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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Giver

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

OK, so what do you think of when you think of red? Fire, passion, and love…exactly. Red is a pretty intense color. Possibly the intense color. So when Jonas starts seeing the color red, he's...

Setting

Yes, our description rather vague, but so is the setting in The Giver. We can't be sure when the story goes down, but since the memories of a distant past correspond to OUR world today, we conclude...

Narrator Point of View

The Giver is told in the third person, but focuses exclusively on Jonas. We know what he's thinking and feeling, and we don't enter into anyone else's head. The narrative often just goes into telli...

Genre

Jonas's community is an attempt at a utopia – a perfect society with no pain, suffering, or violence. But, as we see from reading, there are clearly some problems here. There's no freedom, ch...

Tone

Lois Lowry explains in her Newberry Medal acceptance speech that she tried to "seduce" the reader. No, not that way. What she means is that she wants to draw you in, and in a way ease your guard at...

Writing Style

The Giver is a rather straightforward narrative, so you won't get bogged down in ornate language or Faulkner-like, page-long sentences. But that doesn't mean that the writing is childish or boring....

What's Up With the Title?

The term "The Giver" refers of course to the old man, the former Receiver, who transfers all his memories to Jonas. The very names "Giver" and "Receiver" remind us of one of the book's central them...

What's Up With the Ending?

The ending to The Giver is sort of a "take it how you like it" deal. Either Jonas and Gabriel make it to Elsewhere, everyone is happy, and the world is right as rain, or…they die of exposure/...

Plot Analysis

Jonas is waiting for December.This is how things start off in The Giver. Jonas waits with what, after some deliberation, he identifies to be "apprehension" for this mysterious "Ceremony of Twelve"...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: The Quest

Jonas is named "The Receiver."Our hero doesn't exactly start his ordeal voluntarily. He's "selected," as they say, to bear the burden that the rest of the community would rather not deal with. But...

Three Act Plot Analysis

We meet Jonas and are slowly introduced to "the community" and the ways in which it functions. At first, we might be enticed, but it soon becomes clear that it's not such a beautiful day in the nei...

Trivia

The face on the cover of the book is Carl Nelson, a painter whom Lowry interviewed and wrote about for a magazine she once worked for. She thought he had an amazing capacity to see color – fa...
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