The Giver By Lois Lowry

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The Giver Essay In The Giver by Lois Lowry, an important job called the receiver of memory must be assigned to an appropriate candidate. This is because society has chosen security over freedom, they have no danger, no pain, no real emotions. So they must select someone to hold all the memories of suffering, sorrow, and elation so citizens don 't have to experience the risk of choosing wrong or getting hurt. There were many pieces of evidence that assigning a new receiver of memory was a rare opportunity. For example, when Jonas was anxiously waiting for his position in the community, the chief of elders explained to the citizens that Jonas would become the new receiver. The chief of elders then commented that choosing someone for such an …show more content…
In the book it says, “He felt, surprisingly, no fear, nor any regret at leaving the community behind. But he felt a very deep sadness that he had left his closest friend behind.” (Lowry 163). This states that although Jonas had felt upset about leaving, he wasn 't scared. Jonas thought it was right to leave the community, that even though the citizens may suffer at first due to the memories, in the long run they would be thankful. Just because of this information, he left his home and his family, his friends, and even the sense of security. By the leaving the community he became exposed to dangers of the world, and he was willing to risk his life so he could change the community forever. Especially for someone his age he showed extraordinary amounts of courage, he 's still a boy, yet he left his home with the blink of an eye, which is much harder than leaving with doubts. Jonas’ courage to stand up for what he believed was right and leaving his home altogether was self explanatory to whether or not he has …show more content…
As Jonas received the memories The Giver gave him, he learned how to feel, and to understand pain. For example, "He had walked through woods, and sat at night beside a campfire. Although he had through the memories learned about the pain of loss and loneliness, now he gained, too, an understanding of solitude and its joy." (Lowry 122) Also, "I felt sad today, he had heard his mother say, and they had comforted her. But now Jonas had experienced real sadness. He had felt grief. He knew there was no quick comfort for emotions like those.” (Lowry 10-11). As Jonas received the memories, he realized what real pain was. It was not slamming fingers in a door, it was warfare, it was loneliness, and when Jonas felt these emotions, he knew that society must feel some pain, or else they would never learn like he did. They would never learn what real joy is without feeling some pain. The pain made Jonas wiser because he understood what the real world is like, he learned that although pain is not something cherished it is needed in society so strong feelings of joy could also be felt. Jonas figured out how to avoid getting hurt from the coldness that Gabe and him shared at the end of the book. He figured out how to keep going to Elsewhere no matter how painful it was because of hope. He was prepared for the worst, and because he understood what true pain really

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