History Literature / TheGiver

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]].
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]].
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