The Giver: Book/Play Comparison
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"He watched them hack the tusks from a motionless elephant on the ground..." Page 100
"He heard people singing...he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo." Page 179
"As he looked up and toward her going through the door, it happened; she changed." Page 90
What happened to her hair?
When this scene was added to the book, the way he reacted to this memory helped show the reader how Jonas grew and changed throughout the book, since this scene was taken from the play, the director missed a chance to further develop Jonas' character.
This small alteration made a big change in the ends of both the book and the play, this is because the ending to the play changed the audience's minds about what the house in the snow really was. The book ending just makes it seem like Jonas's memory was a reality and that's it, while the play ending made it seem like he had known the place from more than his received memories.
This scene was included in the book, this scene is a very important part of the story because it helps show the reader how Jonas' ability to see beyond appears more often.
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