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What is the setting of the novel The Giver?

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anny591668 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 4, 2011 at 2:47 PM via web

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What is the setting of the novel The Giver?

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winthrop121 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 17, 2011 at 4:10 AM (Answer #1)

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The setting of the novel The Giver is very interesting. It does not say a specific time that it takes place in. The book only says that it takes place way into the future. In the book the main focus of the story takes place in a perfect community where Jonas (the main a of the novel) lives with his "family". In this community there is no color, war, music, love, real family, hunger, true pain, emotions, and not even weather such as snow, rain and even sunshine. There are no cars. Instead, everyone rides on bikes. There aren't even animals or hills. Just flat land as far as the eye can see. A community where you recieve a job at 12. That is the setting of The Giver.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM (Answer #2)

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The community is very different from our own in many ways.  We do not know the exact location or time period, although since it is dystopian/fantasy fiction we usually think of it as being set some time in the future.  When the book opens, it is some time in the fall as Jonas is looking ahead to December and the Ceremony of Twelve.  The story takes place in a little over a year.  The following December, Jonas and Gabriel escape the community on the day of the Ceremony of Twelve. 

The actual community is not described in much detail.  It is composed of a tight collection of houses and communal buildings, surrounded by agricultural fields and then open land.  We do know there is a river near the community, and that there are other neighboring communities not too far away.  The community is flat.

At some distance from the community is a place called Elsewhere, where the word is similar to ours.  Elsewhere might be an afterlife, like Heaven, or a real place.  In between the community and elsewhere there are hills, other rivers, trees and woods.

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