The Giver -Plot Diagram

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • The Exposition of "the Giver" begins in a Utopian society where a young boy Jonas lives. He is 11 years old and about to be an adult
  • CLIMAX
  • The conflict of the novel is that Jonas is about to turn 12. This is the age when it is decided by the elders what job you will be given as an adult. The problem is Jonas is undecided and worried what he will be chosen to do.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • The rising action happens during the selection process. The ceremony when each child is moved up to a new year. The 11's are last to be called as they will each be given their jobs. It is here Jonas number is skipped! In a twist of suspense he called last to be The Receiver of Memory.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Jonas has been training as the receiver, because of his position he is allowed to ask questions that no one else can ask. he also learns about life before the "utopia". It is when he asks to see his father perform a release that he realize what it truly is - murder.
  • With his new memories he devises a plan to escape with Gabe, a baby his father has been nurturing whose life has been threatened. Together they escape running at night and sleeping by day. In hope to escape "Elsewhere".
  • The Giver does not have a set resolution. In the end, Jonas and Gabe experience starvation, cold and fear. However, they have each other and a bond of love. The story ends with the two sledding down the hill that Jonas was given a memory of, together.
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