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The Giver - Character Profile

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Transcript of The Giver - Character Profile

Name: Jonas

Motive: Wants to learn more about the world he lives in

Interests: Doesn't really have a lot of interests, but is a really curious boy

Role in community: Jonas is an eleven at the start of the book but becomes a twelve during the book. He is given the role of the receiver at the ceremony of twelve. The job of the receiver is to receive all the memories the giver has

Personality traits: Curious, All ways want to know more, perceptive, mature, emotional, smart

He liked the feeling of safety her in this warm and quiet room; he liked the expression of trust on the woman's face as she lay in the water unprotected, exposed, and free. (chapter 4)

"I couldn't quite get the word for the whole feeling of it, the feeling that was so strong in the room." (chapter 16)

He wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel. He no longer cared about himself. (chapter 22)

Strengths: Smart, courageous, quick thinker, brave

Weaknesses: emotional

Name: Asher

Motive: Jonas' best friend

Interest: Hanging out with friends, playing

Role in community: Same age as Jonas. He is given the assignment of Assistant Director of Recreation at the ceremony of twelve.

Personality traits: Funny, bubbly, a bit slow, immature


Strengths: Enjoyable, out-going

Weaknesses: Slow thinker, immaturity
The Giver
Name: The Giver

Motive: Transfer his memories to the
receiver (Jonas). Also decides major

Interest: Reading, sitting in his room

Role in community: Takes the memories from previous Givers and keeps them until he has to pass them to the next receiver (Jonas). With the memories he makes decisions based on experiences from the past. In this book he is transmitting his memories to Jonas at the time.

Personality traits: wise, sometimes depressed, old, caring, loving

I have a great honor. So will you. But you will find that that is not the same as power. (chapter 11)

They need a Receiver to contain all that pain. And knowledge. (chapter 13)

"Having you (Jonas) here with me over the past year had made me realize that things must change. For years I've felt that they should, but it seemed so hopeless. Now for the first time I think there might be a way," The Giver said slowly. (chapter 20)

Strengths: wise, intelligent, strong initiative

Weaknesses: emotional, age, pass experiences
Name: Fiona

Motive: Friend of Jonas', a lovely, sweet girl

Interest: Caring for the old, playing with friends

Role on community: Fiona is the same age as Jonas and one of his closest friends. She is a normal child who is assigned to the house of the old at the ceremony of twelves. Her life is mostly normal with nothing exciting happening

Personality traits: good student, quiet, polite, well-mannered, has a sense of fun


Strengths: smart, caring, helpful

The Giver - Character Profile
Name: Lily

Motive: Jonas' little sister

Interest: Playing

Role on community: Lily is a seven but becomes an eight at the ceremonies. She doesn't have a role in the community yet other than being a kid.

Personality traits: Bubbly, chirpy, loud

She (Lily) clenched her fist and the rest of the family smiled at her defiant gesture. (chapter one)

Strengths: out-going

Weaknesses: young
Jonas' Mother
Name: Jonas' Mother

Motive: A mother figure to Jonas (Not Jonas' birth mother)


Role on community: Jonas' works for justice department. She punishes those who have broken the rules.

Personality traits: Smart, affectionate


Strengths: Smart

Weaknesses: over powering
Jonas' Father
Name: Jonas' Father

Motive: Father figure to Jonas (Not his
biological father)

Interest: Nurturing newborn kids

Role on community: Jonas' father is a nurturer.
He looks after the newborns and cares for them until they are given to their new family unit.

Personality traits: Smart, not very affectionate, no emotions

"Do you love me?" (Jonas)
There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. "Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!" (chapter 16)

He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself. (chapter 19)

After Twelve, age isn't important. Most of us even lose track of how old we are as time passes.

Strengths: Intelligence

Weaknesses: No feelings
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