Book Review: The Giver By Lois Lowry

Have you ever wondered what it would it would be like to live in a life where everything is the same? Everywhere you go you only see black and white. Well, you’re lucky because Lois Lowry shows you exactly what that’s like. This book is tearful and exhilarating, because it is morally driven, and the character development in the main character. The Giver was written by Lois Lowry who will keep reading the book for hours at a time not beng able to put the book.

Jonas is a young boy who lives in a community that is free from crime and sadness, when he turned twelve, he got an assignment at ‘The Ceremony of the Twelves’ which was the most important in his community ‘The Receiver of Memory’ where he keeps all the good and bad memories from the people in his community. This is good and bad for all the people in the community who don’t have these memories, because it keeps them from all the bad things in the world, but it also separates them from the beautiful aspects of life. “Always better, less rude, to talk about things that were the same.” (48), this shows that people want to have everything the same, because they were taught that it was better than being different.

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As the story progresses Jonas loses his trust in his parents and when The Giver shows Jonas the tape of his dad “releasing” the baby. “His father turned and opened the cupboard. He took out a syringe and a small bottle. Very carefully he inserted the needle into the bottle and began to fill the syringe with a clear liquid…. He killed it! My Father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was realizing. He continued to stare at the screen numbly.” (186-188)

This story tells the readers that there is no way to make a perfect society such as making people take pills to make the stirring go away. Simply the person can make the choice to not take them like Jonas did, or when the Receiver was “released” all the memories spread out to the community making them all vulnerable.” ‘We failed in our last selection,’ the Chief Elder said solemnly. ‘It was ten years ago, when Jonas was just a toddler. I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort’ Jonas didn’t know what she was referring to, but he could sense the discomfort of the audience. They shifted uneasily in their seats.’ (76) Some people might think that The Giver is very boring and there is no action, so they just put the book down, but really all the action starts near the end of the book where Jonas sees the tape of the “realeasing”

The Girl (Jig) Character Analysis In Hills Like White Elephants

In the short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” the main argument of the story is abortion. The character Jig and her significant other argue over whether to have the abortion or not. The characters, Jig and her significant other, are on opposing sides vaguely describing their sides with descriptions of the “hills”.

Throughout the story Jig and the man are talking back and forth about “something”, the abortion, that will make both of them happier. Jig keeps on coming back to her description of the hills. “They look like white elephants,” Jig explains (Hemingway 274). Jig’s bright and happy description is immediately shot down by the man saying, “I’ve never seen one”. This reflects the couples opposing views on getting an abortion. While Jig sees this as a new opportunity, the man sees this as something that will hurt their relationship. In the story, Jig asked the man “…if I do it, you’ll be happy, and things will be like they were?” (Hemingway 274) In reality, this would not happen. For a while it might seem like this is the best decision, but as time goes on and the couple matures, they will regret it.

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At the end of the short story, the man asks, “Do you feel better?” Jig then explains that she feels fine”. (Hemingway 274) Jig will not go through with the operation no matter what the man says. Because of her optimistic view of her pregnancy, Jig will not have the heart to go through with it. Jig gets fed up with the man and tells him, “Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?” then when he talks again, she says “I’ll scream.” The man’s constant nagging at Jig wanting her to get the abortion finally gets to Jig.

In conclusion, the short story “Hills Like White Elephant” has a very powerful storyline. Jig’s optimistic personality and the man’s view that they will be happier without the baby clash when they are arguing over whether to have an abortion or not. Overall Jig’s personality wins the argument and the man will have to face the option of whether to stay with the baby and Jig or to leave her.

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