" The truth hurts, but lies cripple strong relationship." - Courtney Bunn
The Giver has a message of truth hidden behind the walls of lies. Jonas and the Giver represent the truth while the dad, mom, and the community represent a lie.
In beginning of the book, I start to see a pattern of simple issues that very severe repercussions. Then Jonas is presented and the story begins with his regular life, but as the book progresses you see that Jonas' life is everything but regular. So in the book there are four archetypes: hero, mentor, shadow, and shape shifter.
Message behind the book
In the Giver there are many facets to look through to get a grasp of each theme that may appear to you.
The main message that I really gathered was an aspect of freedom. It mostly is talking of freedom. The author was probably trying to depict the balanced yet unbalanced world that Jonas lived in. She wanted to show people that freedom is a gift to be treasured, because enslavement right now is a very strong concern.
Also being blind to lies. In the giver people follow rules that they know but don't fully comprehend. These leaders are kind of like tyrants because the control everybody like robots, and they make everyone listen to them. They manipulated the atmosphere so they could have everything just the same everyday.
There is a question that I would like you to think about: Can the actual perfect world exist or is it truly and irrevicably impossible?
Being an individual. It really shows how to appreciate your individuality because in this book when you are a young one your age is just there, but when you become a twelve you actually get some individual freedom but it is instantly snatched away from you because then your career is chosen for you and then you begin to walk along a straight line that never curves, gets kinks, but always stays straight.
The Symbols of the Book
The baby Gabriel was a sign or starting over. Babies usually mean a new life, starting over in a new body or helping someone start over. when Jonas takes Gabriel away from the community it shows Jonas caring and that he doesn't want Gabriel to grow up in a corrupt government.
Another symbol is the river. I know everyone usually thinks that rivers mean a flow of life, well the river in the book represents escaping captivity to a lying community. The river is also unpredictable with the current or high snd low tides which is why Jonas and the Giver want to change the community because they think it should be based on truthfulness.
The last symbol is th sley. I think it is important because it is a way to travel and when thr Giver gave Jonas that memory it meant that the ride down the hill is a way to get way but also an awakening for Jonas because he has never experanced thrill, snow,or ever heard of a sled. This memory represents the journey that Jonas goes through with Gabriel and the Giver.
Writing this appreciation lets me express my feelings about this book also I was allowed to present my poinion of what the message of the book. Labeling the characters in this book helps me to appreciate things everyone in the world might have or not have.