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Symbolism and Allusions in The Giver

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Megan Nicolas

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism and Allusions in The Giver

Symbolism and Allusions in
The Giver

Since Gabriel is a baby, he is more of a symbol rather than a character. Being a baby makes him pure and free from the delusions of the community, which is why Jonas can transmit memories to him. What do you think babies symbolize?
The Color
The color
is a pretty intense color, right? Usually the color is associated with an intense emotion or feeling like passion, anger or love.
The River
In the novel, the river represents everything outside of the community, or in other words change. Have you ever heard of the phrase "you can't step in the same river twice?" Rivers flow and are constantly changing. What sort of change could this represent?
Symbolism: a word or object that represents something else.

For example: A dove represents peace.
What is symbolism?
Why do you think authors use symbolism within their work?
Where do we see the color red within
The Giver

The Sled
The sled symbolizes the process of Jonas receiving dreams as riding downhill on a sled. What happens each time Jonas rides on the sled?
Pale Eyes
Light eyes symbolizes the people Jonas feels connected to. Who has light eyes in the novel? What is their connection?
Allusion: a reference to a person, place, literary work, work of art, or myth. What allusions are in The Giver?
The name Jonas is a reference to the prophet Jonah in the Bible. Jonah is chosen by God to proclaim judgement on a sinful city. What similarities are there between Jonah and Jonas?
The apple is an allusion to the "forbidden fruit" from the Tree of Knowledge in the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Why would Lois Lowry allude to this story?
The Apple

The name Jonas
The name Gabriel
In the Bible, Gabriel is God's messenger who appeared to Mary announcing the birth of Christ. Why would Lowry allude to the angel Gabriel?
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