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Symbolism
in
The
Giver

Symbol

1.
Color

Red


2.

Gabriel


Purpose
of
Symbol
in
Story

• Shows
Jonas
as
separate

from
community
because

he
can
see
the
color

• Shows
strong
emotions
–

love,
hate





3.
Sled






4.
Light

Eyes





5.
River










Examples
of
Symbol
in
Story

• Apple
toss
with
Asher
–
shows
Jonas’
ability
to
see
as
a
 separation
between
friends

• Fiona’s
hair
–
symbolizes
Jonas’
desire
to
feel
emotions
 • The
Giver’s
books
–
shows
wisdom
denied
to
the
community
 • Lights
on
the
house
in
Elsewhere
–
shows
ideas
of
 freedom/escape

Represents
Jonas
accessing

• Gabriel
can’t
sleep
or
adapt
to
life
in
the
Nurturing
center
so
 emotions
(particularly

he
is
brought
into
Jonas’
home;
everyone
has
to
sign
 love)
denied
by

something
saying
that
they
won’t
become
attached
(typifying
 community
rules

the
community’s
rules
and
morality).
Jonas
is
unable
to
resist
 Represents
purity
because

caring
for
Gabriel
despite
the
societal
expectations
 he
is
untainted
by
the

• Becomes
Jonas’
Receiver
during
his
stay
at
the
house
and
the
 community’s
rules

escape

• Becomes
the
reason
that
Jonas
escapes
ahead
of
the
Giver’s
 time
frame

Moving
downhill
on
the

• First
memory
given
to
Jonas
by
the
Giver
 sled
symbolizes
the

• Shows
Jonas
what
cold
is
so
that
he
can
use
those
memories
 transfer
of
memories
from

to
protect
Gabriel
and
himself
from
the
heat‐seeking
 the
Giver
to
Jonas

airplanes
during
their
escape
–
he
makes
them
both
cold.
 Symbolizes
rescue
when

• Jonas
finds
the
sled
at
the
end
when
he
and
Gabriel
are
about
 Jonas
needs
to
mentally

to
give
up.
They
use
the
sled
to
go
toward
the
lights
of
the
 and
physically
escape
the

house
in
Elsewhere

community’s
reality

Symbolizes
the
ability
to

• Lily
points
out
that
Jonas
and
Gabriel
both
have
‘funny’
eyes
 see
deeply,
which
allows

which
angers
Jonas
because
he
wants
to
be
part
of
the
 Jonas
to
be
the
Receiver
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