S: The Giver
FC: The Giver Lois Lowry
1: Jordan Butcher Mrs. Ellis 3rd Period March 7, 2011
3: Is this really a "perfect" Utopia? What is release? Jonas, the main character, who is a twelve year old boy. Jonas find out things in the past that is truthfully heart wrenchingly awful. Is this perfect community, really perfect? | Teaser
5: Setting | Time: December Future, span of a year. Place: The "Perfect Community, mostly the Annex Center in which the Giver lives.
7: Jonas- is a twelve year old boy with light eyes who is intellegent, patient, curious, brave and strong. The Giver- is an old, wise, closed and tortured man, he bares the memories of the past which, in turn makes him wise. Gabriel- is a new child who, doesn't develop properly and inable to sleep through the night without a soothing memory | Characters
9: Plot | In the novel, "The Giver" Jonas, who lives in a world where there is no true pain, pleasure, color or music. At the annual Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas recieves the highest and the most prestige job in the community. His assignment is the reciever of memory. As he meets the reciever he experiences his first memory riding on a sled. Not until later does Jonas notice that he can see colors. In the community the word "release" is not taken lightly. It is such a harsh and cruel punishment because release is when a the said person getting released must have a syringe filled with lethal poison injected into their blood stream, the life-less corpse is stored in a container and throw down a garbage chute. After Jonas finds out what release, he decides to run away. When he finds out that they are planning to release Gabriel, the newchild who had been staying with them for a year, Jonas decides that he will take Gabriel with him. Jonas and the Giver had made a plan, Jonas would take Gabriel and leave his dwelling in the middle of the night. The Giver would order a car and a driver and drive where Jonas and Gabriel can escape to Elsewhere. Jonas and Gabriel escape in the night and sleep in the day. Finally Jonas can hear the memory "Love and Christmas" so he runs to the source to find it. The last sentence says "or maybe it was an echo".
11: Evalution | The Giver was a great book, I give Lois Lowry kudos well written, mystery in every page. It felt like I was in the world with Jonas. I loved it because of how much it makes you think and appreciate the world we live in now, with choices and individuality. It makes you appreciate memories good or bad. The book, makes me feel terrible for the people who don't get to experience life, fully. That's why, I loved the book, a lot. I would compare this world to ours. The alike and different. In our world, unfortunely we do have war, fear and pain. To contridict myself, you have to have the bad to appreciate the good. How they're alike is there is still people, we still interact mostly the same. In their world, they still are married, raise children the same. Finally, in conclusion, I wouldn't much care for this so called "perfect" community, I'd rather endure pain to have color, music, real feelings and uniqueness, than a world filled with sameness.