History Literature / TheGiver

6th Mar '18 7:00:57 PM OrangenChan
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Children are born to anonymous Birthmothers, and are monitored from the moment they leave the womb. Everyone and everything is designed to be supportive, helpful, encouraging. All your major life decisions as an adult -- your career, your spouse, when you can raise children and who those children will be -- are made for you by the Committee of Elders, based on careful observation of your particular needs and aptitudes. Citizens live in symmetrical [[NuclearFamily family units of four]]: two parents, one boy, and one girl. (When young teenagers first reveal "the Stirrings," their mothers simply hand over the pills required to counter them.) As soon as their children are grown, the adults are sent to an area for Childless Adults, and when they reach a certain age they are to be cared for in The House of the Old.

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 (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).

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Children are born to anonymous Birthmothers, and are monitored from the moment they leave the womb. Everyone and everything is designed to be supportive, helpful, encouraging. All your major life decisions as an adult -- your career, your spouse, when you can raise children and who those children will be -- are made for you by the Committee of Elders, based on careful observation of your particular needs and aptitudes. Citizens live in symmetrical [[NuclearFamily family units of four]]: two parents, one boy, and one girl. (When young teenagers first reveal "the Stirrings," their mothers simply hand over the pills required to counter them.) As soon as their children are grown, the adults are sent to an area for Childless Adults, and when they reach a certain age they are to be cared for in The House of the Old.

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 (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' "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 just not discussed (this includes any mention of the Stirrings, naturally).



Thanks to his new position, young Jonas is exposed to how life used to be, and slowly but surely grows to believe it was better that way. His dilemma comes to a head when he discovers he's now allowed access to the most secret ceremonies of his community, including the Ceremony of Release. Excited to peek in on his gentle father at work as a Nurturer of newborn babies, [[TheReveal Jonas instead finds himself watching]] him [[MoodWhiplash cheerfully kill]] a newborn twin with a painful lethal injection, simply because 'having two identical people running around' would disrupt community harmony.

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Thanks to his new position, young Jonas is exposed to how life used to be, and slowly but surely grows to believe it was better that way. His dilemma comes to a head when he discovers he's now allowed access to the most secret ceremonies of his community, including the Ceremony of Release. Excited to peek in on his gentle father at work as a Nurturer of newborn babies, [[TheReveal Jonas instead finds himself watching]] him watching him]] [[MoodWhiplash cheerfully kill]] a newborn twin with a painful lethal injection, simply because 'having "having two identical people running around' around" would disrupt community harmony.



* CulturePolice: Society is strictly regulated under a policy of "Sameness," in which [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans life is carefully regulated to eliminate strife and division]]. Music and media have been eliminated. Weather is kept constantly pleasant, only raining at night to water crops while the people sleep. Sex drives, or "stirrings" as they're called in the Community, are suppressed by mandatory drugs (except for the few whose job it is to breed), as are other strong emotions. Even positive emotions like familial love have been carefully eliminated so as to avoid making waves. Animals of all descriptions have been eradicated, at least in the areas where people might actually see them,[[spoiler: and even the ability to see color has been carefully removed from the general population. Everyone is kept in blissful ignorance of the fact that life has ever been any different, with the exception of one individual per Community called "the Receiver of Memory," who is entrusted with the memories of life before Sameness in case a situation arises that requires such knowledge to resolve]].

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* CulturePolice: Society is strictly regulated under a policy of "Sameness," in which [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans life is carefully regulated to eliminate strife and division]]. Music and media have been eliminated. Weather is kept constantly pleasant, only raining at night to water crops while the people sleep. Sex drives, or "stirrings" as they're called in the Community, are suppressed by mandatory drugs (except for the few whose job it is to breed), as are other strong emotions. Even positive emotions like familial love have been carefully eliminated so as to avoid making waves. Animals of all descriptions have been eradicated, at least in the areas where people might actually see them,[[spoiler: and them, [[spoiler:and even the ability to see color has been carefully removed from the general population. Everyone is kept in blissful ignorance of the fact that life has ever been any different, with the exception of one individual per Community called "the Receiver of Memory," who is entrusted with the memories of life before Sameness in case a situation arises that requires such knowledge to resolve]].



* TheILoveYouStigma: Brought up in the book, where the society they live in is an obsessive {{Utopia}} that regulates everything from family units to emotions to painful memories, and everything must be kept to a strictly even-keeled norm. While they allow a degree of personal freedom and enjoyment, any emotion above caring for a friend is forbidden. Jonas asks his parents if they love him, and they respond with the standard "Love is an innappropriate term..."

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* TheILoveYouStigma: Brought up in the book, where the society they live in is an obsessive {{Utopia}} that regulates everything from family units to emotions to painful memories, and everything must be kept to a strictly even-keeled norm. While they allow a degree of personal freedom and enjoyment, any emotion above caring for a friend is forbidden. Jonas asks his parents if they love him, and they respond with the standard "Love is an innappropriate inappropriate term..."



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* JobTitleJobTitle: The Receiver/Giver is one of these, at least.



* 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.

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* MassOhCrap: The Community offscreen off-screen 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.



%% * MindScrew: The ending left a large number of readers hopelessly confused, especially the younger ones.

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%% * MindScrew: The ending left a large number of is ambiguous that readers can easily become hopelessly confused, especially without reading the younger ones.sequels.



** Fiona is caring and considerate, which makes her a good fit for the job of caring for old people. Although [[spoiler:her job of "releasing" old people is not so nice, although she doesn't understand the implications of such an act.]]
* NoBloodTies: Babies are produced by women whose job title was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Birthmother]] (though the matter of how exactly these babies are conceived is never addressed) but raised in 'family units' composed of a man and a woman ([[ArrangedMarriage matched up by the Elders]]), and one male and one female child. Given that everybody's sex drive is chemically inhibited (pills for "Stirrings"), it's safe to assume that the kids are fertilized ''in vitro.''

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** Fiona is caring and considerate, which makes her a good fit for the job of caring for old people. Although [[spoiler:her job of "releasing" old people is not so nice, although but she doesn't understand the implications of such an act.]]
* NoBloodTies: Babies are produced by women whose job title was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Birthmother]] (though the matter of how exactly these babies are conceived is never addressed) but raised in 'family units' composed of a man and a woman ([[ArrangedMarriage matched up by the Elders]]), and one male and one female child. Given that everybody's sex drive is chemically inhibited (pills for "Stirrings"), it's safe to assume that the kids are fertilized ''in vitro.''vitro'' (which is confirmed in ''Son'').



*** [[ZigZaggedTrope However]], it ''is'' mentioned that this rule came about because [[spoiler:the last receiver ''did'' apply for release.]]



%% * TheWorldIsNotReady: For the memories [[spoiler: Jonas and the Giver plan on unleashing. This is part of why the Giver chooses to stay with the Community to help them through it]].

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%% * TheWorldIsNotReady: For Or, at least, The Community is not ready for the memories [[spoiler: Jonas and the Giver plan on unleashing. This is part of why the Giver chooses to stay with the Community to help them through it]].
7th Jan '18 1:38:41 AM jormis29
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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, 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 Creator/BrentonThwaites.

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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, Creator/MerylStreep as the Chief Elder, Katie Holmes Creator/KatieHolmes 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 Creator/BrentonThwaites.
8th Dec '17 6:52:48 PM Jayalaw
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** Jonas [[spoiler:runs away close to the climax with Gabriel, using his father's bike. You have a teenage boy on the run with a two-year old, hiding from search planes and starving. Another book, ''Son'', revealed that Jonas's father was frantic on realizing his children were missing.]]



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: One of Jonas's rules is that he cannot apply for Release, because [[spoiler:when Rosemary did, the community barely handled the six weeks worth of memories that she had. Even so, it never occurs to Jonas that he could use this as leverage to save Gabriel, who has tons of soothing memories, because he panics on hearing his baby brother is going to be Released.]]



* DidntSeeThatComing: For all the community's thought-out plans to keep everyone orderly, they didn't consider that [[spoiler:the token Receiver of Memory wouldn't want to bear all the pain and pleasure from the past. Rosemary's suicide took them by shock, and no one anticipates Jonas's rebellion]].



* 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.]]

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* 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. The Giver implies that he will follow her once the Community no longer needs him.]]



* RedHerring:
** One of Jonas's rules is that he's not allowed to apply for Release. [[spoiler:The Giver outright states that the Receiver-in-Training cannot apply for Release because the community can't handle the emotional memories, not even the good ones and certainly not the bad ones. With all this, however, Jonas doesn't face the threat of Release. Instead, Gabriel does.]]
** Asher gets into a mild argument with Jonas when the latter begs his friends to not play a war game after Jonas suffers a flashback. It seems to imply that Asher will become an antagonist. [[spoiler:Instead, Jonas drifts from Asher and Fiona as they all go deep into their training.]]



* ReplacementGoldfish: If a child dies, the Community says his name less and less during the day as a way of allowing them to say goodbye to him. The parents can then apply for a replacement child who will be given the same name.

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* ReplacementGoldfish: ReplacementGoldfish:
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If a child dies, the Community says his name less and less during the day as a way of allowing them to say goodbye to him. The parents can then apply for a replacement child who will be given the same name.name.
** Subverted with Jonas and the previous Receiver-In-Training.


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* SuicideIsShameful: [[spoiler:Rosemary applied for Release six weeks into her training. She was made an {{Unperson}} and the Community refused to pass on her name to new babies.]]


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* WhatYouAreInTheDark:
** Jonas and the Giver make a plan to [[spoiler:have Jonas leave the Community, when everyone is distracted during the Ceremony day, and fake Jonas's death so that no one will come follow him. Jonas then tosses all those plans out the window and runs away with Gabriel on hearing that the baby's going to be released as soon as possible. This means he has to evade search planes that would catch them both.]]
** The Giver refuses [[spoiler:to leave the Community with Jonas. He explains that someone has to care about them, while Jonas can make better change by leaving. Jonas tries to persuade him, but the Giver is firm and says he wants to join his daughter Rosemary eventually.]]
3rd Sep '17 5:59:21 AM jormis29
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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, 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 Crator/BrentonThwaites.

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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, 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 Crator/BrentonThwaites.Creator/BrentonThwaites.
3rd Sep '17 5:41:40 AM jormis29
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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, 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.

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A movie adaptation was released in August 15, 2014, starring Creator/JeffBridges as The Giver, Music/TaylorSwift as Rosemary, 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.Crator/BrentonThwaites.
31st May '17 4:57:47 PM lalalei2001
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The book has also inspired [[http://newmusicaltheatre.com/greenroom/2014/10/beyond-broadway-meet-the-giver/ a musical]] with book and lyrics by Nathan Christensen and music and lyrics by Scott Murphy.

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The book has also inspired [[http://newmusicaltheatre.com/greenroom/2014/10/beyond-broadway-meet-the-giver/ a musical]] with book and lyrics by Nathan Christensen and music and lyrics by Scott Murphy.
Murphy, and an [[http://www.loislowry.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=662%3Athe-giver-opera&catid=55%3Anews&Itemid=218 opera]] by by Susan Kander.
31st May '17 4:46:34 PM lalalei2001
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''The Giver'' takes place on Earth (presumably in the far future) in a setting known simply as the Community, which is implied to be similar to independent others not terribly distant from it. Here life is completely free from worry thanks to "Sameness", a philosophy that strives to eliminate any possible want or need from human existence.

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''The Giver'' takes place on Earth (presumably in the far future) in a setting known simply as the Community, which is implied to be similar to independent others other communities not terribly distant from it. Here life is completely free from worry thanks to "Sameness", a philosophy that strives to eliminate any possible want or need from human existence.



No-one ''in'' the Community even has a frame of reference to question this way of life - including our protagonist, Jonas, who at the book's opening is preparing for his Ceremony of Twelve where he will be assigned his future career. Jonas is one of the slightly-different; he has blue eyes and can see color, even though he doesn't know what it is yet. It is because of this ability "to see beyond" that he is chosen to be the successor to The Receiver -- now the ''[[TitleDrop Giver]]'' -- of Memory, the one person in the entire community allowed to know what's beyond it. Or at least, what used to be.

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No-one ''in'' the Community community even has a frame of reference to question this way of life - including our protagonist, Jonas, who at the book's opening is preparing for his Ceremony of Twelve where he will be assigned his future career. Jonas is one of the slightly-different; he has blue eyes and can see color, even though he doesn't know what it is yet. It is because of this ability "to see beyond" that he is chosen to be the successor to The Receiver -- now the ''[[TitleDrop Giver]]'' -- of Memory, the one person in the entire community allowed to know what's beyond it. Or at least, what used to be.



All those dangerous memories have to go somewhere. By a process never ''quite'' explained, the Receiver keeps them all stored in his head to protect his community at large from being overwhelmed by them, from learning of the mistakes humanity once made. Eventually this one must pass them on to a younger Receiver, for if the Receiver were to die - or otherwise leave the Community - while in possession of the memories, they would fly free, everyone would remember, and the Sameness would be shattered.

Thanks to his new position, young Jonas is exposed to how life used to be, and slowly but surely grows to believe it was better that way. His dilemma comes to a head when he discovers he's now allowed access to the most secret ceremonies of his Community, including the ceremonies of Release. Excited to peek in on his gentle father at work as a Nurturer of newborn babies, [[TheReveal Jonas instead finds himself watching]] him [[MoodWhiplash cheerfully kill]] a newborn twin with a painful lethal injection, simply because 'having two identical people running around' would disrupt community harmony.

The Giver calms a horrified Jonas by explaining that he too has been looking for a way out for years, and helps Jonas plan how to run away. The memories Jonas has absorbed by then will be released to the citizens of the Community he's left behind, and The Giver will help them understand and cope with them. These carefully-laid plans, however, are abandoned when Jonas gets word that baby Gabriel, whom Jonas' father had brought into the family especially to try and help him meet the development goals, is to be Released as a failure the next day. With no other choice, Jonas takes the little one and runs for it into the harsh, cold world beyond, leaving us with only the sequel to reassure us they don't die.

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All those dangerous memories have to go somewhere. By a process never ''quite'' explained, the Receiver keeps them all stored in his head to protect his community at large from being overwhelmed by them, from learning of the mistakes humanity once made. Eventually this one must pass them on to a younger Receiver, for if the Receiver were to die - or otherwise leave the Community community - while in possession of the memories, they would fly free, everyone would remember, and the Sameness would be shattered.

Thanks to his new position, young Jonas is exposed to how life used to be, and slowly but surely grows to believe it was better that way. His dilemma comes to a head when he discovers he's now allowed access to the most secret ceremonies of his Community, community, including the ceremonies Ceremony of Release. Excited to peek in on his gentle father at work as a Nurturer of newborn babies, [[TheReveal Jonas instead finds himself watching]] him [[MoodWhiplash cheerfully kill]] a newborn twin with a painful lethal injection, simply because 'having two identical people running around' would disrupt community harmony.

The Giver calms a horrified Jonas by explaining that he too has been looking for a way out for years, and helps Jonas plan how to run away. The memories Jonas has absorbed by then will be released to the citizens of the Community community he's left behind, and The Giver will help them understand and cope with them. These carefully-laid plans, however, are abandoned when Jonas gets word that baby Gabriel, whom Jonas' father had brought into the family especially to try and help him meet the development goals, is to be Released as a failure the next day. With no other choice, Jonas takes the little one and runs for it into the harsh, cold world beyond, leaving us with only the sequel to reassure us they don't die.



The book has also inspired a mini-opera with lyrics by Nathan Christansen and lyrics by Scott Murphy.

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The book has also inspired [[http://newmusicaltheatre.com/greenroom/2014/10/beyond-broadway-meet-the-giver/ a mini-opera musical]] with book and lyrics by Nathan Christansen Christensen and music and lyrics by Scott Murphy.
5th May '17 7:39:13 PM NWolfman
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* RecycledInSpace: ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' [-FOR KIDS!-]
5th May '17 7:18:36 PM NWolfman
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The book has also inspired a mini-opera with lyrics by Nathan Christansen and lyrics by Scott Murphy.
9th Apr '17 7:00:05 PM trulymadmoves
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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 a snow, his first painful memory is getting a sunburn, and his first ''truly'' painful memories 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]].

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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 a the snow, his first painful memory is getting a sunburn, and his first ''truly'' painful memories memory 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]].
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