READER ☆ ☆ Lois Lowry

The GiverJonas lebt in einer Welt in der es keine Kriege mehr gibt keine Verbrechen und keine Angst mehr Jeder lebt wohlbehütet ein bis ins kleinste geregeltes Leben Alle sind glücklich und zufriede Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda using oversimplification emotional appeals and dualistic morality to shut down her readers' minds More troubling is that it is aimed at children who don't yet have the critical faculties to defend themselves from such underhanded methodsUnsurprisingly Lowry adopts the structure of the monomyth euating a spiritual journey with a moral one Her Christ figure uses literal magic powers to rebel against his society This rebellion and the morality behind it are presented as 'natural' to contrast with the 'abnormal morality' around himLowry doesn't seem to understand that we get our morality from our culture it isn't something in born that we 'lose' This is the first hint of Lowry's misunderstanding of the human mind She assumes her own morality is correct and then builds her story to fit itShe also makes the character act and think like a modern person would despite never adeuately explaining how he came up with such unusual notions It's the same trick many historical fiction authors use leaving us scratching our heads as to why a Fourteenth Century French peasant speaks like a second wave feminist I'd suggest that Lowry falls to this fault for the same reason they do she has no talent for imagining how others might think differentlyLowry's book ends with the standard nonspecific transgressive spiritual event that marks any overblown monomyth Since the book is not a progressive presentation of ideas it does not suggest any conclusion Instead the climax is a symbolic faux death event symbolic of what none can say Confusingly Lowry later redacts the ending in the seuels undermining the pseudo spiritual journey she createdThough some call this book 'Dystopian' it's closer to the truth to say Lowry borrows elements from the Dystopian authors attempting to combine the spiritual uplift of the monomyth with the political and social deconstruction of the Dystopia What she doesn't recognize is that the faith of the one conflicts with the cynicism of the other She draws on ideas and images from many other authors Bradbury Huxley Orwell Burgess but doesn't improve upon themThese authors created novels that reflected the world around them They based them on the political events of the times presented with realism and careful psychology Though they presented the struggle between the individual and the society they portrayed morality as grey and suffering as the result of individual human faults not political systems Lowry doesn't realize that the best way to critiue Fascism or Communism is not to present it as 'evil' but to simply present it as it wasBut Lowry's world is not based in reality it is symbolic and hyperbolic Instead of writing about how poverty makes the world seem small and dull she has the characters magically unable to experience life Instead of an impersonal government she presents a sort of evil hippy commune The only political system it resembles is a school which is a neat little trick to get the kids interested The idea that 'schoolunfeeling totalitarian hell' is not an uncommon one but it's one I'm surprised teachers would support The book also suggests a creche but lacking similarity to any real world system it doesn't work as a political criticismLowry creates this artificial world to suit her purposes but it is not a symbolic exercise like 'Animal Farm' We understand that the pigs of animal farm are symbolic because there are no talking pigs Lowry's world is insidious since its oversimplification is hidden She builds an artificial world to support the dualist morality that she's pushing She presents the same knee jerk fears about euthanasia and abortion that people use against Women's Rights or Health CareWorse than these Straw Man arguments is the fact that she never deals with the economic causes of totalitarianism Tyrants don't just rise up and take control by their own force of will they come into power because of the socioeconomic situations that surround them Lean times produce strong fascist leaders while profitable times produce permissive liberal societiesStrong centralized leadership simply doesn't self propagate in cultures where everyone is clothed fed and housed The Holocaust was socially about some ideal of 'change' and 'purity' but it was economically about the transmission of wealth from Jews Poles and Catholics to Germans and specifically to those Germans who had elected the new ruling partyThe atrocities of war are for the most part committed by normal people on other normal people By presenting the power structure as 'amoral' and 'inhuman' Lowry ignores the fact that people will willingly cause others to suffer Painting the enemy as 'evil' and 'alien' is just an unsophisticated propagandist methodShe contrasts her 'evil' with the idealized 'goodness' of emotion beauty and freedom This is nothing than the American dream of 'specialness' that Mr Rogers was pushing for so many years We are all special we are all good we all deserve love and happiness Sure it sounds good but what does it meanWhere does this 'specialness' come from If it is just the 'sanctity of human life' then it's not really special because it's all encompassing If all of us are special then none of us are There's nothing wrong with valuing life but when Lowry presents one mode of life as valuable and another as reprehensible she ceases to actually value humanity as a whole Instead she values a small idealized chunk of humanity 'People are good except the ones I don't like' is not a moral basis nor is it a good message to send to kidsIf the specialness is only based on fitting in with a certain moral and social guideline then Lowry isn't praising individuality she's praising herd behavior The protagonist is only 'special' because he has magic powers His specialness is not a part of his character it is an emotional appealThe idea of being a special individual is another piece of propaganda and its one kids are especially prone to because kids aren't special they are carefully controlled and powerless Giving a character special powers and abilities and then using that character to feed a party line to children is not merely disingenuous it's disturbingThere is also a darker side to universal specialness giving a child a sense of importance without anything to back it up creates egotism and instability Adults noticed that children with skills and friends had high self esteems but instead of teaching their children social skills and knowledge they misunderstood the causal relationship and tried to give them self worth firstUnfortunately the moment unsupported self worth is challenged the child finds they have nothing to fall back on Their entitlement didn't come from their skills or experiences and so they have nothing to bolster that sense of worth Instead any doubt sends them down a spiral of emotional instabilityA single book like this wouldn't be the cause of

Lois Lowry ☆ The Giver EBOOK

R Zweifel ob die Entscheidung Selbstbestimmung Freiheit und Gefühle zugunsten von Sicherheit Zweckmäßigkeit und Schmerzfreiheit aufzugeben richtig war Eine äußerst spannende Zukunftsvisi 355 Stars I read this book previously in middle school for English class and was still able to appreciate it almost a decade later The Giver is a story that sticks with many of us as it is often a part of reuired reading in school I consider it one of the most impactful academic reads from my adolescence as it was one of the first stories to feel targeted towards me I think the concept is fantastic and appreciate it's method of tackling serious issues through the lens of a teen Though it was published after many famous dystopian stories of similar nature I feel The Giver succeeds in resonating with younger readers and challenging them to think critically about society in a way many others cannotReading as an adult though I do feel I enjoyed it less I had many uestions about the structure of the world that weren’t answered in text I’m aware it’s a series but for a first installment I feel it could have benefitted with detail I felt it was lacking in characterization as I did not feel much attachment to the characters Additionally with both times I’ve read this novel I tend to feel unsatisfied by the ending The last chapter or so is such a drag in my opinion and doesn’t make me WANT to read Overall I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy The Giver as much as I did at thirteen but I’m glad I read it a second time

EPUB The Giver

FREE PDF â BOOK The Giver µ NATURALTREATMENT Ô Jonas lebt in einer Welt in der es keine Kriege mehr gibt keine Verbrechen und keine Angst mehr Jeder lebt wohlbehütet ein bis ins kleinste geregeltes Leben Alle sind glücklich und zufrieden Nun lernt Jonas im Zuge seiner Ausbildung zum Hüter der Erinnerung die Lebensform seineN Nun lernt Jonas im Zuge seiner Ausbildung zum Hüter der Erinnerung die Lebensform seiner Vorfahren kennen hört von Tod Gewalt Schmerz aber auch von Freundschaft und Liebe Plötzlich hat e Stuck at home Got some time on your hands Want to start a long series But you don't want a dudThen I have some suggestions for youCheck out this booktube video all about which series are worth your time and which ones aren't Thanks for watching and happy reading Check Out the Written Review Man oh man for a children's bookLowry certainly didn't pull any punches Jonas lives in a perfectly perfect world Every family has one mother one father one girl and one boy Families always get along the parents never disagree no one has any secrets Everyone contributes to society eually No one is ever outraged angry sad The life where nothing was ever unexpected Or inconvenient Or unusual The life without colour pain or past However what appears perfect on the surface hides a far darker truth There isn't any negativity in their world but also there isn't any true happiness or love All emotions are suppressed children are taken from birth mothers and defected individuals are released His society is alive but not living Jonas is ready to undergo the ceremony of twelves during which are children born in the same year 'age' to the next level He will be assigned his role in society but when he is supposed to accept his new job he's given the title of Receiver Something he's never even heard of No one really knows what the Receiver does other than the Giver Soon Jonas learns that the Giver holds the collected memories of the societies long since past and passes it along to the next generation Jonas is faced with startling realities that he would've never considered how beautiful color is how heartbreaking loss is and how incredibly wonderful love can make a person feel The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain It's the loneliness of it Memories need to be shared And soon he comes to a decision One that would irrevocably shift his small world Of course they needed to care It was the meaning of everything I first read this one in fifth grade and whew It was a doozie Reread it this year and I'm starting to wonder if kids would like English class a lot if any of the books were a bit cheerfulThat being said reading this one as an adult completely changed my perspective I remember liking it in a slightly apathetic way in fifth grade Now I'm wholly invested in the plot the characters and the world What an incredible dystopia Audiobook CommentsVery well read by Ron Rifkin He wasn't a stunning narrator but definitely an enjoyable one Though it was a bit disconcerting to hear a grown man's voice for 12 year old JonasYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat mirandareads