The Giver Setting

What is the setting of the book The Giver?

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Julie Feng eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is set in a futuristic dystopian / utopian society. Based on the evidence in the text, the place where Jonas lives seems to be a fairly small community. The community is by a river, which comes up often in the plot (at one point, a four year old boy name Caleb drowns in the river). 

The various places within the community include: 

The Nursery, the Nurturing Center, the Childcare Center, the Department of Justice, the school, the fish hatchery, the House of the Old, the Rehabilitation Center, the Hall of Open Records, the Hall of Closed Records, the Auditorium (where public events are held, such as the ceremony of twelves), and various family houses (called units or dwellings).

Also, there is a Annex, where the Giver / Receiver lives. It is special and noteworthy because it is the only place in the entire community that has locks on the doors, indicating the Giver / Receiver's unique status in the community. 

A VERY important setting is also "Elsewhere," which is what the members of this community call anywhere that is beyond the community. At the very end of the novel, Jonas escapes the community and supposedly makes it to the mysterious "Elsewhere."

jilllessa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The setting of the book is a managed community in a futuristic society.  Jonas lives in a place where everything is regulated so that the unexpected never happens.  In Jonas' society everybody has the perfect family unit, the perfect job, and even perfect weather.  The book opens as Jonas is approaching 12 years old and waiting to find out what his adult career assignment will be.

user7870940 | Student

The setting of the giver is a community in which everything is uniform and everyone is assigned to everything in life and all rules are followed. 

mrs-k | Student

The setting of The Giver has no specific time frame given, it is however a futuristic setting that is almost surreal.  The setting of the homes gives the impression that every home is the same with no change in the environment.  It is one that is so still it seems almost as if no changes in weather exist, however if one is to leave the society one will encounter an environment that is so desolate it makes survival seem almost impossible.

ik9744 | Student

The setting was in a community with no colors, emotion, etc. Basically taking their rights away if they can't pick their jobs too.

lapao | Student

the nurturing center

the house of old}

the comunity

the ceremony of twelve

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