– The Giver Essay, Research Paper
What would your life be like in a utopian society? Jonas knows what it is like.
He has lived in one for twelve years. At the age of twelve he is chosen to be
the Receiver. + Through the essay one will be aware of the memories Jonas
received, the results of the memories, and the wisdom he gained as a result of
Memories play an important role in The Giver. For example, this is the
first memory Jonas received: ?Then he shivered. He realized that the touch of
the hands felt, suddenly cold. At the same instant, breathing in, he felt the air
change, and his very breath was cold.?(p.80) This was the memory of a sled
ride in the snow. Although this memory is happy, as the book continues he
realized memories aren?t all happy.
Results play a major role in the conclusion and what makes The Giver
end the way it does. This is when a major change in the relationship between
Jonas and the Giver takes place: ?The Giver looked away as if he could not
bear to see what he had done to Jonas. ?Forgive me,? he said.?(p.120) After
this took place Jonas started to change and to realize a lot of things. Thus,
some results are positive, but also some are negative.
Wisdom is the final topic discussed in the essay. Jonas learns a lot and
becomes wiser throughout the book. It is easy to see wisdom through his
actions that follow: ?Methodically Jonas hacked the fish in to pieces with a
sharp rock and fed the raw shreds to himself and Gabriel.?(p.173) This event
took place after Jonas took Gabriel and ran away. Because of the situation he
faced, Jonas had no choice but to rely on his wisdom.
In a utopian society one?s life wouldn?t really be his own. No one
really has a life or freedom in a utopian society. Through memories, Jonas
learned a lot. The results of the memories gave him wisdom. The wisdom
Jonas gained helped him and Gabriel survive. Of all the three topics
discussed, wisdom plays the biggest role of all.