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The Giver

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Katie Sun

on 12 January 2014

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Transcript of The Giver

The Giver
The theme
The theme: The importance of memory.
In the Giver, they decided not to have any memories of the past so there would be peace. The people of the community would not have to experience true fear and pain and they would not cause any chaos.
Though, the people would not have wisdom. They cannot learn from their mistakes. They cannot experience any emotions that would lead them to true happiness.
Personal Statements
1. I think memories play a very important role in life. They help you in life by recalling knowledge from the past to help you with the present and the future.
Quote #1
"...it's true that it has been this way for it seems forever. But the memories tell us it has not always been this way. People felt things once. You and I have been a part of that, so we know. We know that they once felt things like pride, and sorrow, and-[love and pain]"
Quote #3
"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."
Quote #1 and #2
"Memories are not the key to the past but the future.
- Corrie ten Boom
Quote #3
Pictures #1 and #2
Picture #3 and #4
Picture #5
*from the novel
This quote explains that memories are important because they bring true emotions and feelings. With emotions and feelings people can enjoy life. It also brings people together to experience happiness. In the Giver, Jonas realizes that without memories the people of the community do not know true pain and happiness.
Quote #2
"There's much more. There's all that goes beyond-all that is Elsewhere-and all that goes back, and back, and back. I received all of those, when I was selected. And here in this room, all alone, i re-experience them again and again. It is how wisdom comes. And how we shape our future."
*from the novel
This quote shows that the memories of the past are very important. This is because the memories have the wisdom to improve the future. In the Giver, the Giver gave advice to the people of the community in times of trouble with the wisdom from the memories (not shooting the plane).With the memories of the past it can correct our mistakes. Without the memories of the past the future will stay the same.

The quote explains the importance of letting all the people have memories. The memories hold a special bond between the past and the present. In the quote, the Giver states that he feels lonely when he holds the memories. He cannot communicate with anyone but Jonas. He realizes the memories must be shared so everyone will know their past and learn from their mistakes.
*from the nove
"Nothing is ever really loss to us as long as we remember it."
-L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl
The pictures relate to the theme, the importance of memory, and to the novel. The first image represents the people's incomplete memories of their past. The missing puzzle piece is like the missing memories and thus this is why the people of the community do not know true emotions. This leads to the second picture where it shows that without true emotions people are like robots.
These images show that when you erase memories you are also erasing the past. Memories contain the wisdom of the past. Because the Giver had the wisdom from the past, he was able to prevent starvation and destruction.
This photo shows you a man stopping everyone in going in one direction which might be the wrong way. The man represents someone with memories of the past. Everyone else represents the people without memories. They are all walking past him because they don't understand him. Memories are important lead you to the right direction.
Picture #6
This picture shows that memories are important because memories you can help you with your choices. You can use the knowledge from the past. In the Giver if the normal people had to make a decision it would be hard for them.
Why I Choose The Theme
3.We should appreciate that we know our history and that we have memories, so we should pass on these memories.
2. I think memories of the past should be shared in Jonas's society. Their life seems so dull and boring. With the memories of the past their life might be so much more exciting. The people of the community will experience so much more emotions.
*from other written texts
This quote means that the memories are the answer on improving our future. This relates to the Giver because in the Giver when they needed help on deciding something they would have to ask the giver with all the knowledge from the memories of the past. In the world we learn from our past too.
This quote relates to the importance of memory. It's saying that as long as we remember the past, history won't be forgotten. In the Giver the past was remembered by the Giver and Jonas. In the world we learn about our history so it's not forgotten.
Lois Lowry
By: Katie 74
"They don't feel as positive toward the positive pictures or as negative toward the negative ones. They're not depressed, but their emotional experience appears to be flattened."

However there are two people in the community, the giver and the receiver, Jonas, who have the memories of their past.
The importance of memory is a theme that is held throughout the novel. Memory is very important to us, it gives us true emotions, knowledge, and wisdom. Without memories, mistakes would be made repeatedly. In the Giver, only the Giver and Jonas had such wisdom and knowledge. They were able to experience life much differently than the rest.
The news article this quote is from is about people with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that causes problems with your brain. It destroys your memories, and you’re thinking skills. This quote shows that without memories of the past, emotions are very weak. The people with Alzheimer's must have experienced a lot things during their past and without the knowledge of their past they cannot experience life to the fullest.
*from a news article

This quote is from:
The Importance of Memory
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