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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lois Lowry's novel, The Giver, tells the story of 12 year old Jonas, who lives in a futuristic society that is controlled in virtually every aspect. The weather, people's desires and occupations, and even individual names are regulated by the community's rulers and laws. It is a peaceful society, and there are few problems. It is determined that Jonas will eventually become the next Receiver of Memory, the most revered position in the community. He is sent to learn new skills from the present Receiver, who refers to himself as The Giver. Jonas eventually discovers his new powers, but also finds that the community has been misled about several important issues--particularly the location (or rather definition) of Elsewhere, where the elder members eventually relocate. Jonas decides to escape from the colony and search for freedom outside his own small world.  

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This book follows a boy named Jonas as he comes to understand what his society is like and as he decides what he is going to do about it.

The first part of the book shows Jonas worrying about what sort of job he will be assigned.  This part ends with him being assigned a very special job as the "Receiver of Memories."

After that, Jonas spends the next part of the book getting memories that show how different his society is from the kind of world we live in.

The last part of the book shows Jonas deciding he hates the society and running away from it.