Getting to know their lifestyle and form of government in The Giver
I am reading The Giver, by Lois Lowry right now. The book is okay, but getting to know about the lifestyle and their form of goverment is kind of confusing. It isn't something i am quite used to. I have never heard of when someone turns twelve, they are called a "twelve", very weird.
I thought pages 15-25 were very interesting because it seems like everything is based on a very isolated enviroment, everything is very organized and plain. It seems as if the story was based on a black and white setting where there was no color in the world, because of the way the characters acted. It seems like they have no freedom.
One line from this part of the book that stands out for me is: "My ceremony as a Twelve." this stood out for me because i really didnt quite understand what was going on, and what he really meant. It seems as if his ceremony on becoming a twelve was like the border between children and becoming an adult. Is this like another version of a guys 18th birthday?
Another line that stood out for me was "What is this this comfort creature?" I though this was pretty funny because it was actually a stuffed animal. It suddenly reminded me of when i was little, and how i liked stuffed animals. It brought back a lot of memories.
This section of The Giver reminds me of something that happend to me. One time I also encountered a kid that was different from me. I was at a family dinner party, and the kid was very noisy and disruptive, although his parents didn't do anything. I thought the child was very spoiled. I was suprised because i thought all children would have been like me, but in the end not everyone is the same. I grew up in a different enviroment and experienced more than him. We were very different although we were in the same family.
What's probably going to happen next is Jonas will eventually become a twelve and receive new assignments that he will need to fufill.
I am looking foward to reading the rest of this book because i want to know how Jonas puts up with this way of living and i want to know what will actually happen next.