In the book ‘The Giver’ there is a character named Jonas who lives in a futuristic world that is supposedly “perfect”. As the book goes on Lois Lowry shows that this world isn’t really all that perfect. It seems to be missing something that isn’t obvious. Jonas world is missing something, its missing memory, choice, and freedom. The main point to the novel is memory is important for any freedom or emotion. There are ceremonies that age from one to twelve and after twelve they are known as adults. Each and every year the community comes together and celebrates the child turning into an adult. At age twelve the children are chosen for a specific role in the community. They can’t even pick what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Their jobs are chosen by their elders. However when Jonas turns twelve he is assigned a special role. He is supposed to be a receiver, which is the most important job in the whole community. What is the receiver? Well, Jonas will find out that the Giver was the old receiver and he holds all the memories of the world. Now, Jonas is to be the one to receive the memories that are passed down by the Giver.
Friendship, fun, love, color, and music, these are all the things people of this time do not have. The reason they don’t have these in the current world is because they had already sacrificed all of their memories to eradicate and ban pain. Though, the elders did not realize that the memory holds things of greater importance than pain. They don’t have access to the memories of the world, but the Giver does, so they don’t value their lives because they had never felt pain of really known what pain is. Therefore it is so easy for them to kill anyone who is not perfect in their eyes, or to kill anyone who doesn’t follow the rules.
Jonas receives training and experiences lots of things to be the next. He gets warnings about the training being difficult and that it may hurt him. Not only does Jonas receive memories of...