Discussion of the Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas was an unusual person. He was blessed with the power of memory, something that was rare and coveted in the colorblind world he lived in. As such, it was his duty to remember all of the forgotten history of his society. Although to some it may seem like a utopia, Jonas knew better. He could see the boredom of a place where everyone was the same and no one could remember anything better.

At first he was excited to have this special power, but soon the realization of the burden he had to carry dawned on him. He was the only one with knowledge of his society’s past, and yet he felt like an insignificant speck in the grand scheme of things. He was the only one with knowledge of history, yet ignored due to his importance.

It reminds me of the book Fahrenheit 451. Everyone was so disconnected from reality and history, just like in the book. All the books were burned in Fahrenheit 451.

Jonas had the weight of his society’s history on his shoulders and yet he couldn’t be acknowledged for it. He was both blessed and cursed with his power of memory, yet he could only ponder how much of an impact he could have on his society if he was given the chance. Get The Giver for yourself or your favorite book lover here.


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