A review of the novel the giver by lois lowry

Johnson, Haynes, and Nastasis write that, although the majority of students said either they did not understand the novel or did not like the novel, there were students who were able to connect with Jonas and to empathize with him.

Ill-equipped, Jonas sets out with the baby on a desperate journey whose enigmatic conclusion resonates with allegory: The ending is ambiguous, with Jonas depicted as experiencing symptoms of hypothermia.

They also allow him to lie and withhold his feelings from his family, things generally not allowed in the regimented Community. Jonas wants the Giver to escape with him, but the Giver insists that he will be needed to help the people manage the memories, or they will destroy themselves.

The first memory is of sliding down a snow-covered hill on a sled, pleasantness made shocking by the fact that Jonas has never seen a sled, or snow, or a hill — for the memories of even these things has been given up to assure security and conformity called Sameness.

Lowry is once again in top form The only way to make this happen is for Jonas to leave the Community, at which time the memories he has been given will flood back into the people, as did the relatively few memories Rosemary had been given.


Jonas lives in a perfect society--no pain, no crime, no unhappiness. The day finally arrives, and Jonas is assembled with his classmates in order of birth.

Once the Community is re-established along new lines, the Giver A review of the novel the giver by lois lowry to join his daughter, Rosemary, in death. However, after The Giver shows Jonas the tape of his Father "releasing" a new born child, a process in which the child is killed and disposed of, Jonas ultimately loses his trust and admiration of his father.

Rosemary was unable to endure the darker memories of the past and instead chose release, injecting the poison into her own body. The current Receiver, who asks Jonas to call him the Giver, begins the process of transferring those memories to Jonas, for the ordinary person in the Community knows nothing of the past.

Some children will agree with Jonas, but others will find themselves attracted to a life that is uniformly pleasant, if never exhilarating.

Are the tradeoffs the people have made to get rid of the bad things in life really worth it? The plan is scuttled when Jonas learns that Gabriel will be "released" the following morning, and he feels he has no choice but to escape with the infant.

His assignment will be that of Receiver of Memories. Plot[ edit ] Jonas, a year-old boy, lives in a Community isolated from all except a few similar towns, where everyone from small infants to the Chief Elder has an assigned role.

The community is a metaphor for restriction and censoring; it limits the choices of an individual until they have none left, removing joy from life. Gradually Jonas comes to understand, and resent, the choices that had to be made to create his world, and the terrible secrets behind its perfection.

Jonas is stunned when his turn is passed by, and he is increasingly conspicuous and agonized until he is alone. Everything is chosen; from your parents to your partner. Join the site and send us your review! It is symbolic of the change from the innocent mind of a child into the questioning and educated mind of an adult.

A powerful and provocative novel New York Times Jonas lives in a perfect society. There are two possible meanings behind the ending; either Jonas and Gabriel freeze to death together on the sled, or they have really found "Elsewhere".

There is no pain, poverty, divorce, delinquency, etc. Using his ability to "see beyond," a gift that he does not quite understand, he finds a sled waiting for him at the top of a snowy hill.

There was a problem adding your email address. The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. The ending of The Giver is powerful because we have a choice in what it means; just as Jonas made a sacrificial choice for the good of the community, you have to decide for yourself too.

Continue reading Show less Is it any good? By leaving the community Jonas has already made an individual choice, and this demonstrates to the reader that it is better to live your life the way you would like to, than be held back by others and never really be happy.

The author is true to her determination not to stack the deck for readers; the ending is deliberately ambiguous, with allegorical overtones, leaving readers to decide what they want to believe. He saw all of the light and color and history it contained and carried in its slow-moving water; and he knew that there was an Elsewhere from which it came, and an Elsewhere to which it was going.

The Giver by Lois Lowry - review

The community runs by common agreement to its rules; some freedom is sacrificed for security; joy, for avoidance of misery. He and Gabriel ride the sled down towards a house filled with colored lights and warmth and love and a Christmas tree, and for the first time he hears something he believes must be music.

At the age of 12, children are assigned their jobs, which they will train for and do for the rest of their lives. This book was easily read in a couple of hours because of its simple but gripping storyline and its interesting characters.

Jonas is shocked when he is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memories, a mysterious position of honor held by only one person at a time.

Together he and the Giver concoct a plan to change the way his world works, but before they can carry it out Jonas is forced to make a decision that may destroy them all.The Giver is a American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses.

The novel follows a year-old boy named Jonas/5. After two decades of gracing middle school syllabi, Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” has finally landed on the big screen. For many millenials, the book acted as. Jan 21,  · Parents need to know that Lois Lowry earned the Newbery Medal for The Giver, the first of a four-part series that examines a flawed utopian society.

The novel has a disturbing scene in which Jonas witnesses his father euthanizing a baby by injecting it with a needle in the head.

There are also mild sexual references.5/5. From the book jacket's evocative photographic images—The Giver in black and white; trees in blazing color—to the suspenseful conclusion, this book is first-rate.

The Giver, Book 1

Just as Lowry's Number the Stars (which received the Newbery Medal) portrays the Danish people's triumph over Nazi persecution, The Giver engages the reader in an equally. “The Giver” brings to life Lois Lowry’s novel about a dystopian community. And, according to the Post's Ann Hornaday, if you liked the book.

In a radical departure from her realistic fiction and comic chronicles of Anastasia, Lowry creates a chilling, tightly controlled future society where all controversy, pain, and choice have been expunged, each childhood year has its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for compatibility.

A review of the novel the giver by lois lowry
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