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Gathering Blue

In Lois Lowry's book Gathering Blue, the fact that Matt does not know what "gift" means is significant is because it demonstrate Matt's background and upbringing (or, rather, the lack of it.) By...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 3:06 am UTC

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Although Matt is only eight or nine years old, and although he displays a lack of manners consistent with his upbringing in the Fen, he declines to enter Kira's room with her when Jamison ushers...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 3:28 am UTC

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It is not clear, but the story suggests that the Singer who performs the incantations in the annual ritual of "The Ruin" does so against his will. Such is the case of the little girl named Jo who...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010 2:27 pm UTC

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Gathering Blue contains three kinds of irony: verbal, dramatic, and situational. Verbal irony occurs when words mean the opposite of what their literal meaning suggests. Dramatic irony is when...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 1:53 pm UTC

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Each reader will respond differently to Gathering Blue, but many will find a number of satisfying elements in the novel and possibly a few elements that are less satisfying. One strength of the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 12:51 am UTC

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Kira begins to worry about Matt when she hasn't seen him for two days. She persuades Thomas to go with her to the Fen to try to find out whether he is ill or why he hasn't been to see them. They...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 2:38 pm UTC

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Perhaps the best insight into how Kira's community values human life is provided by Kira's trial. Vandara, Kira's accuser, brings a case against Kira that relies on the accepted standards of the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 2:14 am UTC

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You might want to consider the following issues. Firstly, consider the way that Kira is presented at the beginning of the novel. Thanks to the death of her mother, and, she believes, the death of...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 8:59 pm UTC

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You might want to consider the description we are given of the community of which Kira is a part, and the way that it features elements that are both pre- and post-Ruin. This helps to present us...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011 8:12 pm UTC

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Kira first meets Jamison while she is on trial for her life. She must decide whether to defend herself or allow an appointed defender to manage her case. She doubts whether someone who doesn't know...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 3:27 pm UTC

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At first glance, the culture of Kira's village, as depicted in Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue, seems very different from our "typical" American culture. Look at the customs of naming, for instance....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020 2:00 pm UTC

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The Robe and the Song are both historical stories that the Council shares with the people in their society. When Kira gets the job to repair and restore the robe, she realizes that it's one way the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 3:12 pm UTC

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I believe that this question is asking about events that happen in the first two chapters of the book. The book begins with Kira's mother having died, and that is a big problem for Kira. Kira lives...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 3:57 pm UTC

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The major frightening truth that Kira discovers is the truth about how brutal and manipulative the leaders of her society are. She learns that they (even when they seem to be nice and caring like...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

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In Kira's society, women are second-class citizens, and they live very separate lives from the men for the most part. Women seem to be primarily in charge of child-rearing, gardening, tending...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 1:40 am UTC

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Kira, Thomas and Jo are possessed of an almost magical talent that gives them the ability to, respectively, weave incredibly intricate scenes with beautiful colours, carve amazingly detailed...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

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Vandara is upset with the Council's verdict because the Council sides with Kira. Vandara tries to prove that Kira is useless and lazy, especially with her bad leg. Now that Kira's mother is gone,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 7:11 am UTC

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Matt lives in an area known as the Fen, which is a lower-class area equivalent to a slum in our culture. Kira lives in the village, and those who live in the Fen are closely associated with village...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 9:19 pm UTC

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Gathering Blue is a story about a girl who lives in a dystopian society. Consequently, the book is not so much a story that has a main conflict that is man versus man. Dystopian stories, more often...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2021 3:41 am UTC

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Gathering Blue is primarily the story of Kira, a girl whose mother dies early in the novel. The author uses the protagonist and her experiences to develop a complex story set in a dystopian...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2021 3:54 am UTC

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It's fair to say that Matt doesn't really get the concept of what a gift entails. This is a direct consequence of his chaotic, unstable background. Matt is a wild child, a vagabond from the wrong...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018 12:40 pm UTC

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According to Common Sense Media, Gathering Blue is an appropriate choice for readers over the age of eleven. The target audience for this book, along with the rest of The Giver quartet is middle...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018 7:44 pm UTC

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Thomas is a teen-aged boy who functions as the special woodcarver for Kira's community. Even before Kira comes to live at the Council Edifice, she knows about him. He is called Thomas the Carver,...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 2:56 am UTC

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In chapter eight of the Lois Lowry's novel Gathering Blue, Kira, the main character, has to go to Annabella's house to learn how to make dye. The path there lies through the woods, and Kira is...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018 2:06 pm UTC

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There are three powerful symbols of expectation in Gathering Blue. Kira and Thomas, the artists, each have a job that entails recording the future. Kira, the Threader of the Singer's robe, will...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 5:22 am UTC

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Thomas was special because he was an artist. When he was still a very young boy, the guardians noticed his ability to carve wood. They apparently wanted to groom him as the official carver who...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 12:10 am UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Kira is in the Field of Leaving grieving over her dead mother. In Kira’s society, a person has to wait for four days for the spirit to leave the body of the loved...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 7:11 pm UTC

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Jamison wants to know what Kira has heard concerning the beasts in the Fen, which supposedly attack and kill people passing through the forest. Actually, this is just hearsay intended to keep the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2009 11:39 pm UTC

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Given that the windows of this structure were made of stained glass, the reader can suppose that the building had most probably been a church. The mention of a wooden cross on the wall of unknown...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2009 8:15 pm UTC

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Kira keeps a small scrap of cloth in her pocket, and it helps her fall asleep on her first night at her new home in the Council Edifice. Finding herself in unfamiliar surroundings after the trauma...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2009 6:24 am UTC

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Women are forbidden to read because the Council of Elders want to keep them in a state of permanent ignorance. If women start reading books, there's a real danger that they'll develop ideas of...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 7:44 am UTC

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Kira, the protagonist of "Gathering Blue," is a handicapped orphan who finds a place in her community thanks to her extraordinary gift at weaving and embroidering. For this reason, she earns the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2009 7:11 pm UTC

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Women in Gathering Blue are not allowed to go on the hunt. When Kira looks out of Thomas's window and sees the men preparing for the hunt, she notices that Matt is among them. She persuades Thomas...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 1:08 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter One of this excellent follow up to The Giver. Remember that Matt, because he comes from the Fens, is not given a precise age. The narrator only...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 4:32 am UTC

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Kira is a lot of things. Physically she is crippled and could have been killed because of it given that her society doesn't tolerate such things. It's possible her internal character traits arose...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2015 1:52 pm UTC

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I'm not sure whether you mean "expectations" or "exceptions" in this question, but I think the answer is the same. During Kira's trial, Vandara accuses her and invokes the rules of the society to...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

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Lois Lowry's young reader's novel Gathering Blue is a futuristic dystopian novel warning what type of society our current values and politics could lead us to. The orphaned protagonist Kira lives...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 9:36 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Ten as Kira feels a strange premonition of some harm that will come to Matt if he is allowed to go on the hunt with the others. Because of this,...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 8:31 pm UTC

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I am assuming that we are talking about internal strength here, as obviously, Kira, through her disability, is not externally strong, and is regarded as something of a liability to her tribe, as...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 12:54 am UTC

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In Kira's society, people with handicaps are not allowed to stay in the village. They are banished to "another" place. Kira has a deformed leg. She was not sacrificed at birth because of this...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2011 12:46 am UTC

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In Gathering Blue, many effects that at first seem to have one cause end up having a completely different cause. For example, the novel opens with Kira's mother's death after a "brief and...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 11:21 pm UTC

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Kira is able to fix everything on the robe. For a time, she doesn't believe she'll be able to replace the blue on the robe. She never learned how to make blue dye because her mother doesn't know....

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 5:29 am UTC

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In the story, the village men prepare for a hunt by picking out their weapons of choice the evening before. Hunts always begin early in the morning, so the hunters must prepare during the night....

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019 3:13 pm UTC

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This "four syllable wisdom" person would be ready to wear the robe. Anyone who knows the meaning of four syllable words must be educated and therefore wise. A young child first learns to speak in...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2010 10:12 am UTC

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The answer to your question lies in Chapter 18. There, we discover that Jo wants to write a new song for Kira. In the story, Jo has been assigned to prepare for her eventual role of Singer. She is...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2016 2:50 pm UTC

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Gathering Blue is a novel written by Lois Lowry and is the sequel to her novel The Giver. This novel is mainly about a girl named Kira who is asked to help the Council of Guardians and the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 5:18 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Three of this excellent dystopian novel. As Kira is summoned before the Council of Guardians, we are told about the role of the Singer in singing...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2011 8:40 pm UTC

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Thomas fears that he will lose his special talent as his creativity stops speaking to him. Thomas is a young wood carver who lives down the hall from Kira. He keeps a small piece of wood that he...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2013 8:05 pm UTC

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Both Thomas and Kira are artists. Thomas has the ability to carve intricate designs in wood, and Kira can embroider scenes in beautiful colors with thread. Kira discovers that their journeys as...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 3:53 pm UTC

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I would define "The Way" as tradition. In many societies, people's lives are governed as much by traditions and by engrained ways of doing things as they are by actual written laws. This is the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011 12:51 am UTC

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