by Lois Lowry
RRSAitchison College, Senior School
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Is a society in which everyone is treated the same fair or just? What is the relationshipbetween equality and justice?16.
Why is Jonas ‘apprehensive’?
How does this passage make the reader feel? What does it reveal about Jonas and hisworld?
Analyze the structure of the society Jonas lives in:
What is Utopia and Dystopia? (Utopian society- the Garden of Eden was a utopiansociety)
Elsewhere- related to Heaven. Heaven is the ultimate Elsewhere.
To what extent are the
rules of Jonas’s society like those of your society? What
differences are most striking?
What are some of the rules of the society that Jonas lives in? How do the rulesmake people feel? How does Jonas feel about the rules?
Is a society in which everyone is treated the same fair or just? What is therelationship between equality and justice?
What is the ceremony of the Ones? How is it that there are children of different ages here?2.
How are these new babies allocated to the different families?3.
it fascinating that Jonas’s father had broken a rule
How is it relevant that the little child is given the name Gabriel?
Gabriel was a subtle messenger of the change that was coming to Jonas's community.(Like the angel Gabriel gave the message to Mary)
Names: Jonas- Jonah, Asher (name in the Old Testament), The Giver-God is the Giver of all things, Gabriel- name of the angel that came to Mary giving herthe news of a boy that was to be born to her.
is the Latin form of Jonah, from the Hebrew meaning
“dove.” The Old Testament tells the story of Jonah, to whom God gives the task
of telling the people of Nineveh that because of their greed and selfishness,their city will be destroyed in forty days. Through a series of events, Jonah isswallowed by a whale, rescued, and goes on to deliver his message. The peopleask for forgiveness and are saved from destruction. In The Giver, Jonas is themain character. He is also charged with the task of bringing important news and
perhaps “rescuing” his people.
is the name of the flower and has long symbolized purity
and innocence. In The Giver, Jonas’s younger sister Lily’s chil
dish innocence is
contrasted with Jonas’s growing disillusionment.
from the Hebrew, is one of two archangels identified inthe Old Testament. He is considered a prophetic messenger. In The Giver, the
‘new child’ with whom Jonas forms
a bond is named Gabriel. Although, we
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