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The Giver

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Anna Kube

on 21 March 2011

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The Giver
By Lois Lowry The point of view in The Giver is third person limited because it only tells the point of view of Jonas. The first example of the point of view is on page 47. It says,"Jonas watched the new Nines gravitate toward their waiting bicycles, each one admiring his or her nametag." The second example of point of view is on page 53. It says,"Jonas noticed that Asher looked nervous." The third example is on page 102. It says,"Jonas glanced around at the astonishing array of volumes. The first symbol is the colors that Jonas saw. He was the only one in the community, beside the Giver, that could see color. He could even see them from an early age. The colors represent how different and strange their society is from ours. The evidence from the book is on page 24. It tells how Asher and Jonas had been tossing the apple around in the recreation area. Jonas had tossed the apple and in mid-air, the apple changed. Jonas had examined it when he recieved it back, but it was still the same nondescript shade as his shirt. The "nondecript shade," means that they are the same color. The age twelve in the book symbolizes the elevens becoming "adults." The elevens become twelves, which is their final ceremony, and their jobs in the community are choosen. In the book, Jonas is nervous about what his assignment in the community will be. The children in this community have roles in their communities, just like jobs in our. Their ceremonies are similar to our birthday celebrations. Becoming a twelve is kind of like turing eighteen for us because we will get to choose what happens in our future. The theme of this book is the coming of age. The first example is the cermomny nines. When you become a nine, you will recieve your bicycle. All of the eight can't wait until they become nines to also recieve theirs. The second example is the ceremony of ones. When the new children become ones, they will be assigned to their household units. A household unit is allowed one boy, and one girl. The third example is the ceremony of twelves. All of the children in their family units cannot wait until they're twleve, so that they get their community assignments. All of these ceremonies support that the theme of The Giver is the coming of age. Mood The mood on page 56 is nerve wracking. The entire community is sitting in the community center. It is December day as the ceremony continues on. All of the twelves sit in a section nervously awaiting their community assignments. Number eighteen gets called to the stage. After number eighteen is given her assignment and her badge is handed to her, she returns to her seat. Jonas anxiously awaits for his number, number nineteen, to be called. The elder next calls,"Twenty, Pierre." The crowd became quiet and Jonas slumped into his seat and wanted to just fade away. Irony 1. The first example of irony is situational. Fiona becomes a caretaker of the old and is trained in the fine art of release. Jonas receives all of the pain, whereas Fiona releases pain. Jonas develops feelings for Fiona, even though she stands for what he hates about the society. 2. The second example of irony is verbal irony. Each night, the family units share their feelings about the day. During Jonas' training, Giver tells him that they are the only ones that know of true happiness, sorrow, and pain. This is ironis because the family units talk about feelings, even though they don't have true feelings. 3. The third example of irony is situational. Jonas becoming the reciever was ironic, because he was the only child that actually had deeper feelings than just happy and sad. Jonas could see color occasionally and saw a glimmer from the apple. This was an instance that was foreshadowed. This event was foreshadowed by the glimmer of the appl, Jonas being save till the end at the ceremony of twelves, and by him alwasy feeling deeper things than just happy or mad when the family unit shared thier feelings. I could not however, infer this to him becoming the receiver. Essay I would give this book 4 out of five stars. I really enjoyed how the setting was a much different society than ours. It's really interesting how their future is decided. In their society, they have no choices. They can't pick who they marry, the topics of their dinner conversations, the food they eat, or even what career they want to have. In their society, they don't even get to pick the names of their two children. I enjoy having so many choices in life. I can choose what sports to play, what I eat for lunch, and what I want to wear. Choices are what makes life so interesting and uncertain. I like how the author incorporates things that children of our society may be going through, like feelings of happiness or sorrow. This book was very unique, unlike others that I have read. That is what made this book so great. By: Anna Kube
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