The Giver

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  • Jonas has a sister, mother, father, and his best friend Asher. He lives by the same strict rules. Only one sibling of the opposite gender, no color, no emotion, no love. No one complains because they know of no other life, another life that he may soon discover.
  • Jonas's Rules and Changes (Chapters 1-5)
  • "He had waited a long time for this special December. Now that it was almost upon him, he wasn't frightened, but he was . . . eager, he decided. But there was a little shudder of nervousness when he thought about it, about what might happen. Apprehensive, Jonas decided. Thats what I am."
  • Jonas's Honorable Assignment (Chapters 6-10)
  • "Such a selection is very, very rare."
  • "He has shown all the qualities a receiver must have. Intelligence, integrity, and courage."
  • "Anguish"
  • "Confusion"
  • Training Starts (Chapters 11-15)
  • "Welcome. We must get started, your a minute late."
  • "I apologi ---" Jonas began, and then stopped, flustered, remembering there were no apologies during his time here."
  • In the world Jonas lives in, everything is laid out for you. You are assigned a wife, children and job with no say. Children must wear specific outfits, and must participate in volunteer hours. They live in "sameness," but no one seems to mind as they have never known of anything else, although that may all change. Jonas will soon be attending his Ceremony of Twelve in December, the last ceremony that determines their permanent job. He explains he is apprehensive.
  • Feeling alone and stressed (Chapters 16-20)
  • Should he tell the Receiver about giving Gabriel the memory?
  • Stress
  • Why did we change from an exciting world to this?
  • Jonas had been skipped over at the Ceremony of Twelve, something that had put the audience in shock and confusion. As the names and assignments had concluded Jonas was called up to the front with the Chief Elder. He was told that he would be the new Receiver. She explains his qualities that would make him an ideal person for the job, but she also explains pain that comes with it, which worries Jonas.
  • Final Journey (Chapters 21-23)
  • "His thoughts continued. If he had stayed, he would have starved in other ways. He would have lived a life hungry for feelings, for color, for love."
  • Today is day one of Jonas's training. When he meets the Receiver for the first time, he almost can visually see the pain he had endured. He was old and wrinkled, and seemed tired out. It was then time for Jonas to receive his first memory. He found himself atop a sled, waiting to go down, He feels "cold" and "snow" for the first time, and is truly amazed. He feels joy for the first time as he slides down.
  • Finally There
  • The Receiver has been giving Jonas millions of new memories, cheerful and dreary. He feels stressed because he cannot share any of the memories with his family and friends. He even tries to secretly pass them on the memories so they can experience emotion and color, but nothing works until he tries it on Gabriel, a newborn baby staying with them, (Jonas's father is a nurturer).
  • Cant tell anyone
  • Why can't we do something about it?
  • After uncovering what their world was like in the past, learning he has been lied to his whole life, and has no other way of changing his world, the Receiver and him form plan where he runs away with Gabriel during the night, and the Recivet explains to the community that Jonas has fallen into the river, and that they have no one next in line to be the Giver, forcing them to hold all the memories, pleasant, grave, gloomy, and painful. They are cold, starving, and being chased down by rescuers.
  • "And Gabriel? For Gabriel there would have been no life at all. So there had not really been a choice."
  • After Gabriel and his long journey through the snow and rain, the pressure of being caught, and the emptiness in their stomachs, they have finally made it. Jonas had used memories of warmth to stay alive. Jonas sees the sled at the top of the hill. He sets himself down on the sled with Gabriel in his hands, and slides down towards the sound of beautiful music and voices, a warm glow awaiting them.
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