The Giver Book Comparison

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There is a quote that reads, “Everyone wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain”, meaning that you can’t have enjoyable times without some bad times. In the society Lowis Lowry created, both of these things are eliminated. This society is described as a utopia. However, there are some aspects that make it not perfect. There is no choice, memory, freedom, or feelings. The main character, Jonas attempts to change this when he is selected as the Receiver of Memory. The book and the movie version of The Giver both follow the same storyline of Jonas, and his adventure of being the Receiver, but there are some differences. Both versions of The Giver are similar in the aspect, that the people do not have feelings, or emotions. Love is an example of something they do not feel. This is shown in this quote. “’… you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it’s become almost obsolete’” (159-160). In both the movie and the book Jonas asks his parents if they love him, and both times they say that love isn’t a real thing. They do not feel emotional pain in the book, nor the movie. An example of this is, “Jonas felt…show more content…
Another type of pain they don’t experience is physical pain. In the text Jonas says, ‘” It hurt a lot’…” (109).The two versions differ in that the book Jonas gets a sun burn and in the movie he gets stung by a bee. These are similar situations, because Jonas describes them both as very physically painful. Another similarity is when Jonas experiences the memory of war. This is a quote from the book during the memory, “…when he knew that he could bare it no longer and would welcome death himself…” (151). In both versions of The Giver, Jonas receives this memory, and he struggles with how overwhelmed with sadness he is. These are just a few of the similarities between the book and movie version of The

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