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In "The Giver" it is late November and
December at the beginning, in a utopian
society. Within this society there are many
different buildings, such as homes, the
school, The Nurturing Center for newborns,
and others. There are many roads for
bicycling and other transportation. Jonas,
the main character, often travels to
different settings too, like the House of the
Old, where he volunteers. The time period
of this piece is the future, after society as
we know it has fallen apart.
Jonas is the main character of "The Giver"
so far. He has blue eyes, which is rare for
the community, and blonde hair. He is
rather anxious and shy, but has many
friends. He sees things differently than
other people, and notices physical
changes in objects. He is a protagonist
and a major character. He is also a
dynamic character.
We put blue eyes to represent Jonas, because he is one of
the few in his community that has blue eyes. Blue eyes
helps them to “see beyond”
Lily is Jonas' sister and is a minor
character. She is nine years old and very
confident. She loves to talk and has dark
eyes, unlike her brother. She always
wears hair ribbons, as required. As a
minor character she is a protagonist and
dynamic. She is brainwashed like
everyone else in the society.
We put untied hair ribbons to represent
Lily, because in the beginning of the story
Lily’s hair ribbons were always untied,
and she got in lots of trouble for it.
Asher is Jonas's best friend and a minor
character. He has the concentration
and attention span of someone much
younger than him. He is funny and
always rushing his words. He is static and
a protagonist. He has terrible hand-eye
coordination and loves to build and
Asher is a very good architect, at least with legos and toys. He
isn't very coordinated, and is rather clumsy, but very funny. He has
been Jonas’ friend since they were babies, or “newchildren.”
Gabriel is a baby who is growing up in
Jonas’ house because he wasn’t
matured as much as the other babies.
He is a minor, yet important character,
and is a protagonist, as well as being
rather static. Gabriel was soon to be
released but Jonas thought otherwise.
Jonas took Gabriel and left the
community so that both of them could
be safe. He has rare blue eyes like Jonas.
Gabriel is a little boy. Who has bright blue
eyes, which is very strange in the community.
He is very small. Sometimes, he has trouble
The Giver is one of the most powerful people in
the community. He holds all the world’s
memories. From sledding to sunburn he has
the memories for it. He is training Jonas to be
the next Giver. He is very wise and is greatly
respected by the elders of the community. He
seems older than he is, because the memories
have worn him down. He’s very stern, but still
very kind. He cares about Jonas, just as he
cared about the past receiver who failed, who
was also his daughter. The Giver is a major
protagonist, and a dynamic character.
The Giver is a very wise
man. He is very old. He
also is very wrinkled, and
has white hair.
The action that leads up to the major conflict.
Rising Action: In the ceremony of twelves,
Jonas thought that they skipped over him,
but it turns out he was chosen as the
receiver. Also, all of the training to become
the new receiver is also a rising action.
When Jonas experiences love for the first
time, and wonders if his parents love him is
rising action. Also, when he experiences
war for the first time and sees a boy not
much older than himself dying, it leads up
to the conflict.
The most important or pivotal event/events in
the story.
Climax: When Jonas finds out that his father
isn’t “releasing” babies when he says he is, he’s
actually just killing them it is the climax. Also,
when Jonas and The Giver, make a plan for
Jonas to leave the community and all of the
memories will be released into the community.
Jonas leaves the community and escapes
without getting caught, with Gabriel. Another
part of the climax is when Jonas realizes that a
girl named Rosemary was a receiver, that
failed, and asked to be released. Rosemary
was also the Giver’s daughter. This is when
Jonas realizes how dangerous his job really is.
The tying up of loose ends and ideas in preparation for
the resolution.
Falling Action: Jonas’ journey from his
community to elsewhere is falling action.
He’s trying to protect Gabriel, and keep
him alive, even when he’s starving, thirsty,
tired, and hurt. Also when they have to
sleep in the day in the beginning so they
won’t get caught by the searching planes,
he finally sees the elsewhere that he
dreamed of, and he is sledding down the
hill, just like in his memory. He can’t wait to
feel love, and have this place be much
different than his community.
Man Vs. Nature: Jonas is facing nature, when the giver is transferring
memories to him. When Jonas sleds down the icy hill, when he falls off and
breaks his arm he experiences pain. Nature caused this pain for Jonas,
because the icy hill made Jonas’ sled go out of control, and he fell off.
Man Vs. Society: Jonas doesn’t agree that the people in the community
shouldn’t know the memories. He and the Giver try to come up with a plan,
so that the whole community will have the memories already transferred to
Jonas. Jonas believes that the world should be as it used to be, with all colors
and memories still there.
Man Vs. Himself: The Giver has the conflict with himself. The Giver can’t
decide whether to tell Jonas about Rosemary, and how she died. The Giver
also is really upset, because Rosemary wasn’t only a failed receiver, she was
also his daughter. They both knew what releasing really was, and Rosemary
still chose to be released. The Giver didn’t know whether to train Jonas the
same as he had trained Rosemary, and risk what may happen, or train Jonas
in a nicer way, never letting him feel pain. Jonas had to have felt pain
though, because those are part of the memories.
The theme for The Giver is that everything is not what it seems.
Sometimes you have to go beyond the norm to find the truth that
you need. Jonas did this when he learned about his father’s killing
the children and elderly instead of releasing them. “He killed it! My
father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was
realizing.” (pg 151) Jonas didn’t know what was happening, and
hated that he knew, but it helped him save Gabriel. Jonas also had
to find out about Rosemary, the old receiver who died in the
process, and about snow, sunburn, and other past events. He had
the courage to learn about death and war, and the books the
Community was hiding from him. It gave him knowledge and power
to understand the wrongdoings of a society he had always known.
The resolution occurred when Jonas escaped the
community with Gabriel, alive. The community was
devoid of emotion and knowledge, and it was
blinding its inhabitants to the truth about “release”
where people were really killed. Jonas took the
power and information from the Giver and left the
community with Gabriel, so Gabriel wouldn’t be
released, AKA killed, by Jonas’ own father. The
theme comes in to play here when Jonas uses the
truth and knowledge he knows to overcome and
leave behind the lies and hazing he has grown up
This is a picture of the resolution because it shows when Jonas and
Gabriel escaped the community by sledding down a hill.
This story was great because the emotions that you felt
throughout the book varied so much. The mood changed
from bright and happy, to mysterious, to sad and filled with
grief. Jonas’s emotions often reflect the story’s mood. An
example of when the story was sorrowful was when: “Jonas
felt a ripping sensation inside himself. The feeling of terrible
pain clawing its way forward to emerge in a cry.” P. 151. An
example, in contrast, of when he was happy:
“Comprehending all those things that sped downward, he
was free to enjoy the breathless glee that overwhelmed him.
P. 82. These ever-changing emotional displays that express
the emotions of Jonas create an atmosphere that changes
the emotion of the book itself, as well as the reader’s
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