Lois Lowry's Message in The GiverWhat do you think the author Lois Lowry is trying to tell her readers in the novel The Giver?
I think Lowry sends several messages with her novel, but my favorite from The Giveris that one must suffer in order to know true happiness. Jonas learned this through bearing the pains and burdens of the memories he received. These experiences colored his world and allowed him to truly experience happiness in its deepest form. The people in his society only possessed very superficial happiness because they never had to experience suffering or pain so they never knew the height of what happiness and contentment could actually be. Once Jonas begins to realize what is missed from a life that is completely sheltered and controlled he becomes frustrated with everything and everyone in it because he sees how empty everyone is. It is not until we are in the deepest of valleys that we can really see our peaks for what they truly are and appreciate those moments so much more.
However, if this was all they knew, maybe they were the truly happy ones. Jacob experienced more emotions no doubt, but the great amount of pain he experienced counterbalanced the happiness he might have felt. The other members of society, however, did not feel discontent, they did not feel pain. Perhaps happiness is a relative term.