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What are some basic literary elements found in Chapters 7-8 from Lois Lowry's The Giver?

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Literary elements refer to the different parts of a story, such as: exposition, character, plot, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. How each of these elements is constructed helps to add unique style, thrilling suspense, and/or a deeper understanding to the story. Chapters 7 and 8 in The Giver show the Ceremony of Twelve when the twelve year-olds receive their assignments, which is a big deal. Lowry creates suspense by having the Chief Elder skip over Jonas's assignment without telling him that she plans to name his assignment later. The poor kid, as well as the reader possibly, is sweating buckets thinking that he might have done something wrong to get skipped.

"He saw the others in his group glance at him, embarrassed, and then avert their eyes quickly. He saw a worried look on the face of his group leader.

He hunched his shoulders and tried...

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