S: The Giver Project
BC: Written By Rebecca
FC: The Giver Project | By Rebecca
1: The Giver Project
2: In the beginning of the book we are introduced to a community. In this community there are specific rules, like your job is chosen for you by the elders and if do you something wrong you will get released. One of the biggest rules of all is how their community is colorless. All of these rules are to make everyone in the community the same. Jonas, an 11 year old boy, is worried about the his Ceremony of 12 coming up. In this ceremony he is supposed to get his assignment, but gets skipped instead. At the end of the ceremony he is told by The Chief Elder that he has been selected to be trained as the next Receiver of Memory. As the Receiver of Memory, Jonas must train with The Giver, who was the Receiver of Memory before Jonas. In Jonas’ training, The Giver transmits memories to Jonas by putting his hands on Jonas’ back. The Giver transmits all kinds of memories; good memories, bad memories and whatever else Jonas needs. Later in the book Jonas decides he wants to escape his community so he can live in Elsewhere, a world similar to ours. The night before he leaves his father tells him that Gabe is scheduled to be released the next day, so Jonas takes Gabe with him. At first everything was going well until their food supply was dangerously low, but in the end Jonas and Gabe get to Elsewhere.
4: Euthanasia is when you painlessly kill someone (also known as mercy killing). Mercy killing is illegal in Canada and you can serve 14 years in prison if you are caught. It is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Oregon and Washington (US). The difference between euthanasia and helping someone commit suicide is to look at what caused the death. For example if the person was killed by someone putting a plastic bag over their head then it would be euthanasia, but if the person were to inject a deadly poison into them through a needle a doctor put in then it would be helping someone commit suicide. There have been cases of euthanasia in the past. One example of this is the Nazis in World War II. It was involuntary, but the way they killed Jewish people and children with mental disabilities in gas chambers was euthanasia. Back then I don’t think there was any punishment, but now if people were doing that they would be sent to jail.
6: Color has been eliminated so everyone in their community can be the same, and so there isn’t bullying or hate or anything like that. It has helped with what people feel in the community and no one being different, but that’s also kind of harming it because everyone’s the same and there’s no diversity. I think that a world without diversity would be pretty boring actually. No would be different or unique, and it would just be strange at first. If color did not exist than I don’t think we would notice if we were born into a colorless world, but if the world became colorless tomorrow then I think that we would be very confused and I would be sad because I like having color in our world and celebrating diversity. We would have to come up with a few different things like some other way to direct traffic and stuff like that, but we would benefit by having no hate in our world. I would really miss color and diversity though. I would not like to live in The Giver’s world because of the absence of color. Even though there are negatives to color (like hate and bullying), I like the diversity in our world. It allows us to be ourselves. The down part of color in our world is hate but we can stop that by not being racist or sexist and if we just accept each other.
8: A memory is kind of a thought or experience that’s in your brain for as long as you want. There are good memories and bad memories and any other memory you can think of. Memories are important so we can learn from them, and so we don’t make the same mistake twice. Memories can also be painful. For example if you have a bad memory of something bad it could be hard to remember. Some memories are good though; memories where you’re surrounded by love and family or just something that makes you happy. While the rest of the community is only allowed to have 3 books each, The Giver is allowed to have many books. I think that is because books are a way that we can keep and share memories. If we want to share them with others then we can just write them in a book and ask others to read the book. Or we could draw a picture of the memory and put it in a book or show the picture to others to share it. I cherish memories when I felt good and when I did something that made me or another person feel good. I cherish them because I like feeling good or proud or whatever that memory was. Other memories (like sadder or painful ones) are more difficult because I don’t like feeling pain or being sad. For example I hate the memory of when I sprained my ankle at camp because it hurt so much. Maybe that’s why The Giver is usually in so much pain. He has to deal with even worse memories and more memories than we do. I understand why the community assigned one person to keep it all. They chose to select one person so the rest of the community wouldn’t have to feel the same pain, and so the community could still have ‘Sameness’.
10: I rate this book 7/10 because the ending didn’t really catch my attention and the ending wasn’t very good, but the middle of the book was really good. My favorite part was when Jonas gave Gabe the memory of the boat because I could really imagine it.