I need a theme statement and three external conflicts for The Giver.

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parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One point Lowry is making is that suffering is an intrinsic part of life's experiences and that it cannot be separated from the whole. One cannot fully experience joy without having known sorrow, and the things one values most in life are precious because they are indeed fragile and ephemeral.

Another idea is the importance of history in forming a collective consciousness. Without going Jungian, the book portrays the Community's total apathy and inability to function, resulting from the absence of reference points and links with the past. The Giver and Jonas finally help their people reconnect with their heritage, giving them also the ability to make intelligent choices once again.

parsons4 | Student

One theme in this novel could be love vs. logic.  The society is based on a logical formula, but love has been weeded out in order to prevent disruption in this formula.  There are many examples of this theme in the novel.  For instance, Jonas watches his father release the smaller of twin boys.  For more ideas on theme, refer to the link below.

Jonas vs. society - Jonas has knowledge of how and why their society changed to be the way it is, so his point of view is different from the others, who blindly accept it.

Jonas vs. himself - Much like a religious figure, Jonas is burdened with the responsibility of having the knowledge of which others are ignorant.  He must decide what to do with this information.

Jonas vs. man - Jonas loves Gabriel, the baby who comes to live with his family.  Because of this, he is conflicted with his parents, who have been conditioned to simply release the child because he will not sleep through the night.

yahairagarcia2001 | Student

person vs technology: when a character is against technology. In The Giver there are few mentions of technological advances—one that makes all people see in shades of grey (that is why they cant see color, which bothers Jonas). We know this because the Giver tells Jonas that the red hair of his friend Fiona must drive the geneticists crazy since everyone is supposed to be the same.

user3839453 | Student

what is a person vs technology conflict for the giver book by louis lowery