The Giver


The Giver is a very intimate story about a boy’s escape from a strange and controlling society. This book is very meaningful. It shows the depth and heart needed in a great book. Lois Lowry is a great writer and his books plot gives a great lesson on our modern society and the dangerous road we are taking when we try to be the kings and queens of the world.

In The Giver, the reader really doesn’t realize what the name “the giver” means. It seems that someone will hand something to someone else. Is it a present? -Or a bomb? This book is really about the opposite, taking. In the book the people have no choice, their leaders take away their freedom even if the civilians don’t know it. You think a world with nothing in it can have no loss. But it does, their loss is gain, as the light returns, their “perfect” society crumbles. This story makes me wonder, could the smart people of this world become these blank humans in the future? Only time will tell. Lowry also displays escape in her book. The escape is about someone taking back their freedom, and escaping from the controlling leaders. Lowry is telling us all what our future might be if we try to control all parts of our lives. She is telling us that leaving things to chance and not knowing what happens next is a very good thing.

In Lowry’s writing, the reader can tell she wrote this before the perceived reader’s age. She also is writing for the kids transitioning into high school from middle school. Lowry doesn’t include a lot of excitement and adventure in her book that would grab the younger reader’s eye. Also, the book has themes that younger readers might not understand or compute—things in the story like how the citizens live, how the government deals with death, and the question of whether the people have free will or not. It also appeals to the older kids because they just passed the age of the kids in the book. With that the readers can compare their lives to the kids in the book. Lowry also uses vocabulary unfamiliar to the present day reader. This also makes her story slightly confusing since it is based in a semi-futuristic setting. Hatchet is an example of the vocabulary that creates the confusion.

The Giver was also similar to Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”. Both involved a similar plot based in the future, with a controlling government and people wanting to break free. Although in Vonnegut’s story, the people suspect that something is wrong in their world, but in Lowry’s no one suspects anything and feels ok with their world. Vonnegut also has the same confusing vocabulary problem as Lowry. The vocabulary in both tends to be a little old. In each story the authors talk about a controlling government. I even think that Lowry might have been influenced by Vonnegut’s story of “Harrison Bergeron”, because she wrote her book after Vonnegut’s was already published. The stories are also very alike.

Lowry did not use any of her energy to describe her characters with physical appearance or emotional state. By this she implied that the world they lived in was blank. Once in a while she would show a lot of emotion through the main character when it seemed she was displaying her own opinion about the story. In the book she would make the main character state things like “It’s not fair!” or “Why does it have to be this way?” when talking about their controlling government. Attention is drawn to these areas because in the rest of the book no one ever exclaims anything. There is truly only one character in this book, and the rest are extras.

People will enjoy this book especially if looking for a book to read twice. This book has things in it that might not be caught the first time around and should be looked over again. It has a slow start, so for people to get hooked into it you have to commit to this book, but once you’re in you can’t stop. Lowry wrote using dialogue, third person, and descriptive features throughout the story. Lowry made a great effort on displaying her story.

Lowry writes an extraordinary book that deserves a round of applause. This is wonderful piece of science fiction. All households should have a copy of this to give out to their kids when the time comes. This book is an eight out of ten!


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