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Conflict in The Giver
Transcript of Conflict in The Giver
- When another character struggles with another character. Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Man vs. Himself
Throughout the book, Jonas struggles to do what he thinks is best for the society. Jonas grew up thinking that he had the perfect life but when he became the receiver, his perspective changed.
"He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was realizing."
Man vs. society
Man vs. Man
In the book, Jonas has some conflicts with the Giver. Jonas sometimes has a hard time expressing his feelings to the Giver. The Giver also has conflict with Jonas when he has to transmit bad memories
"The Giver looked away, as if he could not bear to see what he had done to Jonas. "Forgive me," he said."
Man vs. Nature
- A character struggles with the force of nature.
Man vs. Society
- When a character or group of characters fight against the society in which they live in
Man vs. Himself
- The characters struggle takes place in his/her own mind. Usually has something to do with a choice (choosing between right and wrong), or it may have to do with overcoming emotions or mixed feelings.
Jonas also had conflict with his father when he gave Jonas the news that Gabriel was going to be released.
"Jonas put down his fork and stared at his father.
"Release?" he asked
Another conflict is that Jonas feels guilty about not taking his pills to stop his stirrings
"He had not taken the pills now for four weeks. The stirrings had returned, and he felt guilty and embarrassed about the pleasurable dreams."
Jonas faces a conflict when he asks his parents if they love him. When they don't reply with a reasonable answer, he has an internal conflict with himself whether his parents love him not.
"Do you love me?" there was an awkward silence for a moment. "Precision of language, please!" Jonas's father replied."
Throughout the book, Jonas slowly more and more starts disliking the rules of the community. He doesn't agree with not being able to see color, people getting released for no reason, no one being allowed to make choices, and most of all, only one person receiving pain.
"It isn't fair that nothing has color!"
"Not fair?" The giver looked at Jonas curiously. "Explain what you mean."
"Well..." Jonas had to stop and think it through. "If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and
Man vs. Nature
The community controls the weather, temperature, the land, and the animals. No one is able to experience these because they don't want anyone making any wrong decisions.
"But what happened to those things? Snow, and the rest of it?"
"Climate control. Snow made growing food difficult, limited the agricultural periods. And unpredictable weather made transportation almost impossible at times."