Speech on 'the Giver'

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Aayush Shah 8-C

The Giver(Speech)

FREEDOM OF THOUGHT…
FREEDOM OF SPEECH…
FREEDOM OF ACTION…

All these necessities for the mental freedom of a human being were manipulated in the society in the book ‘the Giver’. Lowry narrates The Giver in third person using a limited omniscient viewpoint in which only Jonas' thoughts and feelings are revealed. Through Jonas' eyes, his community appears to be a utopia — a perfect place — that is self-contained and isolated from Elsewhere, every other place in the world. No evidence of disease, hunger, poverty, war, or lasting pain exists in the community. Lowry explains why she chose this kind of a world in her speech for winning the newberry award for the giver.she said, ” I tried to make Jonas's world seem familiar, comfortable, and safe, and I tried to seduce the reader. I seduced myself along the way. It did feel good, that world. I got rid of all the things I fear and dislike; all the violence, poverty, prejudice and injustice, and I even threw in good manners as a way of life because I liked the idea of it.”for the better understanding of my fellow classmates I will further say a short summary of the story. The Giver tells the story of a young boy named Jonas living in a highly controlled community some time in the future. The novel fits into a larger genre of cautionary tales called "dystopian literature." A utopia is a society in which everything is perfect, so a dystopia is the opposite: everything has gone wrong. The novel explores Jonas's encounter with memories of "the past," a time much like ours, in which people still had the freedom of choice. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan which has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of "Receiver of Memory," the person who stores all the memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When...
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