The Giver Book Report

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The Giver





The Giver
The Giver is about a boy named Jonas who lives in the future in an almost perfect
community. Jonas is chosen to be the person who carries all the memories of the past,
given to him by the giver. It is by Lois Lowry. There are many good and bad things in the
Giver. Some good things are that hardly anyone gets hurt. When people do get hurt they
take a pill and the pain goes right away. No one ever breaks bones or anything. There are
no criminals, and there are no locks on any homes or buildings. Another good thing is that
everyone knows who everyone else is and it’s a very small community with only a few
hundred people. There are hardly ever any visitors from outside the community. Sometimes
kids from other communities go play with the kids in the book’s community. All the people
are provided with homes, jobs, and food. A bad thing about the giver’s community is
release. When a person breaks a major rule, is too old, or isn’t right as a baby they get
released. Release is killing. In the book there are twins and the smaller one has to be
released. His father turned and opened the cupboard. He took out a syringe and a small
bottle. Very carefully he inserted the needle into the bottle and began to fill the
syringe with a clear liquid. Jonas winced sympathetically. He had forgotten that
newchildren had to get shots. He hated shots himself, though he knew they were necessary.
To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of the
newchild’s forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed. The newborn
squirmed and wailed faintly “Why’s he-“ “Shhh,” The giver said sharply. His father was
talking, and Jonas realized that he was hearing the answer to the question he had started
to ask. Still in the special voice, his father was saying, “I know, I know. It hurts,
little guy. But I have to use a vein, and the veins in your arm are still too
teeny-weeny.” He pushed the plunger very slowly, injecting the liquid into the scalp vein
until the syringe was empty. “All done. ! That wasn’t so bad, was it?” Jonas heard his
father say cheerfully. He turned aside and dropped the syringe into a waste receptacle.
Now he cleans him up and makes him comfy, Jonas said to himself, aware that the giver
didn’t want to talk during the little ceremony. As he continued to watch, the newchild, no
longer crying, moved his arms and legs in a jerking motion. Then he went limp. His head
fell to the side, his eyes half open. Then he was still. With an odd, shocked feeling,
Jonas recognized the gestures and posture and expression. They were familiar. He had seen
them before. But he couldn’t remember where. Jonas stared at the screen, waiting for
something to happen. But nothing did. The little twin lay motionless. His father was
putting things away. Folding the blanket. Closing the cupboard. Once again, as he had on
the playing field, he felt the choking sensation. Once again he saw the face of the light
haired, bloodied soldier as life left his eyes.


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