The Giver Themes
The Giver key themes:
In The Giver, Jonas’s dystopian society carefully marks the passage of childhood with rituals that emphasize conformity in development; Jonas, however, discovers what it means to grow up on his own.
The value of difference becomes apparent as the society’s focus on “Sameness” results in terrible abuses, like the “releases” that readers recognize as forced euthanasia.
The individual comes into conflict with society when society subordinates individual preferences to the good of the whole and limits individual freedoms.
- Some identify The Giver as an allegory representing Amish and Anabaptist communities; others disagree and see the novel as a critique of gnosticism and the idea that deeper truth should remain in the hands of a privileged few.