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The Giver Novel Study
Transcript of The Giver Novel Study
The Giver Novel Study
Chapters 6 to 10
Chapters 11 to 15
Chapters 16 to 19
Chapters 1 to 5
noun, the quality of adhering; steady devotion, support, allegiance, or attachment
Synonyms: faithfulness, obedience, cohesion, constancy, fidelity, loyalty
Tommy had the utmost adherence towards his vigorous final exam preparation.
noun, capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent
Synonyms: giftedness, knack, proficiency, flair, competence
Because of her aptitude for finding creative inspirations for her mouthwatering dishes, Aria was victorious in the competition of MasterChef Canada.
noun, to raise to a higher degree; intensify
Synonyms: exaggerate, increase, strengthen, magnify
Caleb desperately wanted to impress possible buyers of his artwork, so he spent countless hours attempting to enhance each of his elegant paintings.
noun, readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc
Synonyms: blatant, discernable, believable, conspicuous, distinct
With all of Derrick's palpable lying history, it was incredibly hard for Mrs. Henderson to trust that he was telling the total truth.
noun, to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts.
Synonyms: butter up, charm, persuade, coax, entice, sweet-talk
Ryder began to wheedle Tina into giving him a second shot at a movie that afternoon as he had been a jerk towards her the night before.
noun, severe criticism; a rebuke or strong reprimand, verbal punishment
Synonyms: castigation, penalty, discipline, criticism, reproof
Being an NHL referee, Steve was used to all the chastisement he received and just chuckled when he read through the countless pages of comments about his calls during the controversial victory of the New Jersey Devils over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
adjective, moved to or showing sudden, impatience irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance
Synonyms: irritable, peevish, fretful, pettish, touchy
Elizabeth cringed petulantly as her little brother, Aaron, left the lid of the ceramic cookie jar slightly off of the opening.
verb, to put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form; formulate tabularly
Synonyms: order, rank, sort, group, classify
Emma swiftly tabulated the pencils on her desk into a complex vertical pattern.
noun, deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
Synonyms: contrition, regret, mourn, sorrow, grieve
After he pulled the trigger on his first victim, Johnny felt a rush of remorse so he bent over the middle-aged women and folded her hands neatly over her satin dress to send a message that he was sorry.
noun, a confusing maze or tangle, as of objects or conditions, to be in a bewildered state
Synonyms: puzzlement, confusion, disorientation, perplexity, bafflement, daze
As Jenny crossed the finish line, out of breath, she had a look of bewilderment on her face as she witnessed bodies flying and smoke arising from one particular object on the ground.
1. The arrival of a jet might be a terrifying experience for the entire community because jets are not supposed to be flying over the community’s area. Many people may have never seen a jet before so they might have been in a panic mode because they are unsure about what this large piece of steel is doing, hurling itself around in the sky above their peaceful living space.
2. I think that being released from the community means that you are being “put down” or “exiled”. In the novel, whenever they talk about being released, they the author describes it being a very negative experience. It also happens very rarely. This leads me to believe that being released is just another name for an intense punishment such as death.
3. From the discussion during the ritual telling of feelings, I learned that the community has a very structured way of life. None of the people have very much privacy in the community. You are pretty much forced into sharing the things that you are thinking about and what emotions you are feeling towards a specific thing.
4. When children are born into this community, their parents do not get to keep them. Instead they go to the Nurturing Center, where they are cared for by Nurturers. The birth parents will most likely never see their infant again because their child will become someone else’s at the One Ceremony. In our society, when you have a child they are yours and they belong to you. You are then responsible for them. This is not the case in the community where Jonas lives.
5. It is so difficult to get rules changed in the community because the laws themselves require the support of the citizens that the community is controlling. It's too hard to get people to change, so it is too hard to get them to change the rules. The committee takes a large amount of time debating the acquisition and even if it passes the committee, they would still ask the Receiver for advice. But, they do not want to bother the Receiver with such unimportant things compared to the work he is doing.
6. Gabe’s eyes are of such interest to Jonas because they look very similar to the way Jonas’ eyes look. They are the same light shade and are very rare throughout the community. It also seems as if they were born from the same Birth Mother. Jonas and Gabe’s eyes resemble one another and Jonas is curious about this.
7. When Lily heard the new word “hippo,” she thought it was quite peculiar that Gabe's comfort object was called this fascinating term. Lily had probably never heard the word hippo or had ever be exposed to anything like it. This is why I think she reacted as if she was in a state of profanity. Lily reacted with a bit of surprise and laughed a little, because she has no physical knowledge of animals imprinted into her brain. Also, since she knows nothing of animals, she would think it is funny.
8. Jonas risked the humiliation of public chastisement because he was very curious about the shape of this particular apple. He noticed that when it was thrown, it had slightly turned awkwardly. When he and his friend had been playing catch with the apple, Jonas had noticed that it seemed to change in midair. At the time, he couldn't explain that change, but he was very curious about it and wanted to find out more or see if he could make it happen again, so he took the apple home.
9. The pills that Jonas and the other people took got rid of any feelings of "the Stirrings" that they had. The pills somehow flushed the feeling of "wanting more" out of their systems for the remainder of that day. If you did not take the pills, you would experience them nonstop and not be able to treat them. tHese pills also got rid of any feelings of love or dreams about it at all.
10 .I think all the adults were required to take the pills because their "stirrings" continued everyday. The community wanted to eliminate all of these feelings because the community wanted to have full control of absolutely everyone and everything. If they didn't take the pills they'd feel love. The community carefully regulates everything, and using the pills to control love means that no one really follows their heart. They don't really realize it, because they have no independent feelings or thoughts of their own.
11. I think the Birth Mothers held such a low status in the community because there is no real skill involved in becoming a Birth Mother. Children that are more average and not very good at one particular thing, are probably most likely to be assigned this role in the community. You don’t have to be gentle and caring like you would have to be for a Caregiver of the Old or a Nurturer. Being a Birth Mother requires no real skills or talents so this is why that Assignment held such a low status.
12. I think that the lives of the Elderly are better than they are in our society because they are totally taking care of. They have basically nothing to worry about, except what is for breakfast the next morning. They can live out the final days of their lives in a calm and relaxed way. The Elderly can just do their own thing. They have a lot of respect and honor throughout the community as they have all done important things to benefit everyone's lives.
13. When the committee gave the children their life assignments, they consider two things. The first thing they looked at was where the person completed the most volunteer hours. They also consider the child's talents and what they are interested in. Another thing the committee looks at are what assignments need more people doing those jobs. The committee took their time in making these life-changing decisions for these children.
1. "It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened." This hook draws me into the novel because I already want to know more. More about the importance of December and what is so frightening about it. I also want to know more about Jonas and why he was so frightened of a month.
2. The cliffhanger in Chapter 2 is "Though he had been reassured by the talk with his parents, he hadn't the slightest idea of what assignments the Elders would be selecting for his future, or how he might feel about it when the day came." I think this means that something big and unusual will happen to Jonas. This big event might possibly be happening at the Ceremony of Twelves when he will receive is assignment.
3. I think Lois Lowry chose Jonas as the name of the main character because Jonas will influence the community in a large way. He will lead the community out of its sinful ways of making so many rules and regulations. By doing this, he will open up people's choices. This will let them make their own decisions based on their personal needs. The choice of the name Gabriel for the newchild, might suggest that he will influence and help Jonas on his mission to become the next Receiver of Memory. He might also bring some sort of message to the community or maybe just to Jonas. This message will probably drastically change the novel as I think Gabe will have something to do with the main problem of this book.
Jonas is the first character introduced into the novel. He describes his feelings about an upcoming event happening in December. Then, this sparks his memory of a time when an aircraft flew over his community. A “speaker” told everyone to leave their bicycles where they were and go to the nearest building and stay there. This is the first time in his life that he was ever frightened. But that aircraft situation just ended up as the pilot made a navigational mistake and that he was going to be released. This fright that he experienced in his past was not the same feeling as he had now. Jonas decided that he was apprehensive. At the conclusion of dinner, each family shared their feelings at that moment. At this point we are introduced into three more characters. Lily, who is seven years old is Jonas’s younger sister. We also meet Jonas’s parents but we don’t know much about them yet. That night, Lily was feeling angry at a male visitor who did not obey the rules. The rest of the family helped solved Lily's problem. Lily was then sent up to bed. While Jonas and his parents had a private talk.
Jonas and his father talk about past Decembers and their memories of each ceremony. Jonas' father peeked at the list of names at the nurturing center to find out what a baby that wasn't developing as fast's name was. The baby's name is Gabriel, Gabe for short. They discuss the past ceremony in which they got Lily. Jonas' father confided in him that even before his sister was nine years old, he had already taught her to ride his bicycle. There was talk about getting bicycles at a different age but everyone knew it would take forever to get that rule changed. He talked about how he knew exactly what assignment his was going to get. He had done pretty much all of his volunteer hours at the nurturing center and the elders knew that. They also discussed other elevens that were disappointed with their assignments. Jonas stated that he is a little worried about Asher's assignment but his parents convinced him not to worry. His parents talk to him about his future and who his new friends will be because age doesn't really matter anymore. There will be good changes in the years to come. Lily appears now and announces her impatience. She asks for her comfort object and gets lectured on how she will soon no longer have it. Everyone now parted ways, Jonas began his homework and his mother also did some work, while Lily and his father went upstairs.
Jonas' father brings Gabriel home for the first time. Lily points out Gabe's eyes and how they are the same pale shade as Jonas'. Gabe's comfort object is called a hippo and Lily giggles at it because it is a foreign word to her. Lily exclaims that she wants to be assigned Birthmother but her mother lectures her in disgust. She is ashamed that her child would want to do something with such low class. Jonas thinks how much Lily talks all the time and has the idea that she should hope to get assigned speaker. Jonas now recalls a memory of public chastisement that he had experienced. He had noticed something quite odd about the apple that Asher and him have been tossing back-and-forth, during recreation hours. So he brought it back to his house to further inspect it later that night. The speaker then make an announcement that was directed at him. This evening continued on like any other except there was a new addition to Jonas' family unit.
Jonas looks for Asher so they can do their volunteer hours after school. Jonas thinks about a boy named Benjamin who spent all his hours at the Rehabilitation Center, and who basically knows everything there is to know about the job while he's still only Eleven. He finally finds Asher's bicycle outside the House of the Old, next to Fiona's bicycle. Jonas thinks she's a cool girl and like Asher, she's got a sense of humor. Once inside, Jonas signs the log book that records his volunteer hours. If he didn't have enough come December, he wouldn't be allowed to take part in the Ceremony. Once in the bathing room, Jonas begins bathing an old woman. It reminds him of the way his father bathed the baby Gabriel last night. He knows it's against the rules for any person to see another person naked, except for babies and the elderly. The old woman, Larissa, tells Jonas about the release that happened earlier that day. At these events, they always tell the life story of the person who's getting released. Some of the tellings, are boring, but this one – for a man named Roberto – was particularly interesting. Roberto had lived a full life. Jonas asks Larissa what the actual moment of release is like. She's not sure. All she knows is that the person in question walks through a door to the Releasing Room. But she does report that Roberto looked happy as he left. They both wonder why children aren't allowed to witness releases.
At breakfast, Jonas and his family go through another ritual, telling their dreams. Jonas usually doesn't remember his dreams, but this morning is a different story. In Jonas' dream, he narrates to his family, he was in a bathtub like the ones at the House of the Old. He was naked and Fiona was there. He was trying to convince her to get in the tub with him. His family thanks him for sharing. While Jonas' Father takes Lily off to school, Mother asks Jonas to stay behind. Jonas’ Mother tells him that these feelings are called "Stirrings," that he has to report them every time they happen, and that she has a pill that will make them all go away. Everyone takes these pills, every day, until they end up in the House of the Old. As Jonas bikes off to school, he remembers that the "Stirrings" felt good. He wants to feel that way again. Except he took a pill and he forgets all about the dream.
Chapters 20 to 23
adjective, showing or expressing gentleness or kindness, having a kindly disposition
Synonyms: amiable, benevolent, friendly, generous, good hearted
Clara was benign towards the animals she was volunteering to care for at the local adoption center.
adjective, effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant
Synonyms: passionate, excited, vivacious, sparkling, lively
Toby was exuberant as he was preparing for his first day of middle school.
adjective, uneasy or fearful about something that might happen
Synonyms: afraid, alarmed, concerned, suspicious, troubled
Veronica felt apprehensive at even the thought of speaking in front of large crowds.
adjective, taking or showing extreme care about minute details
Synonyms: cautious, accurate, precise, through, picky
Nate meticulously inched through his final exam, taking his time on every question.
verb, to renounce or surrender (a possession, a right, etc.)
Synonyms: abandon, desert, quit, back down, release
The only way Chuck was going relinquish his cell phone, is if he was forced by someone of authority to give it up.
adjective, not paying enough attention to what one does
Synonyms: haphazardly, neglectfully, thoughtlessly, without care or concern, sloppily
Weaving his way through the crowded hallways, Carter carelessly sent an innocent girl's books sprawling to the ground.
verb, to come into possession or ownership of; get as one's one
Synonyms: access, attain, secure, gather, earn
In order to acquire a priceless painting for her mother's birthday, Vanessa had to go through a vigorous budding war in which she came out victorious.
adjective, causing or capable of causing harm
Synonyms: destructive, catastrophic, menacing, noxious, toxic
Holding his breath, Jake sprinted through the harmful toxins in order to rescue his buddy, Liam, from inhaling high amounts of deadly gases.
adjective, directed downward, as the eyes
Synonyms: daunted, forlorn, glum, discouraged, low-spirited
I was beyond being scared, but more than a little downcast at what my fate might be.
adjective, free from commotion or tumult
Synonyms: peaceful, quiet, calm, pleasing, soothing
As tranquil as the massage was, Blair could still not clear her head of her stressed out thoughts.
verb, to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject
Synonyms: excuse, discharge, free, left off the hook, spare
I was over the moon with joy as I had been exempted from taking my Diploma Exams because the flood had affected a neighborhood beside mine.
noun, the act of prohibiting
Synonyms: restriction, exclusion, prevention, refusal, obstruction
John was prohibited from going out to parties by his strict parents.
adjective, of, pertaining to, or belonging as a part of the whole; constituent or component
Synonyms: essential, requisite, fundamental, indispensable, elemental
It was integral to Colby’s survival that she brought her inhaler with her everywhere she went.
verb, to make cheerful or merry
Synonyms: enliven, invigorate, stimulate, breathtaking, thrilling
Samantha’s very first experience of flying in an airplane was exhilarating to the young girl.
verb, to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.
Synonyms: decline, decrease, reduce, subside, weaken
The hours that Jill ended up sleeping at night were diminishing after she received her first phone.
adjective, causing or marked by boredom
Synonyms: dull, mundane, uninteresting, tedious, lifeless
When Lily thought about taking art classes, she described it as boring and a waste of time.
verb, to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to
Synonyms: boost, escalation, expansion, gain, rise
The amount of time Carrie wasn’t at home rapidly increased as she moved onto high school.
verb, to put to use, especially for a particular purpose
Synonyms: administer, employ, exercise, execute, practice
Abby was definitely not the best at applying what she learned at practice, into each of her games.
adjective, beyond or more than what is usual, expected, or necessary
Synonyms: additional, extraordinary, further, unnecessary, supplemental
Kayla was filled with delight when she noticed that her grandmother had slyly dropped an extra scoop of ice cream into her ceramic bowl.
noun, an amount or share allotted or granted
Synonyms: allocation, contribution, fee, gift, grant
Georgia skipped across the tile floor to pick up her weekly allowance from her father’s office.
1. In order for Gabriel to be allowed a second year of nurturing, the family had to go before the committee with a plea on behalf of Gabriel. Each family member was required to sign a pledge that they wouldn't become attached to Gabe and that they would relinquish him without protest or appeal when he was assigned to his own family unit at the next ceremony the following December.
2. I think the difference between release and loss based on the way the community uses these words, is that lost means the person died of natural causes or that they took their own life somehow. Loss might also mean there was an accidental death in which the whole community was saddened. Release, on the other hand, means that the community took matters into its own hands and will most likely killed the person because they have committed a sinful act that wronged someone. Members of the community can also apply to be released. They might do this because of certain personal reasons that lead them to believe that being released is the correct thing to do.
3. When the Nines were given bicycles, it signified that they were beginning to move away from their house and their family unit. It also symbolizes independence and that they can begin to look after themselves in the future. They become more responsible in that they must look after more things then they are used to. Nines are beginning to grow up and move closer to being an adult.
4. Asher had been punished for confusing the words snack and smack because he continued doing it every day and it was not becoming a mistake anymore. It was instead becoming a game to Asher which was not allowed and frowned upon in the community. Once the punishment went too far, Asher stop speaking altogether for quite sometime.
5. The Ceremony of Twelve was set apart from all of the other age ceremonies because it marked the transition from being an Eleven to becoming to Twelve, an adult. It was also the time that each Eleven was assigned a job in the community. This ceremony was the most nerve-racking thing each citizen endured in their lifetime. Getting your assignment was a huge life altering event, as starting your first job is in real life.
7. The Elder had pale eyes, which is very unusual in the society in which Jonas lives. Jonas and the Giver have this trait in common as well as the ability to see color. This trait makes them different from everyone else in the society. Being unique or different is not what you want in the community, as they stress Sameness. Jonas has the ability to "see beyond," the same ability the Giver has, so Jonas is chosen to become The Receiver of Memory.
8. The four qualifications that Jonas had for being chosen as the next Receiver of Memory was intelligence, integrity, courage, and the capacity to see beyond.
9. Asher's hesitation in congratulating Jonas indicates that Asher was very unsure if Jonas should be congratulated. After all, the Chief Elder was very specific in saying that Jonas had been selected. Being the Receiver of Memory is considered the most elite and most important job of the entire community, so, many citizens were stunned at the selection of the next one. There is only one Receiver for the entire community so the selection was a very rare one.
6. The community made the distinction between "selection" for Receiver of Memory and "Assignment" for all other occupations because for every other job in the community, the Committee of Elders could look at characteristics such as interests, physical strength, or the needs of the community for people to fulfill certain jobs. These were all fairly straight-forward criteria; the Committee of Elders could evaluate an individual and assign a job without worrying. When the Committee of Elders is faced with making a decision that requires reflection and consideration of what this job asks of, they rely upon the Receiver of Memory to provide them with the guidance and knowledge that will allow them to make the correct decision for the community.
11. The concept of pain was beyond Jonas' comprehension because in the community, no ever felt pain. Almost every single important choice that you must make in your lifetime is decided by the community. The most pain anyone ever feels in the community is perhaps, falling off their bicycle and scraping there knee. This is nothing compared to the pain that Jonas nothing must endure during his training with the Giver.
12. The Annex is the only building in the community that has locks on the doors. The furniture in the Annex is comfortable. It has bookcases filled with a variety of novels, while the rest of the community has only a couple books that they have access to. The speaker has an on and off switch which lets the Giver have privacy.
10. The item in the list of duties and responsibilities that frightened Jonas was: You may lie. This makes him very uncomfortable and scares him. The community tightly controls precision of language so saying the right thing and telling the truth is very important to them. Jonas is also afraid because the ability to lie sets him apart. He begins to realize just how different he is now, and how much his life is about to change.
13. Jonas misinterprets the Giver's job because he has no comprehension of what will be required of him as the Receiver of Memory. Jonas doesn't understand that the Giver holds all memories of the past, things that no one else remembers or knows anything about.
1. I think that the setting for The Giver is in the future. I believe this because when the Giver is transmitting Jonas the first few memories, he says they are from many, many generations back. So this tells me that these memories could have come from the present or even the past. Another piece of evidence from the novel is that the community has developed something called climate control. This allows them to control the weather whenever they want to. They have gotten rid of snow and rain completely. That is why it is challenging for the Giver to bring back the memory of snow from so long ago. There is no such thing as climate control right now but who knows what will happen in the future. This leads me to believe that the Giver is set in the future.
2. The cliffhanger at the end of chapter eight is "But at the same time he was filled with fear. He did not know what his selection meant. He did not know what he was to become. Or what would become of him." I think this means Jonas is still unsure about his cloudy future. Even after learning his fate, he's scared about what this new honor will mean for him and his life.
3. My perfect utopia would be a place where no one is judged for being themselves. Everyone would have an equal status in my world. People would be free to do pretty much anything they wanted. Sports would be a big influence and everyone would be in shape and love to play each one. No one would care about what they looked like or what other thought of them. It wouldn't matter because everyone is friends with everyone. My dystopia would be pretty much the opposite of this, everyone is rude to each other and no one ever gets along. Sports would be forgotten and everyone would be a couch potato. It would be a horrible place to live.
This chapter begins by Lily complaining about not being able to tie her hair ribbons. She gets over it in a matter of seconds as Jonas, mother and herself set off to the auditorium for the first day of ceremonies. Everyone in the community attended the ceremonies each year. Jonas' father would not join the family unit in the audience because the Nurturers brought the Ones out onto the stage for naming. Gabriel was not with all the Ones though. He had been granted an additional year of nurturing by the committee. The Ceremony began and each newchild received a name and a family unit. Fiona's family had gotten a newchild named Bruno. The next age group ceremonies went on as usual and then there was a break for lunch. The next couple age ceremonies went on up until the end of the Eights. The next was the morning of the ceremony of Twelve, what Jonas had been looking forward to for a very long time. The Nines, Tens and Elevens participated in their instructed ceremonies and finnaly it was time for the Twelves. Jonas began to get a little nervous as the Ceremony was about to begin.
The Twelves took their new place in the front row of the auditorium. The were arranged by their original numbers, Jonas was nineteen. The Chief Elder begins to announce the Assignments for Twelves. When it is Asher's turn, the Chief Elder laughingly mentions language mistakes Asher made when he was younger. The Chief Elder comments that now Asher rarely makes those kind of mistakes and announces that Asher has been made the Assistant Director of Recreation. Jonas is pleased that Asher received a job that fits him so well. Fiona is assigned as Caretaker at the House of the Old, which Jonas knows she will enjoy. After each Assignment, the Chief Elder tells the assigned child, "Thank you for your childhood." This signifies that a child has become an adult. It is now Jonas's turn to receive an Assignment. But the Chief Elder skips Jonas and calls number 20. Jonas is terrified and wonders what he has done wrong. The crowd also is uneasy because the Chief Elder has made Jonas the object of attention.
After all the Assignments have been given out, the Chief Elder tells the crowd that she has skipped Jonas purposely. Jonas had been selected to be the next Receiver of Memory. The crowd is filled with astonishment, and Jonas notices an elder who stands out from the committee because of his pale eyes. He knows this man is the current Receiver. The Chief Elder talks about how ten years ago the wrong selection was made for this position, and the Committee has been waiting for the right person ever since. The Chief Elder says that Jonas has all the qualities necessary for Receiver, intelligence, courage, and integrity. Jonas will have to go through alot of physical pain but he will gain wisdom at the same time. He also has something rare called the Capacity to See Beyond. Jonas is unsure what this Capacity to See Beyond is, but remembers the incident with the apple and notices that the faces in the crowd seem to change just like the apple. The crowd begins to chant Jonas' name. Jonas is proud, grateful, but also quite nervous and scared.
After leaving the Auditorium, the other Twelves talk excitedly about their new jobs. Jonas feels left out and strange. Even Asher acts differently and respectfully toward him. At the evening meal, Jonas asks his parents what happened to the person selected for Receiver ten years ago. His father tells him it was a female, and no one knows what happened except that she disappeared. After dinner, Jonas reads the file he was given at the ceremony describing his training to become Receiver. Other Twelves got thick folders of information. Inside his own folder is a single sheet of paper with a list of rules. He is allowed to ask anybody any question he wants, even if it's considered rude, and they must answer him. He is prohibited from discussing his dreams, or taking medication to relieve any pain he might experience. He is not allowed to apply for release. He is not allowed to discuss his training with anyone. He is allowed to lie. Jonas is troubled by the list. He is nervous about experiencing pain, but is even more uncomfortable about being allowed to lie. He wonders if any other members of the community are allowed to lie.
Fiona and Jonas ride their bikes together to their separate training places that are quite close together. Jonas enters a building called the Annex and is greeted by an Attendant. Jonas is surprised because the are locks on the door to the Receiver's living quarters but they are just for privacy the Attendant assures him. The Receiver's quarters are more luxurious and spacious than any houses in the community. There are walls full of books while other dwellings are only allowed a dictionary, a community information book, and the Book of Rules. Jonas can't imagine what those books contain. The Receiver tells Jonas that he is going to use his last strength to pass those memories onto Jonas. Jonas thinks this means the Receiver is going to tell his lifetime of memories to Jonas, but the Receiver corrects him: the memories he contains are all the memories of the entire world, passed down from Receiver to Receiver, and that he is going to transmit these memories to Jonas. He explains that these memories provide wisdom that helps the community make decisions about its future. The Receiver describes himself as weighed down by memories. The Receiver instructs Jonas to lie on his stomach. He walks over to the wall speaker, which looks like the speakers in every house, and turns it Off. Jonas is shocked. No other rooms in the community have speakers with Off buttons. The Giver tells Jonas that he will now transmit the memory of snow to him.
noun - to reprove firmly but not harshly; advise to do or against doing something
Synonyms: warn, caution, advice, counsel, apprisal
The guidance counselor gave Casey the admonition she needed for choosing which college to attend.
verb - to take in and incorporate as one's own
Synonyms: absorb, grasp, understand, comprehend, take in
each new thing he learned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and beamed as he told his friends of it when he returned to Ohio.
noun - something that is impressive or extraordinary
Synonyms: remarkable, exceptional, wonder, marvel, miracle
It was an amazing
that Shannon had won her battle with cancer as much of the treatment did not go as planned.
adjective - inclined to skepticism; having doubt
Synonyms: suspicions, doubts, unsure
nodded her head in agreement to what Tomas was saying, but Hanna knew she was just playing along with Tomas' lies.
adjective - moving to and fro rapidly
Synonyms: bounce, zest, passion, energy, exhilaration
Cara sprinted across the airport with
because Dan, her boyfriend, was finally home from fighting in the war in a third world country.
verb - to cover or coat with soft, adhesive matter, as plaster or mud
Synonyms: deface, smear, splatter, smudge, cover
Rodney began to daub his canvas as he hoped to create the world's next big Mona Lisa masterpiece.
adjective - extremely painful; causing intense suffering
Synonyms: unbearable, grueling, searing, severe, intense
Chuck experienced an immense amount of excruciating pain when Blair crushed his heart into a million pieces when she broke up with him.
noun - a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order
Synonyms: turmoil, disorder, free-for-all, clutter, unorganized
The birthday party was soon in
as the six year olds scurried around the pinata aimlessly.
1. The transmittal of the memory of snow was so exhausting because it had been a very long time since it had last snowed where the Community is located. Snow was a very distant memory that the Giver had to tug forward from many generations ago. This reveals that the Community has existed for a very long time. The Community is probably in the future because they got rid of the snow, that we still have today. They call this Climate Control. I think this book must be set quite far into the future, as it said that the memory of snow passed through many generations.
2. The two lessons that Jonas learned about the Sun were that it has the ability to burn the human skin through what is known as a sunburn and when there is small amounts of sun light the warmth of it is both calming and pleasurable. These were both important things for Jonas to learn because they began to help him understand how the transmittal of these memories works.
3. The Giver appeared a little sad at the end of the first day of training because he has finally realized that he must give up all of these memories that he has had to protect and hold closely to him. It is upsetting that he must transmit his whole life away to Jonas, because when you are the Receiver, the memories become your life. The Giver wants to hold onto them and cherish them, but he knows that he cannot because it is now Jonas' turn to carry the burden of the Community's past.
verb - to make milder or less severe
Synonyms: satisfy, quench, appease, ease, pacify
The ice bag on Tanner's foot helped to
the throbbing pain of the huge swelling of his ankle.
5. Jonas' relationship with his parents and friends changed after he received his Life Assignment because the Assignment he received was one of great honor in the Community. Everyone started drifting away from him and keeping their distance, especially Asher and Fiona. They felt not as important anymore because receiving the memories began to take over Jonas' life.
6. The Giver called this Seeing Beyond. He had known before Jonas was chosen as the Receiver that he possessed this capability. The first time Jonas saw beyond was when he and Asher were tossing an apple back and forth. Something happened to the apple, Jonas had seen a flash of color when it was in the air. This reveals that the Community was not a perfectly regulated place. It had some flaws, as Jonas uncovered, but only people that had the ability to see beyond could really do anything about. Since these types of people were quite rare, the Community has no real rebellion of this type and it has been kept under control.
7. The Community gave up the ability to see color because they did not want to allow the citizens to be allowed a choice. Choosing leads to questions and these are risks that the Community cannot take. The Community craves for control over the people in it and this is the reason for the "perfect" vibe it gives. Everyone is regulated and under a manipulation. They do not know any better because they have only ever known this to be the right way to do things and live life.
8. It is important for the Community to have a person who can see beyond because they must hold all the memories for the entire Community, generations and generations back. If there was no one to hold and keep these memories and experiences, they would be lost forever. Seeing beyond is one of the main characteristics that they use to identify possible people to become the next Receiver of Memory. This helps the Committee of Elders decide on the best possible option. Whoever demonstrates that they possess the ability to see beyond will be the best choice for this important position.
9. Jonas referred to Gabe as his little brother because Gabriel had been living with Jonas and his family unit. They had been spending a lot of quality time together. Jonas always watched out for Gabe and always did what was best for him. Gabriel is also the only person, besides himself and the Giver that has the ability to receive memories. This brings Gabe and Jonas closer together as Jonas can easily comfort him with a memory of a happy or peaceful time. Jonas and Gabriel also have another thing in common, they both have pale eyes. This is another thing that encourages them to act like brothers.
10. The Giver was bitter about the Council of Elders because they rarely asked for his opinion on important matters, even though the Giver is much wiser than them. They also have no idea what they are really doing, they are operating as robots, yet Jonas and the Giver are the only ones who realize this. They Giver despises them as they have taken all the character out of life. Even though they have eliminated the bad times, they have also gotten rid of the good times. No one will ever get to experience true happiness or pain. The Giver disagrees with this way of life that they have created.
11. I think the first memory that the Giver will transmit to Jonas to give him his first real impression of pain will be one of war. I think this because war has many different elements of pain. For example, if you are a soldier, risking your life for the peace and freedom of our world, you would have to depart from your family. It would break your heart to know that there is a chance you will never be able to see them again. When you are out on the battlefield and one of the members of your team gets shot right in front of you, but you know he is already dead and there was nothing that you could have done. But then after you will start feeling guilty, and you will begin to think that you could have jumped in front of the bullet and sacrificed yourself or that there was something else that you could have done to prevent the passing of his innocent life. This will haunt you for the rest of your life, if you even make it back home. And if you don't, just think about how your family will hear when they receive the news that you are dead. The look of disbelief on their faces and how they will sob for you at they funerals and every night to follow. Not to mention the intense pain of getting hit by a bullet and watching the blood pour out of your body. These are just some types of pain that war can cause many people.
12. Jonas' second experience with snow was unlike the first because he got his first real taste of pain. Instead of being a gentle smooth sled ride down the snow covered hill, Jonas was surprised with an adrenaline pumping, bumpy, high speed free for all down the steep hill. Jonas was exposed to physical pain. He had twisted his leg under him and had heard a crack. His entire leg was throbbing and as if things weren't bad enough, he felt his leg begin to burn. His leg was on fire and Jonas burst into tears because there was nothing he could do to stop it. This memory was drastically different because they signified btoh sides of snow. The carefree, filled with joy times that you can play in the winter wonderland and the blizzarding unsafe winter that most people hate. As the Receiver, Jonas had to experience both of these scenarios of snow.
13. Jonas had to receive and store memories of pain because he has to feel the pain that others in the past have felt. This provides him with the ability to remember these memories and keep them locked tight within his mind. Jonas had to be able to pass these painful memories on to the next Receiver. The Community has banished all of these memories, so in order to keep each memory, of both love and pain, each Receiver must experience pain so the entire Community can live an easy, pain-free life.
1. I think Lowry put the memory of war in a separate chapter instead of making it part of another chapter because the memory of war is a big step for Jonas. It includes unimaginable amounts of pain that Jonas has never been exposed to before. This brings attention to the importance of this specific memory. The memory of war helps Jonas change the way he looks at each event that occurs next. He gains much more wisdom through this experience. Jonas also understands true pain now, so it is easier to appreciate the happy and love filled memories that he receives.
President is to Republic as Monarch is to
Ecstatic is to Joyous as Melancholy is to
Flock is to Birds as
is to Insects.
Censor is to Books as
is to Speech.
Permanent is to Brief as Eternal is to
Hungry is to Starving as Happy is to
Selfish is to Giving as Innovative is to
Adjective - passing swiftly; vanishing quickly
Synonyms: momentarily, fading, sudden, cursory, transitory
Time was fleeting as Penelope reached the age of 95 long and joyous years.
Adjective - sullenly or silently gloomy; dejected
Synonyms: depressed, dismal, gloomy, sad, bummed out
As it poured for a couple hours, Jamie was glum as her soccer game had gotten canceled.
Adjective - no longer in general use; out of date
Synonyms: dated, ancient, outmoded, discarded, extinct
Even though there was once a huge craze for GameBoys, they are obsolete, and hard to come by now.
Noun - a large group, multitude, number, etc.
Synonyms: crowd, swarm, gang, mob, gathering
FBI units travel in a horde, so that they always have each other's back in times of crisis.
Verb - to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.)
Synonyms: abolish, crush, overcome, overthrow, subdue
Th cop car suddenly suppressed the forward movement of a black SUV as it quickly skidded to cut the SUV off in the intersection.
Adjective - of, pertaining to, or characterized by ecstasy
Synonyms: crazy, overjoyed, delirious, upbeat, frenzied
Samara was ecstatic when she found out her new baby sibling was a girl!
Noun - a royal domain; kingdom
Synonyms: territory, field, sphere, dimension, region
The realm of the Aztec's was conquered successfully by the Spanish.
2. The two things that are being compared are the pain from the twisting and the cracking of bone in Jonas' leg and a hot bladed hatchet slicing through his flesh.
This comparison is effective because it puts a very clear image in my mind of the pain that Jonas is going through at that exact moment in the book. I can see a hatchet piercing someones leg and I can easily imagine how much this would hurt. The author does a very good job of describing the pain Jonas is feeling during this memory.
1. The Giver apologized to Jonas after sharing the memory of war with him because it was the most painful memory that Jonas had ever experienced before. It was a very new thing for Jonas. To see so many people suffering helped him to understand how much pain can be felt at once, and how the sorrow it brings can affect people negatively. The Giver was sorry that Jonas had to endure the pain of such a horrible thing.
2. Jonas and his father were worried about Gabriel's fretfulness at night because he was already in his second year of nurturing. By this time in the nurturing process, he should have no problem sleeping calmly at night anymore. They wanted Gabe to be living up to the expectations that were made for him in his development. If he did not fulfill this, he would not be placed with his own family unit. Gabriel would end up being released. Jonas and his father loved Gabe far to much to let that happen though.
3. Jonas tried to solve this problem by transmitting Gabriel soothing and happy memories. This would calm Gabe down and allow him to sleep soundly. Jonas was not exactly allowed to be giving other people memories that he had Received but since it helped Gabriel, it could be their little secret. These peaceful memories that Jonas gave Gabriel, seemed to lull him back to sleep within a couple seconds. This eased both Jonas' and his father's worry that Gabe was fretful at night.
4. One advantage of the family unit in Jonas' Community compared to the family we have in our society is that everything is much more organized. Everyone accepts each other and there is no divorce or unwanted children.
A disadvantage of this is that there is no love, therefore it is not a true family. The parents aren't really married and they do not show affection for one another. the children are not blood related to the parents so they are not actually their kids. The children will never get to know their real parents, which is something no child should have to endure. Once both children grow up, the family disbands and will not really get to see one another again. There is no real sense of being a "family".
5. Jonas' range of emotions differed from those of his family and friends because his were much more in depth. He gained quite a lot of knowledge through receiving the memories and experiences. This opened his mind up to the true feelings behind these emotions. When Lily said she was angry, Jonas realizes that she hasn't actually felt angry before. Lily has not experienced anger because she has no real memory of it in her mind. Jonas has been exposed to many things including a different range of emotions through his training with the Giver.
6. Jonas was in shock when he saw how lightly they were treating such a harsh and obscure thing. He wanted them to stop immediately because they didn't understand the true meaning of pain, suffering and these awful situations. Jonas felt like they were disrespecting the people that actually had to fight in a real war, who actually had to risk their life for there own country and their own people. The other children really didn't understand how important the realization that the pain from these wars has caused all over the world for thousands of years.
7. Jonas felt powerless and alone when Fiona and Asher rode off on their bicycles because it was as if his two best friends had totally abandoned him. Since everyone had gotten their assignments, they had all become more distant from one another, Jonas more than anyone else. This was like the last straw, his friends had left him alone, for good. Jonas felt as if he could not do anything to change their minds, and get them to understand his perspective of all of this. But they would not be able to understand anything. Jonas was going to have to accept that his friends would not always be his friends anymore.
8. The Community referred to the former Receiver-in-training as a failure because after only a short time, she applied for a release. She was granted release so the memories that she had received had be given back to the people. It was a very difficult time for the Community.
This failure affected the rules that applied to Jonas because one rule clearly states the he is not allowed to apply for release. This rule is crucial because the Giver did not want another failure and more memories returning to the people .
9. The thing that shocked Jonas the most when he viewed his father "releasing" one of the newborn twins was that he was injecting a substance that seemed to put the baby to sleep through a needle in his forehead. Jonas learned that his father had been lying to him his whole life. He was also amazed that his father was killing this innocent baby that had done nothing wrong, except that he looked the same as his twin.
10. Jonas learned something very important about the Community's rule about lying. He discovered that the Community had actually allowed lying all along. Everyone lied about the true meaning of release of both the young and old. Jonas and the Giver were not the only ones allowed to lie. Nurturers, like Jonas' father, and Caretakers of the Old, like Fiona lie about what happens when people are released. They say that they are going Elsewhere but they are actually just being killed.
11. I think the feelings that Jonas had about his father and the rules under which the Community lives after watching the Ceremony of Release of the newborn twin were ones filled with betrayal and that he could not trust them anymore. Jonas must have felt like his whole life was a lie, with his own father lying to him and the rules that are issued by the Community being broken so easily.
1. The reader understands that this fantasy will never become true. When a person is released they are killed by an injection and basically thrown out. No one will ever be able to see them again. They do not go to another Community Elsewhere, they are simply killed and gone forever. Jonas does not know this yet though as he hopes for the best for the fates of both the newborn twin, and Larissa.
2. a) The euphemism for death in Jonas' Community is being released. You get an injection to the forehead, with a deathly substance entering your body.
b) The Electric Chair and Lethal Injections are two euphemisms for death in our society.
c) Some euphemisms for Bathroom are Washroom, or Ladies/ Mens Room.
Some euphemisms for Garbage Collector are Custodian or Waste Removal worker or Sanitation Engineer
1. Fiona, a trainee in the care of the old, probably accepted the practice of releasing the old because she has never known anything other than to do what she is told. Fiona thinks this is right and would never question what they are teaching her. She might also just be so excited and pleased with her training that she is not really taking the time to understand what she is doing to an innocent, living, breathing person.
2. The Giver was now ready to make a plan for change because Jonas has convinced that change in the Community might really be possible. Jonas has also given him an idea of how they can create this change most effectively. The Giver had thought about a way to create this change but he never really deemed it necessary until Jonas influenced this by saying that the Community really is missing one thing.
3. If the Community lost Jonas, they would be forced to take on these memories as their own. It would be difficult for them, but it would definitely be worth it. Everyone in the Community would understand what life was like before Sameness and hopefully they would want it that way again. Color would probably return back to the Community, as would choices. This change could also lead to things such as a rebellion, which would harm the Community greatly.
4. The Giver decided to stay behind to help the Community because through his wisdom, he knows that they need someone to guide them through the process of getting back their memories. It would be difficult for them to adjust on their own so the Giver is staying behind to help them in these hard times. The Giver always wants to be reunited with his daughter. He thinks that if he stays with the Community, he might have a chance of seeing her again, through the process of release. The Giver and his daughter were very close, and I am sure that he misses her very much.
5. Jonas and the Giver chose the December Ceremony as the time to implement their plan because everyone would be too busy and get too caught up with all the Ceremonies to notice Jonas' absence for awhile. They also wouldn't think anything of it if they did not see the Giver for awhile, as he usually never attends the Ceremonies. By the time they noticed that Jonas was gone, they would only send a couple searchers as most people are involved in the Ceremonies in some way. The Ceremonies are also the best place to make sure everyone hears an announcement. The Giver would announce that Jonas had been lost in the river and he would conduct a Ceremony of Loss. Everyone would just go along with this as they wouldn't question the Giver, since he is thought of so highly.
6. Father's sweet, sing-song voice affected Jonas on their last evening together because now, Jonas finally knew the truth. He had discovered that his own father was lying to him about what went on behind the scenes at the nurturing center. This cheery voice bothered Jonas because he knew his father was just doing it for show. Jonas could not take it anymore, he knew too much to play along.
verb - to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc.
Synonyms: mirror, resemble, simulate, impersonate, echo
Apollo, as a baby, thought it was hilarious to mimic his father's every move, especially when it came to drinking beer.
noun - a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark
Synonyms: banter, irony, mockery, ridicule, scorn
Eleanor rarely displayed sarcasm, but she cannot help it when people are so oblivious to things.
adjective - feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or pity
Synonyms: mournful, sad, apologetic, deplorable, remorseful
Madison felt rueful towards Victoria as Victoria had just lost the love of her life to cancer.
noun - a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.
Synonyms: disarray, turmoil, muddle, clutter, anarchy
It suddenly was chaos in the hallways, as the familiar bell had rang, marking the end of the school year.
noun - comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble; alleviation of distress or discomfort
Synonyms: condolence, pity, relief, consolation, comfort
Mona showed Mia solace as Mia was grieving her brothers unexpected death.
verb - to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent
Synonyms: amplify, develop, enhance, expand, multiply
Hazel desperately wanted to augment the size of her current house.
noun - a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.
Synonyms: elusive, wanted, criminal, wanderer, escapee
I am now considered a fugitive, I guess, Tom thought, after all, I did accidentally kill someone and happen to run away to a different city, if that counts.
adjective - lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow
Synonyms: laid-back, lazy, sluggish, faint, feeble
Aurora felt very languid after four hours of instense soccer training camp.
noun - the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic
Synonyms: drowsiness, inactivity, dullness, coma, inaction, slumber
Timmy was lethargy after his ACL surgery that repaired his torn ligament, from all the drugs they used to knock him out.
adjective -tightly drawn; tense; not slack
Synonyms: stretched, firm, snug, stiff, strained
Annie's hair was pulled back tautly into a high ballerina bun for her first job interview.
7. If the searchers found Jonas and Gabe, they would have been taken back to the Community. Their entire plan would have fell through. Once they arrived back at the Community, they probably would have immediately began a Ceremony of Release, for Gabriel at least. Trey would have a lot of trouble figuring out what to do with Jonas, as they do not want to count him as another failure, as a Receiver. They would probably just give him the worst possible public chastisement and allow him to carry on as a trainee, as if nothing had happened. The plan for change would never go through and sameness would rule again.
8. Jonas was handicapped by his early departure because he found out something that greatly changed the plan drastically. Gabriel was going to be Released. Jonas loved Gabe far too much to let that happen. Jonas knew the only way to save Gabriel from this horrible fate was to take Gabe with him, away from the community forever. This complication, however, made things difficult for Jonas, as he now had to take care of a child as well as himself. This meant smaller food portions and that he had to steal his father's bicycle so that he could easily transport the two of them. It was going to be hard work, but Jonas knew it was worth it because he loved Gabriel so much.
9. Jonas was able to use memories to fool the search planes because they used heat detectors to find people. The planes looked for heat sources to locate their target. To counter this technology, Jonas used memories of cold and snow to meditate their heat so they would be unnoticed. This worked very well as the planes did not suspect a single thing.
10. Two ways that memories helped Jonas during the journey are:
1. He gave both him and Gabe memories of exhaustion which caused them to sleep easily so their energy levels were high for the next day's journey.
2. Jonas also tries to recreate meals so that the two of them will feel full as if they had just eaten a huge dinner, when they had really not had anything to eat all day.
11. I think that the source of music that Jonas thought he had heard behind him was really a memory of music. Though Jonas had never received any memories of music from the Giver, I think that one was trying to find him. Since Jonas is now the keeper of basically every memory, other memories might have lead him to finding this certain memory on his own. The echo might have been a faint sound of the memory, maybe trying to get Jonas' attention somehow. But to find this out, I guess I have to read the rest of the series.
12. I think that the author ended the story as Jonas was traveling towards his destination because she wanted to end with a cliff hanger. This makes the reader want to find out about what happens next so they will buy the next book in the series. Therefore, producing more sales for the publisher. Also, the author wanted the reader to use their imagination as to what happens in the end.
13. Two questions that the author left unanswered are:
1. What happened to the Community and how did they adjust to the change?
2. What happened to Jonas and Gabriel and where did they end up after many tiring days of biking?
14. I personally did not approve of the ending at all. The author seemed very rush, as if she just wanted to hurry up and finish the book without giving it the thoughtful ending it deserved. I thought there were far too many things that were left unanswered. There were so many loose ends that really needed tying up. Then again, the author effectively left you wanting more, causing you to have to read the next book to find out what really ends up happening. I do not exactly like these types of books with unfinished endings because it shows that the author really just wants to extend the plot and twist it a little more to write a couple more books. I think when you are writing a novel, you should finish the storyline of that one and fully complete it before you evolve the characters more and put them into a second book. Overall, I enjoyed the novel but I definitely do not think that the ending did it justice.
The Giver placed his hands on Jonas' back and transmitted the memory of sledding down a hill to him. Jonas can feel the cold air and snowflakes hitting his face as he speed down the hill. After the memory was over, the Giver tells Jonas that other people do not have this memory because they gave it, and all other memories up. Things like hills made it hard to grow food, so they reached a solution called Sameness. Jonas doesn't like this and wishes that Sameness did not exist. Then, the Giver gives Jonas a memory of sunshine, and to Jonas' request, a little taste of pain. He experienced a sunburn. Jonas then asks what name to call the old Receiver, he says the Giver.
That night, Jonas has a dream about sledding down the hill, but refrains from sharing it with his family unit the next morning. All the Twelves are filled with excitement about their training and share all the details to everyone else. Jonas cannot do that, even to Fiona who tells him much about her own training at the House of the Old. He feels sad that he cannot tell Fiona about his training. Jonas notices that Fiona's hair did the same thing the apple did a short while ago as it flew behind her in the wind. He arrives a minute late to training because of this and asks the Giver about it.The Giver explains that once everyone saw in color, before Sameness, but they had to give up color in order to gain control. Jonas disagrees with this and the Giver points out that he is gaining wisdom. To show Jonas all the colors, the Giver gives him a memory of a rainbow.
Jonas is upset that there is no color anymore. He tries to see if he can show Asher that there is color by touching his shoulder when he is looking at flowers, but Asher is weirded out and turns away from him. The next day, the Giver gives Jonas a memory of an elephant getting killed by poachers. Jonas explains to Lily later that day, that there was once elephants walking around that looked like her comfort object, but she brushes off the idea and laughs. Jonas finds out that the Giver had a spouse but she now lives with the Childless Adults. The Giver wishes that the Committee would ask for his advice more often, but he doesn't think they trust him as much after the failed female Receiver was released. Sometimes, the Giver is in too much pain to transmit memories to Jonas so Jonas usually just hangs out by the river for a while. One day, Jonas asks to be given some of this pain to lighten the burden on the Giver.
The Giver transmits to Jonas a memory of falling of the sled and breaking his leg. He is fine afterward, just in a little bit of shock. Jonas wonders why he must hold so many memories of pain and the Giver tells him that without pain, we would have no wisdom. He reminds Jonas that this job is very honorable, because he must hold the memories for the whole Community. At Jonas' house, Gabriel is beginning to become more fretful at night and Jonas' father is getting worried. There are also twins scheduled to be born, so that means one will be released. That night, Jonas accidentally transmits Gabriel part of a memory. It seems to help him settle down and sleep so Jonas gives him the rest of it to calm him down. Once he realizes what he has done, Jonas decides not to tell the Giver about it.
The next day, the Giver is in horrible pain and asks Jonas to take this memory from him. He gives Jonas a memory of a war. In the memory, Jonas is a young man who gives another badly injured solider water and then stays with him as he dies. Jonas is also injured, and the pain he feels is horrifying. Afterward, The Giver is sorry and asks Jonas to forgive him.
The days following Jonas' receival of the dreadful memory of war, the Giver takes it easy on Jonas and gives him happy and easy memories to understand. The Giver transmits to Jonas his favorite memory of all. It is a memory of love and family. That night Jonas asks his parents if they love him. They do not say they do, they only say that they enjoy having him around and take pride in his accomplishments. Jonas gives Gabriel another happy memory to help him sleep. In the morning, he decides not to take his pill to control Stirrings.
Four weeks later, there is an unscheduled holiday announced so there is no school for Jonas. He is enjoying his dreams since he has not taken his pills. Jonas goes for a bike ride along the river and wonders about where Elsewhere is and what it means. on his way back he sees Asher, Fiona and other kids playing a game similar to war, with pretend killing. Jonas gets very angry and Fiona tries to console him. Then, Fiona and Asher ride away on their bicycles and Jonas is left alone feeling hopeless and abandoned. Jonas arrives home and confides in Gabe. At dinner, Jonas learns from his father that the identical twins are being born the next day and someone from Elsewhere will come to pick up the smaller child.
Jonas asks the Giver about release and the Giver says that he thinks about it when he is having a very painful day. But then reminds Jonas that both Jonas and himself are not allowed to apply for release after what happened with the trainee ten years ago. Her name was Rosemary and after receiving the painful memories she couldn't;t carry on so should was granted release. The memories that were given to her were also released back to the community but the Giver couldn't help the people as his was too overwhelmed with grief. Jonas wonders what would happen if he died accidentally and the Giver reminds him that the memories would just be returned tot he people so he should try not to die anytime soon.
Jonas tells the Giver that he was questioning release because his father spoke of releasing the newborn twin today. The Giver tells Jonas that as the Receiver, he is allowed to watch a release. Jonas is unsure but agrees to watch anyways. The Giver turns on the video screen as he sees his father inject one of the newborns with a syringe into his forehead. The baby twitches and is then motionless. His father whispers, "bye, bye". Jonas is in shock as he learns to be released, actually means to be killed. The Giver explains why this was so hard for him that Rosemary was released and that she actually asked to inject herself with the needle.
verb, to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.
Knowing the history of the word enriches the meaning of the paragraph because it makes it much easier to understand. It allows for more incite to properly comprehend the desired message from the paragraph.
The paradox in this sentence is that the reason that the Giver was chosen for his job was to keep Sameness throughout the Community and that was his plan for life. But now he is saying that his work will be finished once the Community has changed. He is contradicting his original job with his now recent plan to change the Community for the better.
Jonas is very upset and now crying because he has found out that his father has been lying to him for as long as he could remember. He questions the Giver's truthfulness and the Giver states that he has always been honest. Jonas refuses to go home that night so he spends the night with the Giver. Jonas tries to convince the Giver that they must do something to remove the lies of the Community. The Giver thinks it is hopeless but then admits that he thinks they have a bigger chance with Jonas by his side. They stay up most of the night, creating a plan. Jonas will escape from the |Community so all the memories will be given back. jonas wants the Giver to come with him, but the Giver says he must help the people with this new change. The Giver reveals that he cannot see colors anymore but he has something called, Hearing-Beyond in which he can hear things like music. He offers this memory to Jonas but he refuses. They decide on what they must do to prepare for Jonas' departure and the Giver tells Jones that what he wants most of all is to be with his daughter, Rosemary.
Jonas finds out that something has drastically changed the plan. Gabe was going to be released the next day but Jonas could not let that happen. That night, when everyone is asleep, Jonas steals his father's bicycle that has a child seat for Gabriel and some leftover food to begin his journey earlier than expected. He wishes that he could have gotten the planned memories from the Giver but pushes that out of his mind and urges himself to concentrate on pedaling out of the Community for good.
The two fugitives are on their way riding on the bicycle everyday. The landscape begins to change and is becoming unfamiliar, at least to Gabriel. Jonas has gained knowledge of these things through his training. They are running out of food quickly so Jonas tries to find some berries and even catch a fish or two to keep them from starving. He thinks about his decision of exiting the Community early and declares that it was the right one, or else Gabriel would not be alive. It rains for two days straight which makes Gabe cry. Jonas cries too because he is worried that he will not be able to save Gabriel.
One day it snows, leaving the two cold, tired and hungry. They reach a hill and find that it is too challenging to ride the bicycles so they abandon it and Jonas carries Gabe instead. Jonas gives Gabriel his last memory of sunshine and warmth to keep the toddler from shivering. Jonas concentrates on happy memories and his desire to keep Gabe safe to keep his legs trudging up the steep hill. At last, they reached the top. Jonas recognizes it and sees a sled. Jonas and Gabriel ride the sled to the other side of the hill just like Jonas did in two of the memories. At the bottom, Jonas sess rooms of colorful lights, filled with people who understand love. He suddenly hears music and coming from the houses in front of him, but Jonas thinks it could also possibly be from the Community behind him. Or, it could just be an echo.