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Transcript of The Giver
This story connects to the unit theme blending cultures, because when the Elders look to the Giver for help in making decisions, the Giver goes back into his memory to find a solution. Not only are the memories from different time periods, but also different cultures, and they use and blend them into their own community
The falling action is when The Giver and Jonas are planning for Jonas to escape so the memories he has will be given to the community. Then he finds out that Gabriel is going to be released, so he changes his escape plan with the Giver so he can take Gabe with him.
I think this story definitely makes you think about the differences between the life Jonas lives in, and your own. You can see right away some subtle differences like, the telling of feelings at dinner, and the telling of dreams in the morning. As the story progresses, you notice some more drastic things like when you get the "stirrings" you have to take a pill to keep you from getting them. That leads to another difference, you don't get to choose who you marry. They don't want you liking someone you can't have, because that might make you question the system. It makes you think about some of the reasoning behind some of our rules and laws, and if they might have an ulterior motive behind them.
This book doesn't really have a resolution. It ends leaving the reader having no idea what's supposed to happen next. Jonas and Gabe finally get to the top of the hill, and they sled down and seem to get to a town and they see twinkling lights and Jonas says he "thought he heard music too."
by Lois Lowry
The Giver is set in a Utopian Society where everyone is practically the same. the weather is always nice, there aren't any inconvenient hills, and the people don't see in color.
The Giver :
The Elders :
An old man who received all the memories of the past and now has to give them all to Jonas.
Previous Receiver before Jonas and Giver's daughter. Asked to be released because the pain was too much.
Jonas has a crush on his friend, Fiona, and his first 'Stirring' includes her.
Main character of the book, Jonas is selected to be the new "Receiver of Memory" and meets the Giver.
Jonas' non-biological seven year old sister who always has something to say
A baby jonas' father takes home from work because he thinks it will help him, and he won't have to be released. he can't sleep at night, except when he slept in jonas' room and jonas gives him some of his memories.
Jonas' best friend throughout their younger years.
Make decisions for the community like a congress and sometimes consult the Giver for more serious problems.
The first conflict that comes up is how the elders have shaped the community. It's called "sameness", which means everyone is more or less the same. If someone is born with a disability or a twin, they're 'released', which means they're killed
Conflicts Throughout the Book
When Jonas is skipped over at his Ceremony of Twelve it causes a conflict and makes you wonder what's going on.
probably the biggest conflict in the book is when Jonas sees his father 'releasing' (killing) a twin baby. He sees a different side of his community he never thought he'd see.
point of view is very important to the story because it's told in third person, but also describes how Jonas feels and acts as if it were first person. It helps the reader connect more to his character and understand what he's going through, even though third person is usually a bit detached.
there are many rising actions throughout the book, they are:
1. Jonas gets the 'Stirrings', where he dreams about his friend and crush, Fiona
2. Jonas is selected as the new Receiver of Memory
3. Jonas' father brings home a baby (Gabe) that's having a hard time at his work
4. When Jonas first experiences pain in the sled memory from the Giver
5. Jonas starts seeing in color, like the faces in the crowd, the apple, and Fiona's hair
6. When Jonas walks in on the Giver while he's in pain and offers to take it away
7. Gabe can't sleep at night so Jonas offers to have him sleep in his room. When Gabe started to cry, Jonas transmitted a memory to him, which made him calm down and sleep.
I think the major message of the novel is that being able to choose and think for yourself are the most important things in our lives today. When Jonas first starts to understand color he talks to the Giver about the simple things like, picking what color shirt to wear in the morning, and what a crazy thing to think about, being able to do so. They also talked about making the wrong choices, which is why they settled on the fact that being able to choose would be bad. But, as the reader you can see that even the simplest of things like picking out what color shirt to wear in the morning, helps shape who you are, and you can't imagine a world where you couldn't.
Once Jonas starts receiving memories, especially when he starts to see color, he feels bad for and gets frustrated, mad even, at his friends for being satisfied with their boring, colorless lives.