History Literature / TheGiver

12th Feb '17 8:39:07 AM Jayalaw
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Just as Jonas and the Giver make plans [[spoiler:for Jonas to leave, without causing too much of an upheaval, Jonas finds out that Gabriel is going to be released. He tosses all those plans out the window to take Gabriel and a small supply of food with him. This means that while he's losing the memories of warmth and soothing sunshine and food, the Community is sending helicopters after him.]]



* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Subverted between Jonas and Lily. While he loves her, and tries to share the memories with her, he can't make her understand. And he [[spoiler:never]] takes the chance to teach her to ride a bike.
** Played straight when Jonas finds out that [[spoiler:Gabriel is going to be released. He immediately steals Gabriel, his father's bike, and a small bit of leftover food to make the trip to Elsewhere, without the Giver's help.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Rosemary applies for Release after a few days of unhappy memories, and she injected herself when they asked her to roll up her sleeve.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: The previous Receiver-in-Training, [[spoiler:Rosemary]], was able to [[spoiler:apply for Release because at the time there wasn't a rule against it. After she died, and the Community suffered the six weeks of memories she had, they added a rule that Jonas isn't allowed to apply for Release.]]



* MassOhCrap: The Community offscreen when [[spoiler:Jonas runs away with Gabriel.]] The Giver also mentions that they had the same reaction after the previous Receiver-In-Training's failure.



* MoodWhiplash: There is a nice scene where Jonas watched his father give the smaller of infant twin brothers a check-up. It's so nice and lovely, and... Wait, that's that needle? What do you mean "can't have two identical people running around?" WHAT DO YOU MEAN "THE VEINS IN YOUR ARM ARE TOO TEENY-WEENY?!?!"

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* MoodWhiplash: There is a nice scene where Jonas watched his father give the smaller of infant twin brothers a check-up. It's so nice and lovely, and... Wait, that's that needle? What do you mean "can't have two identical people running around?" [[OhCrap WHAT DO YOU MEAN "THE VEINS IN YOUR ARM ARE TOO TEENY-WEENY?!?!"TEENY-WEENY]]?!?!"



* NewSpeak: The society enforced what it called "precision of language." Children are strongly reprimanded for using any kind of exaggeration or figurative language, because they lump it under "lying". (The example given is a child who says he is starving when he is only very hungry, because implying that the state would really let anyone starve is seen as extremely problematic.) They can still play pretend, though, so it doesn't hamper their thinking. Additionally, due to the Giver system, a great deal of the very concepts of the old world (stavation, war, etc) have been or are in the process of being completely scrubbed out of the collective consciousness this way almost passively. ReleasedToElsewhere is a prime example: it is a DeadlyEuphemism that nobody save the Giver even KNOWS is a euphemism because they have ceased to have virtually any concept of death. Which means that the authorities that order it and the doctors that perform it likely [[FridgeHorror probably don't realize the full ramifications of what they are doing.]] In short: [[UpToEleven NewSpeak so powerful and entrenched that even those that mandate it and enforce don't really recognize it for what it is.]] [[ParanoiaFuel Imagine the kind of psychological tampering THAT would require.]]

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* NewSpeak: The society enforced what it called "precision of language." Children are strongly reprimanded for using any kind of exaggeration or figurative language, because they lump it under "lying". (The example given is a child who says he is starving when he is only very hungry, because implying that the state would really let anyone starve is seen as extremely problematic.) They can still play pretend, though, so it doesn't hamper their thinking. Additionally, due to the Giver system, a great deal of the very concepts of the old world (stavation, (starvation, war, etc) have been or are in the process of being completely scrubbed out of the collective consciousness this way almost passively. ReleasedToElsewhere is a prime example: it is a DeadlyEuphemism that nobody save the Giver even KNOWS is a euphemism because they have ceased to have virtually any concept of death. Which means that the authorities that order it and the doctors that perform it likely [[FridgeHorror probably don't realize the full ramifications of what they are doing.]] In short: [[UpToEleven NewSpeak so powerful and entrenched that even those that mandate it and enforce don't really recognize it for what it is.]] [[ParanoiaFuel Imagine the kind of psychological tampering THAT would require.]]



* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Jonas watches his own father commit infanticide, completely and blissfully unaware of what he's doing. The townspeople have no concept of death, and therefore, no idea that being "released" actually means being murdered.]]

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* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Jonas watches his own father commit infanticide, completely and blissfully unaware of what he's doing. The townspeople have no concept of death, and therefore, no idea that being "released" actually means being murdered.]] The Giver mentions this when Jonas protests that Fiona must be horrified during her training of caring for the Old.]]
* ObviousRulePatch: After [[spoiler:Rosemary applied for Release, died, and unleashed her memories to the Community]], Jonas has a new rule saying that he cannot apply for Release.


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* OhCrap:
** Jonas after he gets his first memory of serious pain, and realizing that he can't return from that point.
** The Giver had this in the past when learning [[spoiler:Rosemary applied for Release.]]
** Also Jonas when he learns that [[spoiler:Release is actually euthanasia, and his father murders infants.]]


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* TheUnreveal: Jonas can't apply for Release, because then his memories would affect the community and cause political chaos. [[spoiler:He also breaks three rules in the climax, enough to get him Released.]] It's not clear if the Community would actually [[spoiler:kill him if they need him.]]
2nd Feb '17 4:49:14 PM trulymadmoves
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There is no dissension ''at all''. People have even been bred to look the same (red hair and/or blue eyes are borderline freakish), and most have lost the ability even to see color. The population lives by a set of Rules that govern even the smallest detail of their daily lives -- and if any single person breaks one, a loudspeaker ''immediately'' 'reminds' the entire community. Precision of language is drilled into children as soon as they begin talking, so that there can be no possible misunderstanding; any slight remaining difference or deviation is simply not discussed (this includes any mention of the Stirrings, naturally).

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There is no dissension ''at all''. People have even been bred to look the same (red hair and/or blue eyes are borderline freakish), and most have lost the ability even to see color.color (ergo, blue eyes are simply called "pale eyes" and red hair goes unnoticed). The population lives by a set of Rules that govern even the smallest detail of their daily lives -- and if any single person breaks one, a loudspeaker ''immediately'' 'reminds' the entire community. Precision of language is drilled into children as soon as they begin talking, so that there can be no possible misunderstanding; any slight remaining difference or deviation is simply not discussed (this includes any mention of the Stirrings, naturally).



** Played very well when Jonas is disturbed to discover that the Giver's intercom system has an off switch--while the fact that [[BigBrotherIsWatching every room in the community contains an intercom without one]] has never bothered him.



* TeenPregnancy: Some girls are selected to become [[BabyFactory Birthmothers]] at the tender age of twelve, meaning they give birth at 13-14. Of course, this only helps the jarring creepiness of the setting.

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* TeenPregnancy: Some girls are selected to become [[BabyFactory Birthmothers]] receive the jobs at the tender age of twelve, meaning twelve. Not until ''Literature/{{Son}}'' is it confirmed that they give birth at 13-14.start the job immediately, therefore they have their three children from the ages of 13 to 15 before becoming Laborers. Of course, this only helps the jarring creepiness of the setting.



* WeatherControlMachine: Though the mechanics of it are never discussed, it's made clear that the Community's leaders know how to control the weather within the confines of the Community. For the people that live there, things like snow and rain are completely unknown, and the sun is always faint enough that no one apparently knows what a "sunburn" is. Fittingly, taking a sled ride in the snow, getting a sunburn, and getting a leg fracture after slipping on ice are some of the first memories that Jonas receives. [[spoiler: When he escapes with Gabe, he has to deal with harsh weather for the first time in his life, and nearly freezes to death in the snow]].

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* WeatherControlMachine: Though the mechanics of it are never discussed, it's made clear that the Community's leaders know how to control the weather within the confines of the Community. For the people that live there, things like snow and rain are completely unknown, and the sun is always faint enough that no one apparently knows what a "sunburn" is. Fittingly, most of Jonas's significant early memories are weather-related: his first memory is of taking a sled ride in the a snow, his first painful memory is getting a sunburn, and getting a leg fracture after slipping on ice are some of the his first ''truly'' painful memories that Jonas receives.is another sled ride, this one ending in a broken leg. [[spoiler: When he escapes with Gabe, he has to deal with harsh weather for the first time in his life, and nearly freezes to death in the snow]].
26th Jul '16 9:15:00 AM morenohijazo
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* ColorBlindConfusion: Inverted, as it's Jonas realizing he can see red while the rest of The Community can't that makes him stand out.

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* ColorBlindConfusion: Inverted, as it's Jonas realizing he can see red while the rest of The Community can't that makes him stand out. All of the members of The Community are color blind since birth, and have apparently been deliberately made so through genetic engineering. When protagonist Jonas realizes this and specifically that he can see the color red while they can't it contributes to him finding out [[CrapsaccharineWorld the truth about their way of life]].
22nd Jul '16 12:29:48 PM Katsuhagi
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* ColorBlindConfusion: Inverted, as it's Jonas realizing he can see red while the rest of The Community can't that makes him stand out.
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.
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