Themes in The Giver
Themes of The Giver Broadly, the book The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, is about how a boy name Jonas, born in the perfect utopia where there are no freedom and colour, people there promotes sameness. Until Jonas founds out that there are more then this community when he got his unique Job assigned at the age of 12. Being a receiver of memory let him know that the real world is beautiful and colourful; there are rights for every human being. Jonas felt unfair and hope to escape from this tragedy.
In this story Lois Lowry wants to show the readers that there is no perfect utopia built by humans, f they have built one, there will have sacrifices made. The elders attempted to build a perfect utopia but somehow secrets will soon be exposed. Lowry wants the readers to understand the disadvantages through Jonas’s Job, being the receiver of memory. There are many themes mentioned throughout Jonas’s life in the community. I’m going to discuss and describe three of the themes, which are freedom of choice, emotions and colour.
In the Giver, Jonas lives in a community where there are no freedoms of choice. Everything is decided, the elders’ makes all the decision and citizens don’t get to hoose. Every year, there is a ceremony for all ages. By the age of 12, they will get an assignment, which is their future Job for their rest of their life in the community. Every assignment was set, assigned; they don’t get to use their future Job. Jonas got his Job as the receiver of memory at the ceremony of 12. (Chapter 7& 8 pg. 50-71), In a frim, commanding voice she announced, “Jonas has been selected to be our next receiver of memory. For the new-borns, there are so names that are chose for them at the naming ceremony when they are born. Chapter 2, page 11-13) “New child Twenty-three,’ the namer had read. “Lily. ” (Chapter 1, pg. 3) “Jonas was careful about language, not like his friend, Asher, who talk too fast and mixed things. ” The elders thinks that having the freedom of choose is very unsafe, (Chapter 13 pg. 99) I can’t imagine it, we really have to protect people from wrong chooses. Hence, they don’t have any freedom of choosing, name, Job, use of language or spouses etc.
When Jonas receives the memories from his training with The Giver, he started to understand freedom and rights. He felt so unfair and thought of protest, but the giver stopped him because the rules are set long time ago. (Chapter 14, pg. 113) “The decision was made long before my time or yours… ‘ The giver said” In the community, “Love” doesn’t exist, because the people there don’t have feelings, they think that love is a very inappropriate wording that cannot be used. (Chapter 16, pg. 127) “Do you love me? ” There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. “Jonas.
You, of all people. Precision of language, please! “. People in the ommunity need to have penalties after doing things wrong, so the elders thought of a “release” for the people who wanted to leave this community or they had done some serious crimes. But turns out, they can’t leave the town, they simply Just murder them by fatal injections. Which the people are very innocent, they have no idea of when he saw his father (as a nurturer) “killing” one of the twins. (Chapter 19 pg. 150) “He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself. ” The second theme I’m going to talk about is emotions.
Emotions in Jonas’s community re very rare because they are taken away. Jonas was almost 12 when he got his first dream of seeing her friend Fiona and wanted her to be naked. Your mom told him that it was totally normal and Jonas has to take the pills to take away the “Stirrings”. (Chapter 5, pg. 37) “It’s Just the pills, you’re ready for the pills, that’s all. That’s the treatment for Stirrings. ” The pills technically Just take away Jonas’s feelings for Fiona. It shows how the elders take away their emotions. They don’t feel pain also, because the pills can also have this function of taking away pain.
When Jonas became the trainer of the receiver of memory, he started to experience pain, difference of weather, and happiness, anger etc. The feelings that he never had before, all comes from the memories that the giver had transfer to Jonas. Since only Jonas and The giver knows about real feelings, Jonas felt lonely when he cant express himself clearly with his family and friends. The giver showed him a memory of war, where there are people shooting each other, bloodiness all around the floor and is really sad. Then He attempts to let them know that the war game that his good friend,
Asher (recreation assistant) plays, is not good. But his friends’ thinks that it’s only a game and thinks that he’s being over-reacting. (Chapter 17 pg. 132-134) What’s wrong Jonas? It was only a game,” said Fiona. mfou ruined it” Asher said in an irritated voice. “Don’t play it anymore” Jonas pleaded. “I’m the one who’s training for Assistance Recreations director. ” Asher pointed out angrily. “Games aren’t your area of expertness. ” Lowry wants to show that emotions are very vital, if emotions are missing, then it will be very monotonous and Jaded. The third theme I’m going to discuss is colours.