The Giver

The Giver: Essay Q&A

  What are the differences and similarities between the beginning and ending of the novel?   Both the beginning and ending take place in the month of December, although the year is not specified by the author. We do know that the time expanse for the whole story is one year, beginning and ending in …

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The Giver: Biography

Lois Lowry was born Cena Ericson Hammersberg on March 20, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Major Robert (an Army dentist) and Katherine Hammersberg (a teacher).  Cena’s name was changed to Lois Ann a few weeks later, at the request of Robert’s mother. When Lois was two years old, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. …

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The Giver: Theme Analysis

  Getting Older and Maturing   Growing older has a constant presence in the story in a number of ways. Chief among them is the fact that the society is structured around ages. Every age signifies a change from one level to another. Jonas is an Eleven. When they go through the ceremony to become …

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The Giver: Top Ten Quotes

“It’s the choosing that’s important.” p. 98 Jonas is talking about the sameness in the community and how he has to wear the same, old blue tunic. The Giver points out that choice is at the heart of the matter; when you can’t choose, it makes life very dull. “If you were to be lost …

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The Giver: Character Profiles

Asher   Asher is Jonas’s best friend at school. Asher makes Jonas laugh. He talks fast and scrambles words and phrases until they are barely recognizable.  Asher represents familiarity for Jonas, something that he tries to cling to when his world turns upside down.   Benjamin   Benjamin is in Jonas’s class. Benjamin is very …

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The Giver: Metaphor Analysis

Ribbons   Everybody likes ribbons, but in this story ribbons are another symbolic reminder of the way in which individuality is tied up and sameness promoted. All females under nine must have their hair in ribbons and tied neatly.  Lily does not like the ribbons that keep her hair back; they always seem to come …

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The Giver: Chapter 21-23

Chapter 21, Summary   Jonas is forced to leave unexpectedly, so their plan had to be changed. Jonas is not afraid as he flees the community on his bicycle. Jonas finds out that little Gabriel was going to be released by his Father, so Jonas takes Gabriel with him. They have to escape the search …

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The Giver: Chapter 16-20

Chapter 16, Summary   The Giver transfers the memory of Christmas, grandparents, and love to Jonas. The society cannot use the word love. Jonas lies to his parents, his first lie. Jonas continues to give memories to Gabriel. Jonas stops taking the pill.   Chapter 17, Summary   Jonas realizes the loss, the alienation, from …

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The Giver: Chapter 7-11

Chapter 7, Summary   Assignments are given to the twelves, namely Jonas and Asher and Fiona, in this chapter. This is the most important part of the ceremony because the young people are given their assignments that will carry them through the rest of their lives. Asher is given the assignment of Director of Recreation. …

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The Giver: Chapter 12-15

Chapter 12, Summary   Jonas has another “seeing beyond” experience. He is with Fiona, and he sees her hair change in some way he doesn’t understand yet. Jonas describes these experiences with the apple and the hair to The Giver. The Giver explains to Jonas that he is beginning to see the color red. He …

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