History Literature / TheGiver

20th Jan '16 8:34:16 PM Anddrix
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* UnbuiltTrope:Despite being middle grade and published before [[YoungAdultLiterature YA Lit]] was even a thing, the book reads like a Deconstruction of modern YA Dystopians: Jonas is much younger than most YA Dystopia protagonists, the love story is more familial than romantic, and the Community was not set up in response to a rebellion that we know of. Most striking of all, however, is the fact that those within the Community are perfectly happy with their way of life and even believe it to be ideal. [[spoiler:Things get chilling when we see the Community's casual support of euthanizing a pilot who made a single, non-lethal error, and veer into full-on horror when Jonas' dad "releases" an infant]].
18th Dec '15 1:06:15 AM MoPete
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Community, summed up in a single line by The Giver: "They know nothing."
11th Sep '15 4:14:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Jonas first discovers his powers through an apple. He later uses these to instigate a community-wide upheaval.
19th May '15 3:26:19 PM rjung
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* ScienceInGenreOnly: The book never gives any scientific justification whatsoever for...well, anything, really. Not the psychic transmission of memories, not the total control kept over every aspect of the Community, [[spoiler: right down to its climate and color—or, rather, lack thereof]]. The focus is more on human nature.

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* ScienceInGenreOnly: Mohs/ScienceInGenreOnly: The book never gives any scientific justification whatsoever for...well, anything, really. Not the psychic transmission of memories, not the total control kept over every aspect of the Community, [[spoiler: right down to its climate and color—or, rather, lack thereof]]. The focus is more on human nature.
8th Mar '15 2:51:48 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanCivilWar: One of the memories Jonas receives seems is implied to be set in this period considering that soldiers are wearing grey uniforms and horses are running amok. Having grown up in the peaceful Community, he suffers a HeroicBSOD after witnessing the horrors of war.

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* AmericanCivilWar: UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: One of the memories Jonas receives seems is implied to be set in this period considering that soldiers are wearing grey uniforms and horses are running amok. Having grown up in the peaceful Community, he suffers a HeroicBSOD after witnessing the horrors of war.



* WarIsHell: A brief, haunting moment is when Jonas is given the memory of a young man dying in combat in what is implied to be the AmericanCivilWar. And when we say young, we mean no older than [[ChildSoldiers thirteen]]. UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, indeed...

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* WarIsHell: A brief, haunting moment is when Jonas is given the memory of a young man dying in combat in what is implied to be the AmericanCivilWar.UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. And when we say young, we mean no older than [[ChildSoldiers thirteen]]. UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, indeed...
2nd Jan '15 8:04:39 PM Shoebox
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Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel by Lois Lowry. Known for its expertly merciless {{Deconstruction}} of the {{Utopia}}, and incidentally provides an introduction to the {{Dystopia}} genre for grade-school readers for whom some of the bits of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' would be a bit too saucy.

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Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel by Lois Lowry. Known for its expertly merciless {{Deconstruction}} of the {{Utopia}}, and incidentally provides an introduction to the {{Dystopia}} genre for grade-school readers for whom some of the bits of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' would be a bit tad too saucy.
1st Jan '15 8:28:50 PM nombretomado
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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, MerylStreep as the Chief Elder, Katie Holmes as Jonas's mother and [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander Skarsgård]] as Jonas's father. Jonas himself is played by a relative unknown in the United States, Aussie soap star Brenton Thwaites.

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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, MerylStreep Creator/MerylStreep as the Chief Elder, Katie Holmes as Jonas's mother and [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander Skarsgård]] as Jonas's father. Jonas himself is played by a relative unknown in the United States, Aussie soap star Brenton Thwaites.
29th Dec '14 9:33:10 AM Anddrix
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23rd Dec '14 6:07:14 PM Tropesofknowledge
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** Then again, this can also be interpreted as deliberate to show that the Community's way of life is simply unsustainable.
23rd Dec '14 12:25:45 PM spoonofevil
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** Then again, this can also be interpreted as deliberate to show that the Community's way of life is simply unsustainable.
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