The Giver Map

The Giver Map
Themes, Motives & Symbols
Symbols
newchild Gabriel
symbol of hope and of starting over
sled
symbolizes his entry into a world where
colour, sensation, and emotion exist in
reality, not just in memory
river
symbolizes escape from the confines of the
community
Motifs
vision
nakedness
moments involving physical nakedness are
closely related to the idea of emotional
nakedness
release
actually refers to death—or murder—in
Jonas’s society
Themes
importance of memory
without memory, there is no pain
relationship between pain and pleasure
members of Jonas’s community cannot
appreciate the joys in their lives because
they have never felt pain
importance of the individual
Jonas’s development into an individual,
maturing from a child dependent upon his
community into a young man with unique
abilities, dreams, and desires
Plot
Conflict:
Jonas’s new emotional and sensory
awareness cause him to rebel against the
restrictions his society places on freedom of
choice, individuality, emotion, and human
experience
Rising Action:
When Jonas becomes the new Receiver, he
receives memories that change the way he
thinks about himself
Climax:
When Jonas realizes that when his father
“releases” newchildren he actually kills
them, Jonas reaches a point of no return.
Finally Jonas cannot accept the society’s
insensitivity to the value of human life. He
determines to change thing
Falling Action:
In order to put his plan into action, Jonas
flees the community on bicycle with the
newchild Gabe, evading search planes.
Characters
Jonas
sensitive, intelligent
strange powers of perception
can see colour
The Giver
Receiver of Memory
uses his wisdom to help the Committee of
Elders make important decisions
Jonas's Father
mild mannered, tenderhearted
Nurturer: works with infants
must "release" children if instructed to do
so
Vocabulary
Chapters 1- 4
palpable
chastisement
remorse
Chapters 5-8
reprieve
transgression
meticulous
Chapters 9-13
prohibited
conspicuous
Chapters 14-18
forsake
assuage
ominous
Chapters 19-23
augmented
rueful
languid
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