The Giver By Lois Lowry: Character Analysis

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In the Novel “The Giver”, by Lois Lowry, all that Jonas’s community knows is sameness. Jonas however, is different. He is given the incredible responsibility for holding onto and protecting all the memories of the past. As Jonas gains wisdom from all of these memories over time, he begins to make decisions that impact the outcome of his life, and of so many others. Through all of these memories he learns the tremendous value that comes from problem-solving, knowledge from memories, and being courageous. Being true to yourself takes great courage. In chapter sixteen, Jonas transfers memories to Gabe to help him sleep. Gabe is the child Jonas’s father is nurturing, “The next morning, for the first time, Jonas did not take his pill. Something within him told him to throw the pill away”(Lowry 162). When Jonas decided not to take his pill, he made the decision to stand up against what he used to think was right. He chose what he really thought was right. This takes great courage and bravery for Jonas. Earlier that night, when Jonas and his family were sitting at the dinner table, Jonas asked his parents, “Do you love me”(Lowry159)? To ask such a…show more content…
For example, when Jonas and the Giver were planning to leave the community, Jonas proclaimed, “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared”(Lowry193). Jonas shared with the Giver that everyone deserved to have their own memories; As a result it makes his burden easier to carry. In addition, when Jonas and Gabe were on their Journey to Elsewhere, planes with heat seeking devices flew overhead, so “when he heard the aircraft sound, he reached to Gabriel and transmitted memories of snow, keeping some for himself”(Lowry 211). By sharing these memories in times of pain; Jonas and Gabe stayed safe, and out of trouble which made their journey to elsewhere grow peaceful and much

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