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Whenever you read these teenage books you always think they take place in the future because they’re always after a war that wasn’t happened yet books like… The Hunger Games or Divergent maybe even the giver because they give memories of war but no one in the community remembers it because it was a long time ago. Imagine a place where there is no color, no choice; a place where individuality and freedom have been traded for sameness and security. Louis Lowery has created such a place in the novel The Giver. This place, or rather a community, is presumed to be in the future and is supposed to be a kind of utopia where everyone conforms to the rules. The citizens have no connection with their past or what they have given up. There are only two people who can remember. One is the Giver and the other is the Receiver of Memory. These two people are the main characters in this story. A Giver is an old man that the council of elders turns to when they have a problem. He listens to their proposals and then tells them what they should do by basing his decisions on the lessons of the past. He also gives his memories to the Receiver of Memory who is Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy. As Jonas receives memories, he learns about bad things like war, hate, and pain. He also learns of good things like colors and love. As he receives memories his eyes are opened to the wrongs of his so-called ‘perfect’ society. But the giver is a novel. A novel about Jonas and how receives the memories of the past, good and bad, from the current Receiver, a wise old man who tells Jonas to call him the Giver. The Giver transmits memories by placing his hands on Jonas’s bareback. The first memory he receives is of an exciting sled ride. The Importance of Memory. One of the most important themes in The Giver is the significance of memory to human life. Lowry was inspired to write The Giver after a visit to her aging father, who had lost most of his long-term memory. The giver is similar to our society because the government controls most of what happens, but the people just don’t realize it yet. There is a very small group of scientists that are working on genetic engineering. As in the book, which was written in the third person, both societies discover how shallow their communities have become. Differences: There is no genetic engineering, and all the babies are made from various DNAs People can only see black and white besides the Giver and Jonas. Everyone has brown hair and brown eyes except for Jonas, his adoptive brother Gabe and Fiona.
There are many themes to choose from in The Giver. You might choose the triumph of individuality, the importance of memory, the celebration of difference, or the tyranny of suppressing choice but I’m going to choose families and birth and I’m going to describe how their society is the same and different from our society.
Families: In chapter one page eight, specifically explains that you are only allowed having four people per family. Two children one male, one female-to each family unit. We may have as many children as we want. The world record for mast children is 69. It was written very clearly in the rules. Another weird thing about their families is that they Search Results
The first step in forming a family unit happens when an adult applies to receive a spouse. … Families in The Giver are chosen or matched by the community’s Committee of Elders. They match parents because they have compatible characteristics and the children they are given are never their own biological children.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I lived in Jonas’ society because things are totally different from our society like color, food, temperature, and many other things. There is no love. To prevent unwanted babies and affection. Adults take pills for stirrings (which is what they call dreams) this way they can control both emotions and populations.
Overall it may be said that the book written by Lowry was inspired to write The Giver after a visit to her aging father, who had lost most of his long-term memory. One of the most important themes in The Giver is the significance of memory to human life.