“The Giver,” Chapter 8

October 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm 4 comments

Book: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Illustrated by: Lucy Knisley

In this chapter, the Community’s Cheif Elder explains that Jonas has been selected as the new “Reciever of Memory.” This assignment sets him apart from his peers– his assignment will involve suffering and pain. His training will be secret and mysterious. There is only one Reciever, so he is alone. The elder mentions that the last selected Reciever was a “failure,” and that this new choice was not made lightly. The Community reveres this title, strange as it is, so Jonas is flooded with approval from the gathered community.

Naturally, Jonas is totally scared out of his mind, and has no idea why he was picked for this job, but the approval of the Community is clearly the most important thing here.

I was struck by the act of leaving Jonas on the stage in his trepidation to face the community that he is now bound to serve. Truly, he is alone and operating outside of the parameters of the Sameness he has always lived by. As he looks at them, that “thing that had happened with the apple” occurs again, and Jonas begins to understand that this strange occurrence is why he is fit for this appointment.

Crazy scary.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah  |  October 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been following this blog for a while now and I wanted to say that the illustrations you’re making for this book are so endearing that I went out and read the book myself! I hadn’t read it before so I had no idea what it would be about. When I got more and more interested from your illustrations, I suddenly had to scramble to read the book so the story wouldn’t be spoiled for me. It was a really good book (I think I pretty much finished it in a day) and I can’t wait to see the rest of your illustrations for this story.😀

  • 2. S Priest  |  November 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I am going to be teaching “The Giver” to my 8th grade class this quarter and find your artwork and comments wonderful. I see that only up to chapter 8 are there comments made — where is the rest of the chapters?

  • 3. Rachael  |  November 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I love your illustrations!! I haven’t read The Giver since 8th grade, but reading these posts makes me want to go back and experience it again. You’ve captured it perfectly:)

  • 4. KATRINA  |  April 4, 2012 at 11:11 am



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