Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Giver Excerpt--due Tuesday, Oct. 5


(1) Type 30+ words directly from The Giver. (2) Then, type 300+ words explaining & analyzing this excerpt you chose. You may answer these questions to accomplish 300+ words, too:


  • Why is this novel so popular?

  • What parts are the most interesting?

  • How did Lois Lowry create this world?

  • What problems do you have with Jonas's world?

  • What lessons should we learn from this novel?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

TOTT #5 Jonas at the beginning of the story begins to feel frightened deep sickening feelings of something terrible. Wut do you think it means to be released. One of the ceremonies that jonas and his family has to attend is the ceremony of twelve. At the beginning of the story jonas is set to be the giver but isnt ready he is not ready to take on the challenge and come to step up and take charge as a man of this perfect world. This novel is so popular cause it shows everyone that being an individual is not a bad thing cause if everyone would be the same it would lead to bigger problems. Lois Lowry created this book to tell eveyone dont take bein different to bein a bad thing

Anonymous said...

Thie-Hooza
In Chapter 8, when they’re getting their assignments. Jonas was skipped during the announcement and he was shocked in awe… “I know,” she said in her vibrant, gracious voice, “that you are all concerned. That you feel I have made a mistake.” She smiled. The community, relieved from the discomfort. She apologizes to the community and the community accepts her apology. She says, “Jonas please come to the stage.” I chose this excerpt because when their all together in a room getting their assignments. The Chief Elder was going through all the names and finally getting to Jonas’ but when she gets there, she skips his name. And Jonas feels shocked and out of place and same with everyone else. I had a feeling that maybe Jonas did something wrong and could be released. But instead, she was saving the best for the last. She gave Jonas an emotion and/or feeling that he has never had before. And I think that’s not right because she’s singling out one person from everyone else and that’s not sameness.
Why is this novel so popular? This novel is so popular because this book tells a great story about how this world is so different from everything else. And that if you do one thing wrong, you get a severe punishment.
What parts are the most interesting? One part that interested me the most was when Jonas tries to pass off a memory to a friend named Asher but instead of actually passing it, Asher gets hurt from Jonas’s tight grip on Asher’s shoulders. And it didn’t work because Asher doesn’t have blue eyes like Jonas, the Giver and now Gabriel.
What lessons should we learn from this novel? That making one little mistake in life may punish you harshly and never see anyone in your community ever again because you messed up. And by reading this novel you are getting smarter and thinking harder more than you have ever thought about a book. At least to me because this novel catches my eye and makes me want to read further into the book.

Anonymous said...

Dylan Brunner
pd 4.

During the story after Jonas had received his placement as the Receiver of Memory, He didn't understand. During his training he received a memory of detail with pain. After he received the memory Jonas didn't want the job, the honor, or the agony he would have to endure during the job because he was never introduced to those feelings in his life and he disagreed with the feeling causing him to repel and not want to do the training anymore and quit and return to his childhood, the cuts, the falls off of the bikes, the friends and everything he had to give up to become the Receiver of Memory.

Anonymous said...

Dylan Brunner
pd 4.

During the story after Jonas had received his placement as the Receiver of Memory, He didn't understand. During his training he received a memory of detail with pain. After he received the memory Jonas didn't want the job, the honor, or the agony he would have to endure during the job because he was never introduced to those feelings in his life and he disagreed with the feeling causing him to repel and not want to do the training anymore and quit and return to his childhood, the cuts, the falls off of the bikes, the friends and everything he had to give up to become the Receiver of Memory. Honestly if he doesn’t want the job I think that he shouldn’t have to talk it but in a community like that he doesn’t have a choice, it’s either take the job and be happy with it or quit the job and be released from the community. Lois Lowry wrote this part of the novel to express the feelings of something that someone that is from a community with no imperfects endures and how he/she would feel about the things that we have to deal with every day. The lesson we would learn from this part of the story is that feelings are something that we need in our lives without it there would be no fun, love, caring, or anything of that sort. They’re world is boring its grey and there is nothing to do for fun. They are assigned parents and sisters/brothers they have no choice in what they can do.

Anonymous said...

Lee4
In chapter three, over the intercom a voice says, "ATTENTION. THIS IS A REMINDER TO MALE ELEVENS THAT OBJECTS ARE NOT TO BE REMOVED FROM THE RECREATION AREA AND THAT SNACKS ARE TO BE EATEN, NOT HOARDED." The voice also said, "ATTENTION. THIS IS A REMINDER TO FEMALES UNDER NINE THAT HAIR RIBBONS ARE TO BE NEATLY TIED AT ALL TIMES." I think this is kind of like a concentration camp with the first statement. They probably have a really close watch over every little thing that goes on in the book. Just like in a concentration camp. And anything they see that resembles fun or individuality, they try to stop or I mean force them to stop, otherwise they will be released, or in a concentration camp, killed. Everything in the book has to be a certain way and everybody has to do it exactly the same. It is almost exactly like a concentration camp. And the other part they said I think is a little sexist, saying that the girls must have there ribbons tied and on their head. Why do the girls have to have ribbons? Why cant they wear the same things as the guys? They are making them conform by saying just cuz they are girls they have to wear a ribbon on their head.

Anonymous said...

Wesdorp P.4
Do you want to go for a ride along the river, Jonas? Fiona asked, biting her lip with nervousness.
Jonas looked at her. She was so lovely. For a fleeting instant he thought he would like nothing better than to ride peacefully along the river path, laughing and talking with his female friend.
I look at this section with great curiosity, wondering why Jonas doesn’t want to ride along side the girl he’s been so head over heels for. The only reason I think he does not ride along with her is because he is afraid that he might tell her about his task of being a Receiver. He is also scared of scaring her off with all the nonsense of seeing colors and has all these memories in his head that no one knows about.
The problems I have with Jonas’s world are that nobody can be different and that they have to do what they are assigned to do or they get RELEASED. In this book I also don’t like the term release because it is telling you that this so called perfect community is not so different from our own. The word release in this book is to kill someone with a lethal injection. The only reason they do this is because they do not know any better and are being told by the elders its ok to do.
The next this I have a problem with this book is the family units and baby mommas. The family units are not even of the same blood line they are given children and spouses and do not have a choice about either of them. Second I don’t like the fact that they have women giving birth to children and taking them away. But I will ask you, how would you feel if you didn’t get to see you children you gave birth to and has three of them, then you got sent out to work hard for the rest of you life and then put into a old people’s home and after living there for a few years get released by a lethal injection that everyone thinks is fine. So if you do not think that this book is set on having people brain washed and killing is ok if you don’t know that you’re doing it then you seriously need to get some help. To me this book is a good read but at the same time it shows us the real things that people have in their mind.

Crerand J said...

I have chosen to write about the excerpt, “Do not discuss your training with any other member of the community, including parents and Elders 5. From this moment you are prohibited from dream telling. I believe the reason he is not allowed to dream tell is because since he is getting all these memories if he has a dream about war and he tells his family then they will know what war is and possibly get the idea that they can, rebel against the elders. So that they are more free and can love who they want. Marry who they want. Have as many children as they want. That’s why I think Jonas is not permitted to dream tell. You can also say the same thing about discussing it with the elders and his parents, for all we know the elders could also be controlled by a leader, and maybe they are just all following his instructions. My guess is that being a receiver is the most responsible job someone could have. Also it is also probably the most feared position by the elders because if they make a mistake in who they chose that person could lead a revolt against the elders and everyone, because they now know how to lead a revolt also they know what revolts worked and with ones didn’t. Since a receiver knows all this it could be the end on the perfect society they have created and tried to maintain. Also with all the memories Jonas is getting, if he starts telling people what he is learning they are going to want to learn everything. This could lead to problems in the society, because if Jonas sees all these beautiful colors and all these good memories they are going to want to be able to experience it also. Which could lead to jealousy, pain, competition, anger? All in which would destroy their perfect society. As we have read past this section Jonas has tried to send a memory to Gabe, and his sister doing this could destroy everything, he make think it’s little but what he is doing is not only against his rules, but will get him released.

Anonymous said...

Basuske 4
Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice. He had seen it both times. Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blur at its hight speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that fallowed. Then one more time, a moment later, from the opposite direction, the same plane.

The reason why i think this section is good is b/c it sets the tone of the book already. You can think of many diffrent ways the book can go and how much you can add with just one paragraph. This paragraph can go many diffrent way, you can put many diffrent things with it you can mix. Then even before that it says that he was frightened but then he said no. Wrong word, now most people dont say that or think that they said the wrong word. So, then you start thinking that maybe this world is diffrent or maybe not even our world in that mind set. Then a unidentified aircraft, so what does that mean are they at war or is it a allie? The start of this novel is so diffrent then most and i think thats why it grabs so many people when they start reading it. Now jets in our time you can see a jet even at moc one go by you so maybe they are faster jets in this time, or world. If it was unidentified aircraft why did it go over twice and if it did why did they hear a blast of wound and then again. Did it get shot down or what? This is the 1st paragraph in the book and there are so many diffrent ways it can go