What are 12 major events of The Giver in chronological order?
Before beginning, be sure that you understand that Lowry relates these "event" to birthdays in a way. A child who is born in January of the year celebrates the first event at the same ceremony as a child who was born in December of the same year.
Ceremony of One: The fifty children born in a certain year are given a name and a family unit.
The Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives, and Sixes all must wear jackets that button up the back so that they learn to depend on each other.
Ceremony of Seven: Children receive a jacket that they can button themselves.
Ceremony of Eight: The children begin their volunteer hours and girls don't have to wear hair ribbons. The children must also turn in their "comfort objects" so that new children may have them. They also wear jackets with smaller buttons and pockets which symbolize a new independence.
Ceremony of Nine: All of the children are given bicycles; many have already been taught how to ride by their older siblings.
Ceremony of Ten: The children have their hair cut.
Ceremony of Eleven: Males are given new long pants to wear, and females are given new undergarments.
Ceremony of Twelve: Each child is assigned his life's work. For example, Jonah is given the job of Receiver of Memory.
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