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Mood in Lois Lowry's 'The Giver'

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Andrea Holka

on 11 October 2013

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Mood in Lois Lowry's book 'The Giver'
Curiosity and Awe
The mood changes to curiosity and awe as Jonas begins to receive Memories from the Giver. He seems to be eager to learn about the past when colors existed in his community. "'But it was such fun! And now you don't have it anymore! I took it from you!' But the old man laughed. 'All I gave you was one ride, on one sled, in one snow, on one hill. I have a whole world of them in my memory.'" page # 84
The mood once again changes as we see Jonas go into a disgusted rage upon realizing what happened. " Jonas felt a ripping sensation inside himself, the feeling of terrible pain clawing its way forward to emerge in a cry." page # 151
Fear and Freedom
Upon running away with Gabriel, Jonas feels fear of the unknown world across the bridge. They both begin to feel the sweet feeling of freedom as they flee from their community.“All of it was new to him. After a life of Sameness and predictability, he was awed by the surprises that lay beyond each curve of the road.” page #171
Apprehension in 'the Giver'
Apprehension is the most prominent mood in this book. Jonas is apprehensive as he awaits his life-long assignment. The mood slightly changes to become a mix of apprehension and nervousness as he receives his new assignment as 'Junior' Receiver. " ' Jonas has been selected to be our next receiver of Memory.' Then he heard the gasp-the sudden intake of breath, drawn sharply in astonishment, by each of seated citizens. He saw their faces widen in awe. And still he did not understand. 'Such a selection is very, very, rare,' the Chief Elder told the audience. ' Our community has only one Receiver . It is he who trains his successor.' " page # 60

The mood changes to shocked and speechless as Jonas watches tha apple change from a dull gray color to bright red. " It had happened during the recreation period, when he had been playing with Asher. Jonas had casually picked up an apple from the basket where the snacks were kept, and had thrown it to his friend. Asher had thrown it back, and they had begun a simple game of catch. There had been nothing special about it; it was an activity that they had performed countless times: throw, catch; throw, catch... And again-in the air, for an instant only-it had changed. It had happened four times. Jonas had blinked, looked around, and then tested his eyesight, squinting at the small print on the identification badge attached to his tunic. He read his name clearly. He could also clearly see Asher at the other end of the throwing area. And he had no problem catching the apple. Jonas had been completely mystified.
The Giver quickly clears up Jonas's apprehension.
Jonas becomes curious about the sled.
Jonas is shocked at the apple's color.
Jonas takes his father's bicycle at the beginning of his journey toward freedom.
Upon realizing what happened Jonas decided to go and never look back.
The feeling that a literary work gives to readers is called Mood. This can be any feeling, like happy or sad or angry. Writers use words, phrases and images to create Mood.
By Andrea Holka
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