The Giver Book Report Essay

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Title of Book: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Year of Publication: 1993

The Giver is a 1993 American young dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. This novel is set in a society where at first everything appears to be utopia- the perfect place but as the story proceeds further it is revealed to be dystopian. This novel has a character who is a 12 year old boy named Jonas who is taken up for the highest position in his community which is of Receiver of Memory, the person who captures all the memories of the past before Sameness as their society or community has taken away pain by converting to “Sameness”, a plan that has completely destroyed the emotional depth from their lives. As Jonas is given a lifelong job of Receiver
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Everyone was assigned their lifelong jobs at the age of 12 and everything will run smoothly in the community until and unless there is an external interference, for example; the plane that flies overhead.

Various literary devices can be observed in the novel The Giver. First example that can be given is Irony. One can find it ironic that at first Jonas’ family tried to save Gabriel so hard but when they got to know that Gabriel has to be Released, they just accepted it and questioned nothing. Another example is Foreshadowing. The Chief Elder shadowed pain when Jonas got his job. She went on about how Jonas will experience pain that none of the members of the community had ever felt. Another example where literary device is observed is Figurative Language- Simile. The sentence (taken from Chapter 11 page no. 82) has a simile as a comparison has been made between the snow flakes that were in Jonas’ hand and the cold fur using the word like.
“He could see a bright, whirling torrent of crystals in the air around him, and he could see them gather on the backs of his hands, like cold

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