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The Giver

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The Giver

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Transcript of The Giver

by: Lois Lowry
December was
approaching and Jonas
began to be frightened by the upcoming event. It was about a year ago when an aircraft flew close above his community. The Pilot who flew the aircraft was released for breaking a community rule.
This story takes place in a small concealed community which has Climate Control, no color, or any pain. Their lives are perfect without any flaws. Jonas and The Giver's daily private sessions are held in the Annex room. The Annex room resembles a library full of books that can only be accessed by Jonas and the Giver.
The mood of this story is apprehensive. On page 149 of the novel, it quotes, "Very carefully he inserted the needle into the bottle and began to fill the syringe with a clear liquid. Jonas winced sympathetically... To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of newchild's forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed. The newborn squirmed, and wailed faintly." This quote refers to being 'released' in the story. Jonas thought it means that they went to a happier place until he saw what people
actually do to them.
Jonas has become the new Receiver of Memories in his community. He thinks it's unfair that not everyone can share the memories. As a result, he makes a plan with the Giver to escape to the Elsewhere, causing the memories to escape to the people of the community. They will have to refer to the Giver
for help.
Jonas went to the House of
Old to do his volunteer hours with
Asher. Fiona, a girl that Jonas likes, was also there. Jonas took care of Larissa, one of the
Olds. Larissa told Jonas stories about Roberto and Edna’s release. The next morning, Jonas had a vivid dream the night before. He shared his dream at the morning ritual where his family shared their dreams. Jonas had to start taking pills because he had his first Stirring from his dream. The treatment made his Stirring stop.
After school, Jonas went to the Annex
for his second day of training after taking
Fiona to the House of Old. As Fiona walked
toward the entrance, Jonas noticed a change with her hair. It was like the change with the apple. When Jonas got to the Annex, he decided to ask the Giver about Fiona’s hair and the apple. The Giver told Jonas that he was beginning to see the color red. The Giver explained that everything had a shape, size, and color. People in the community can’t see colors because they made a choice to go to Sameness. The Giver gave Jonas a memory of a rainbow.
Jonas’s father found out the twins are
identical. He will perform a small Ceremony of
Release for the smaller twin. The next afternoon, Jonas
was at the Annex with the Giver. Jonas asked the Giver
about releases. The Giver and Jonas were not allowed to apply for release because of the incident that happened ten years ago. The Giver told Jonas the story of the previous Receiver, Rosemary. After five weeks, the Giver gave her the memories of loneliness and loss. She was never cheerful anymore. One day, she didn’t go to her dwellings after training, and went straight to the Chief Elder and asked to
be released. When she was gone, all the bad and good memories the Giver gave her went to the community
and caused chaos.
Weeks later, the Giver gave Jonas a
disturbing memory of guns. Jonas didn’t like
being the Receiver because he didn’t like knowing things that no one else knows. If there wasn’t a Receiver in the community, then there would be chaos like ten years ago when the previous Receiver failed. The people in the community received all the memories the Giver gave to the previous Receiver. Some days the Giver would send Jonas away without training because the Giver was in pain. One day, Jonas was curious of what causes the Giver pain and offered the Giver to transfer his pain to him. The
Giver gave Jonas a painful memory of
breaking a bone.
The Giver
The author uses direct characterization to describe the characters. One example is shown when the author states "It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to feel frightened." (pg. 1) Another example is shown when the author states "But there was a little shudder of nervousness when he thought about it, about what might happen.

Apprehensive, Jonas decided. That's what I am." (pg. 4)
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Period 3
Main Characters
The Giver
Jonas is a 12-year-old who has been selected to be the new Receiver of Memories. He has been told that he will have private lessons and that he is to keep his lessons to himself. Jonas is a compassionate and brave boy. In the story, it states, "Jonas braced himself and entered the memory which was torturing The Giver." This proves that Jonas is willing to give himself pain from The Giver.
The Giver is a kind, elderly man who was highly respected because he had the job of Receiver of Memories. Now he is to transfer those memories to Jonas, who is the new Receiver. He is not reluctant to give up the memories and feels ashamed when he has to give Jonas memories of pain. After The Giver gives the memory of warfare to Jonas, it explains, "The Giver looked away, as if he could not bear to see what he had done to Jonas. "Forgive me," he said."
This book is recommended to friends because the reader would learn a good life lesson. This book can teach the reader to appreciate what we have in life while telling a fun, award-winning, fictional story.
"The front-buttoned jacket was the first sign of independence, the first very symbol of growing up." (pg. 40-41)
"The discipline wand, in the hand of the childcare worker, whistled as it came down across Asher's hands." (pg. 55)
The tone of the story is sorrowful. On page 151 the novel explains, "Jonas felt a ripping sensation inside himself, the feeling of terrible pain clawing its way forward to emerge in a cry." This phrase describes Jonas' feelings after he sees a newchild becoming released. He didn't know his community would do
something like this.
"He sat silently for a second." (pg. 86)
Theme Circles
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
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The climax of the story is displayed when the author states "Yet he felt it: felt that Elsewhere was not far away." (pg. 175) We chose this as the climax because at this point we knew that Jonas would get to his destination: Elsewhere.
The story is left unresolved when the author
states "Suddenly he was aware with certainty and joy that below, ahead, they were waiting for him, and that they were waiting, too, for the baby. For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across the vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo." (pg. 180) We
the readers do not know how the conflict is resolved.
With great honor, comes great pain.
The front-buttoned jacket symbolizes a child's first step to independence.
This means that the discipline wand made a sound similar to a whistle when it came down. It could not literally whistle.
"Psssheeewwww!" A child's voice, coming from behind a nearby bush, made a sound. "Pow! Pow! Pow!" (pg. 132)
"It was daylight, early morning, and the air was thick with smoke that hung, yellow and brown, above the ground." (pg. 118)
"...whirling torrent of crystals in the air around him, and he could see them gather on the backs of his hands, like cold fur." (pg. 81)
This means that the cold icicles covered the back of his hands like fur.
The Ceremony took place in the Auditorium
where Placing and Naming started the Ceremony.
Then, it was the Ceremony of Two, Three, and Four. After,
there was a break for midday meal. When midday meal was
over, the last ceremonies for the first day continued for the Five, Sixes, Sevens, and Eights. The next morning, the Ceremony continued starting with the Nines, Tens, and then Elevens. Then, there was a break for midday meal. At the Ceremony of Twelve, the Chief Elder began to call the new Twelves by their number to give them their Assignment. Jonas was number nineteen. Fiona, number eighteen, was given the Assignment of Caretaker of the Old. Jonas was prepared to go up for his turn, but the Chief
Elder called the number twenty, Pierre. She skipped Jonas
and made him confused and worried.
After the evening meal, it was
time for one of the family rituals, the
evening telling of feelings. Lily, Jonas’s sister,
went first and described how furious she felt that afternoon. Then, Jonas’s father, a Nurturer, told his family that a baby at work wasn’t growing normally and had a chance of being released. He wanted to bring the baby home at night. Jonas’s mother, who held a position at the Department of Justice, talked about her feelings next. Jonas was last, he was apprehensive about the Ceremony of Twelve
coming up in December.
This means that the air was thick and full of smoke in the morning. This made the air look yellow and brown.
Jonas wasn’t Assigned, he was Selected
to be the community’s next Receiver of Memory.
Ten years ago, the community failed in their last
selection of a new Receiver. A Receiver has the most honor
in the community. The current Receiver, a bearded man with
pale eyes, will train Jonas privately. Jonas has all the qualities for being the new Receiver which is intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and the Capacity to See Beyond. Jonas received a folder with rules and instructions for being the Receiver of Memory. Jonas was required to go immediately after school to the Annex to present himself to the attendant. He also had to go immediately to his dwelling at the end of training. Jonas was now allowed to be
rude and ask questions. He wasn’t allowed to discuss about
his training with others and participate in dream-telling.
He isn’t allowed to take medication related to his training
and apply for release. Jonas was allowed to lie.
Jonas took Fiona to the House of Old to
start her training. After, Jonas headed to the Annex
nearby for his training. A female Attendant welcomed
Jonas and directed him to a door where he found himself in a comfortable living area. An Elder man that Jonas recognized from the Ceremony greeted him. The Elder’s job is to transmit the memories of the whole world to Jonas. He started by instructing Jonas to lie on the bed face down with his tunic removed. He placed his hands on Jonas’s back and gave him an enjoyable memory of snow. Jonas learned the meaning of snow, sleds, and hills. At first, Jonas didn’t understand why the community didn’t have all these things until the Elder explained it. The Elder then gave Jonas the memory of sunshine and painful sunburn. It was time for Jonas to head home, but he had a question. He didn’t know what to call the Elder since he isn’t the Receiver anymore. He told Jonas to call
him the Giver.
Jonas’s father brought the baby,
Gabriel, home. He had pale eyes just like Jonas.
Lily thought newchildren were adorable and was
hoping to be assigned as a Birthmother. Lily’s parents told
her that a Birthmother had little honor and after three years they would become a Laborer for the rest of their adult lives. Lily then wanted to become a Nurturer like her father. Jonas thought she should be a Speaker because she talks a lot and was never silent. Jonas still remembered a strange day last month when he took an apple home and the Speaker made an announcement toward him. During recreation period that day, Jonas and Asher, his best friend, were playing catch with the apple. Jonas noticed that the apple had a sudden change
when he tossed it to Asher, so he took it home.
The character that is involved with this theme is Jonas.
Jonas has the honor of becoming the new Receiver and he has a huge responsibility of holding all the memories.
Jonas goes through both pain and happiness that no one else can experience.
In this phrase, the "s" sound is constantly heard. Sat, silently, and second all have the "s" in the beginning.
The child is making sounds with his mouth. "Psssheeewwww" and "Pow! Pow! Pow!"
A Birthmother was expecting to
have twins. If the twins are identical,
then the smaller one will be release by Jonas's
father. Jonas always wondered where people’s life Elsewhere would be when they are released. Jonas offered his parents to leave Gabriel in the room at night because he wanted his parents to get some sleep. In the middle of the night, the noise Gabriel made woke Jonas. Jonas patted his back and accidentally gave him a memory of a wonderful sailboat trip at the lake. Jonas completely lost the memory. Jonas discovered he had the power to give memories
like the Giver, but the decided not to tell
The Giver was in pain and was
about to send Jonas home. The Giver
then gave his pain of warfare to Jonas. It
was the worst. Then, the Giver gave Jonas happy memories of family, love, and warmth to comfort him. Jonas came home, his father told him that Gabriel was sleeping and growing normally. Jonas was a hero. Gabriel was qualified to be named and given to his new family in December, which was in
two months.
The Giver and Receiver had access to
anything because it was part of their training.
The Giver let Jonas watch a video of his father releasing a twin. Jonas saw his father weigh the twins and handed the larger one to another Nurturer. Then, Jonas’s father injected a syringe into the newchild’s forehead. The child was loaded tightly into a carton. After, Jonas’s father put the newchild into a chute. The video was over and the Giver said that when he saw the process of release for Rosemary, he was frozen in horror. Jonas
started to cry.
Jonas stayed with the Giver and didn’t go
home for the day. Jonas and the Giver made a
possible plan for Jonas to escape the community and
never return. Two weeks before the Ceremony in
December, the Giver prepared Jonas with the memories of courage and strength to find the Elsewhere that they knew existed outside their community. Jonas planned to leave at midnight before the Ceremony. Jonas will walk to the Annex, silently. In the morning, the Giver would order a vehicle and driver. He would send the driver on an errand, and help Jonas supply some food for his escape. Jonas was ready to go, but he wanted the Giver to come along. The Giver decided to stay,
so he could finish his job. After, he wanted to be with his daughter, Rosemary.
One day before the Ceremony, Jonas’s father
mentioned that Gabriel was going to be release in
the early morning before the Ceremony. It was
midnight, Jonas left his dwellings, robbed the community of food, stole his father’s bike, and took Gabriel along. People had realized that Jonas and Gabriel were gone and sent planes to search for them. Since the planes flew close to the ground, Jonas and Gabriel had to hide in the bushes every time they heard it nearby. They mostly slept during the day and traveled by night. They soon ran out of food
and it became a struggle for them. Jonas knew that his destination Elsewhere was nearby, but he had little
hope in making it there.
It was snowing, which made it difficult
for Jonas to ride the bike uphill. Jonas shared
a memory of sunshine with Gabriel to keep them warm. Jonas started to walk up the steep hill with Gabriel in his arms. As Jonas got to the summit of the hill, he started to feel happy by remembering good times with his friends and family. Jonas found a memory of his own at the top of the hill. It was a joyful memory of sledding on a hill in the snow. Jonas and Gabriel went down the sled seeing the Elsewhere that they had been
looking for.
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