The Giver Essay

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Book Report - The Giver

     The Giver by Louis Lowry was published in 1993. I did not choose this book it was recommended to me I classify this book as an inner adventure. As in Jonas goes through an emotional metamorphosis (if you will)

Jonas lives in a community where pain, rudeness, and war are non-existent. All children undergoes a ceremony in December every year until they reach twelve years of age, at which point they receive their Assignments, the jobs they will perform as adults. A committee of Elders carefully watches each child in order to determine which adult occupation best suits his or her talents and interests. The committee also takes the greatest care in matching spouses in order to ensure
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Jonas receives a sheet of instructions informing him that he is not allowed to discuss his training with anyone. He is also exempt from the rules regarding rudeness; he is allowed to ask a question of anyone and receive an answer. He is also permitted to lie. Jonas is both proud and afraid to have been chosen for such an honorable role.
The current Receiver, now known as the Giver (since Jonas is the new Receiver), must transmit the memories of the whole world to Jonas. The Receiver's chief role is to use the wisdom these memories give him in order to advise the committee in shaping future policy for the community. Through these memories, Jonas comes to experience the deepest sufferings and the deepest joys of the past. He learns that the community eliminated things such as snow, color, and love long ago in order to make itself into a utopia. Over time, Jonas becomes increasingly alienated from his community because he sees a rainbow of colors where they see nothing but shades of gray. Their emotions are only a shadow of what he experiences through his memories. He begins to question whether it was worth it to sacrifice so much to create a utopian community.
Meanwhile, he learns that a Birthmother is due to have identical twins and that his father will have to choose which of the newborns to "release." The Giver allows Jonas to watch a

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