"It was easy living in such a simple society, knowing what to do and how you were going to live each day"(14).
"Why did the skip Jonas, why him?"(44).
The Giver begins in simple society where a young boy, Jonas lives. He is eleven years old, and about to be an adult.
"Running as fast as his legs could carry him, running as far as his legs take him, he ran"(130).
The rising action happens during the selection process. The ceremony when each child is moved up a year. The elevens are last to be called as they will each be given their jobs. It is here were Jonas's number is skipped. In a twist of suspense, he is called last to become the new Receiver of Memory
Jonas has been training as the receiver. Because of his position, he is allowed to ask questions no one else can ask. He also learns about life before the utopia. When heasks to see his father preform a "release", he realizes what it truly is-murder
"He ended that child's life without even knowing it. He killed him"(77).
With his new memories, Jonas devises a plan with Gabe, a baby his father had been nurturing, and whose life is threatened. Together they escape, running at night, and sleeping by day.. Jonas hopes they can escape to "elsewhere".
There is no definitive resolution to The Giver. In the end, Jonas and Gabe experience starvation, cold and fear. However, they have each other, and a bond of love. The story concludes with the two sledding down a hill that Jonas was given a memory of, together.
"There he saw it, and felt it, the memory was staring right into him"(198).