflict is within the main character Jonas. Jonas is constantly battling with all the memories that he receives from the Giver. With all this new found knowledge, Jonas has to constantly consider how things are and how things should be. His morals about life change with every new memory that he receives. All the struggle inside of Jonas leads him to the final question of how to make things right? Social Values The "equal" society brings up a lot of social values such as economy, politics, and religion. The economy is one where everything is equal, but the economy makes all the decisions. Each person contributes a service, but no money is made. Publication date: 1993 Jonas lives in a utopian community. His world is perfect, or so he thinks. This all changes once he is assigned the role of being the Giver. The Giver receives all the memories of the entire history of the world. Once Jonas has all of these memories, he no longer sees his world as "perfect." Through bravery and courage, Jonas attempts to fix his community and make things right again. Summary Rating of Characterization Setting The setting is very important to The Giver. The utopian society that the book takes place in, sets the stage for the entire book. Without this particular setting the book would not be as effective in getting across its message. By having the setting be a perfect utopian society, the author is setting up the theme to the story. Point of View Authors choice effective? Anything unusual or Interesting about the style of "The Giver"? The writing is pretty straight forward, but this goes along with the viewpoint of the novel. Jonas is young and everything that he thinks is unfiltered and very easy to understand. Stereotypes Mostly age and gender are the only two things described about each character in the book besides the Giver and Jonas. Stereotypes therefore are pretty much avoided. The Giver and Jonas are both boys, but a girl succeeded Jonas as the potential Giver. Gender stereotypes are thus non-existent. The Giver is very old and wise, but Jonas becomes very wise at the age of twelve. Age stereotypes are thus avoided. I rated The Givers characterization as 5 out of 5. The character of Jonas is described to the reader through his actions, thoughts and words. Jonas's choices through the book are very courageous, but the reader is not thrown of my this because his actions and character match up. Characters, besides Jonas and the Giver are very grey. They have little description as to what they look like and their personalities. These supportive characters as grey and bland shows how these characters really are since they are submerged in this perfect, consistent, bland world, while Jonas is living in a colorful meaningful world. The theme of this book is certainly worthwhile for children. What ties this book together is the many themes that run throughout it. The main one that sticks out is the idea of perfection and its non-existence. More themes are: you cannot have joy without pain, the powers of, creativity, individuality and emotions. Yes, writing the novel from the view point of Jonas was a great choice. This view point is from an innocent, mislead boy that becomes so knowledgeable and wise in such a short amount of time. Jonas is only 12 and has to take on such mass amounts of responsibility. Many kids can relate to him and be inspired by his courage and heart. Through Jonas's eyes the reader is able to see this utopian world for all of its limited values and wrongdoings. Age Middle school students are the best suited age group range to read this book. Roughly ages 13-15. The language and theme would be best understood and effective for this age group of students. This is the time when a lot of questioning about self and the world occur. What a great time to introduce these inquisitive students to Jonas, whom is doing the exact same thing. Jonas Jonas's community