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by Lois Lowry

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What is the setting of the book The Giver?

The Giver takes place at an undetermined point in the future in a hypothetical society that regulates life so that it is predictable and safe. Jonas lives in a relatively small community by the river. Many of the novel's important events take place in the Annex, where Jonas goes to spend time with the Giver. Jonas also spend time in different municipal buildings and private homes. In the end, Jonas escapes to the boundaries outside of the community, a place called Elsewhere.

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Lois Lowry's celebrated novel The Giver is set in a futuristic dystopian society in a nondescript location where citizens are required to conform to society's standards and must obey government regulations and laws. Jonas's society is depicted as a small, highly organized community, which is founded on the principles of Sameness. Sameness requires uniformity among citizens and completely alters the environment of Jonas’s community.

In the story, scientists have successfully controlled the climate, made colors and music obsolete, and have dramatically transformed the landscape to make transportation more efficient. Jonas's community is also small due to the regulated birth rate, which is determined and controlled by the Committee of Elders. This ruling government body matches spouses, sets the birth rate, creates family units, and chooses occupations for each civilian.

There are several important buildings throughout Jonas's small community, which include the Nurturing Center, the House of the Old, the Rehabilitation Center, the Hall of Open Records, the Auditorium, and the Annex, where Jonas spends his training sessions with the Giver.

As Jonas begins to receive memories from the Giver, he becomes jaded with his oppressive community and desires independence. Jonas learns the importance of individuality and wishes to experience life as originally intended before Sameness. Eventually, Jonas discovers the awful truth about "release" and flees the community with Gabriel.

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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.

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lapao | Student

the nurturing center

the house of old}

the comunity

the ceremony of twelve

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