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Gathering Blue

Lois Lowry has created a brutal and primitive society in which Kira lives in Gathering Blue. As we learn in the first chapters, Kira literally has to defend her life and tell those in charge why...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2009 10:51 am UTC

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The main character is Kira, a disabled and orphaned girl who shares a mystical power that other children share, a power of craft. They are used by the community to create artistically rendered...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2007 8:59 pm UTC

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The dystopian world in which Gathering Blue is set is certainly no place for children. It's not much of a place for adults, either, but it's much much worse for the kids. This is a society in which...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018 12:59 pm UTC

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In chapter 2, Kira returns to the village after attending her mother's dead body in the Field of Leaving, only to find that the women of the village intend to kill her so that they can have the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 11:14 pm UTC

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This section of the novel comes in Chapter Two, as Kira finds herself surrounded by a gang of women led by Vandara, some of whom had rocks in their hands. Vandara is clearly against Kira's...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2011 7:29 pm UTC

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The short answer to your question is yes, Kira's society does relate to the United States. But to be more specific, Kira's society relates only in parts. The society is not a mirror image of...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 1:51 pm UTC

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In the novel Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, Kira's attitude towards the people in the fen changes when Matt becomes her friend. Matt, even though he is dirty, abused and neglected, is free to move...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2014 1:57 pm UTC

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We are given only sparse information concerning "The Ruin," as it has come to be known in this excellent novel. It is clear that the precise nature of the destruction that mankind brought upon...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2011 8:45 pm UTC

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Matt was just "a kid around the block" who hung around Kira's cott (makeshift dwelling), which was not far from the edge of the forest. Matt lived there, along with other Fen people (forest...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2009 11:30 pm UTC

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I think there are two answers to this question, one of which is stated directly in the book and the other which is hinted at. Firstly, Kira's world and in particular her village is set in a...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 7:42 pm UTC

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Lois Lowry, the author of Gathering Blue, chose an artist to be the main character because she wanted a character who was uniquely capable of influencing her society, even as a young person. The...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2016 3:01 am UTC

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Simply a mother's love for her daughter and the conviction that such a harsh and exclusive attitude was wrong prompted Katrina to stand up for Kira. (Kira had a leg malformation, or something like...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2010 12:18 am UTC

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The author emphasizes the importance of being an abled person in the society in Gathering Blue by showing that they outcast people who are disabled in any way. When they are outcast, they are taken...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 5:27 pm UTC

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Kira lives in a harsh civilization where people, although fortunately constrained by a system of rules, have little feeling or compassion for others. Physical imperfection is not tolerated, and...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 7:28 am UTC

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Thomas has also been brought to Edifice to live. He has no parents, and he was told that they were killed in a storm. Thomas is really good with carving wood. His fingers seem to work on their...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2009 9:44 pm UTC

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When Kira returns to the village from the Field of Leaving after her mother has died, she sees Matt, a boy of about eight or nine years old, who has always been friendly toward her. She knows she...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 5:09 pm UTC

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You need to look at the way in which this book presents us with a very repressive society that allows a group of people (the Guardians) to act in their best interests to ensure their continued...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 11:35 am UTC

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Both were sacramental objects used during a yearly ritual commemorating the "Ruin," which though not overtly stated probably refers to an global epidemic or a nuclear holocaust. An intricately...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2009 5:07 pm UTC

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Unfortunately, I do not have a study unit already written for this wonderful book. However, I recommend using the eNotes resources at the link given below. The links to the right of the page will...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2008 8:52 am UTC

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Lowry mentions that the women are not allowed to read or do other intellectual activities, and they are only allowed to bare children, take care of the household and do some simple activities such...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 10:36 am UTC

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Lowry is remarkably good at using the dystopia to make us look carefully at our own world. In this trilogy, she explores the tradeoff between personal choice and peace. Although our own world is...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 12:49 am UTC

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The Council of Guardians summons Kira because they want to employ her skills with a needle and thread in order to repair the Singer’s cloak. At first, Kira is afraid to go to the council because...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009 12:24 pm UTC

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One formal norm in Jonas's society is the family. People's families are chosen for them. They don't choose a spouse or make decisions based on romance. This means that people are less passionate...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 5:22 am UTC

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Kira's community is isolated by surrounding fields and wooded areas that are meant to keep the villagers in, just as much as outsiders out. They use fear of the forest to discourage attempts to...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2008 9:05 pm UTC

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The protagonist, Kira, who has a disability, is recently orphaned and must learn to survive in a society which normally leaves the weak or disabled exposed to die. The society she lives in greatly...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2007 9:24 pm UTC

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Gathering Blue is categorized as Young Adult fiction, which means that its target readers are adolescents. Many children of various ages have had the experience of losing a parent. The idea that a...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 4:36 am UTC

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Blue?! No, seriously, I think the colour blue has to be a significant feature of any powerpoint background for a presentation on this excellent novel. #2 makes a very good point concerning the need...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2011 8:39 pm UTC

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Kira is a significant character in Gathering Blue on several levels. She is important within her family because her mother's love enabled her to stay alive in opposition to society's Way. She...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 5:40 am UTC

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Kira, the main character in Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue, actually exhibits very few negative qualities. Readers might fault with her slightly for her minor outbursts in front of the Council of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 7:44 pm UTC

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The Ruin song might actually be called the history of all people.  It begins with the story of creation, progressing to the rise and fall of civilizations.  This cycle of ruin and...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 7:46 am UTC

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To picture the setting in Gathering Blue, one might imagine a melding of twentieth-century American suburbia with seventeenth-century Native American wattle-and-daub construction (see link). Since...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 9:54 pm UTC

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It is important I think that we are never specifically told what happened to trigger off the Ruin that destroyed our version of humanity and plunged humans into a kind of dark age where they lost...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 7:06 pm UTC

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When Kira decides to rebuild her burned cottage against great odds, this foreshadows her decision to stay in the village in order to create a new future for the people. Kira believes in herself and...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2007 3:51 am UTC

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I do not have the book "Gathering Blue" in front of me, but in general terms I can say that art has an element of expression in it that skill does not. For example, if a person is...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2008 4:22 am UTC

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In Kira's society, children, or tykes as they are called, are considered valuable because they can become workers for the family unit. However, any child who represents a drain on the family...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 12:43 am UTC

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The people have a rule in their code of conduct that says, "if there is a death, the causer-of-death must die" (Chapter 2).  Throwing an unwanted member to the beasts allows him to...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2007 2:43 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Nine. Having met Annabella for the first time, Kira feels completely bewildered by all that she has to remember and very overwhelmed by what is...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 9:26 pm UTC

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Kira's society places a very low value on human life, especially the lives of babies and children. Kira's society values those who "contribute" to the physical needs of themselves and the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 2:32 am UTC

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