Thursday, March 3, 2011

Summary --> Chapter One

In this chapter you get to know the protagonist "Jonas" and find out in what world he lives with his family.
In the beginning Jonas THINKS that he is frightened because what he feels there reminds him of an event a year earlier. Later another word comes to his mind which describes his feeling better. Jonas feels apprehensive, because it's almost December and there will be "The Ceremony of Twelve" which every adult has been through. Jonas lives in a community in a no name area which is really anonymous. There are strict rules and any violations will be punished. The worst form of punishment is being released from the community. There exist only family units that means every family consists of two children - one male, one female - a father and a mother. In Jonas' case: his father is a Nurturer (to nurture new children), his mother holds a prominent position at the Department of Justice and his little sister Lily is a Seven (seven years old group). But this is only one of the rules. Another rule is more an evening ritual. The whole family unit sits together after their evening meal and every member has to tell his or her feelings during the day. This should help them to feel better. (They could comfort each other or explain the younger children how they should avoid with situations etc.) In the end of the chapter Jonas' parents want to speak with him privately about what will happen in this special Ceremony.

Already here you can see that the story "The Giver" is an utopian story. In the first chapter are many examples for an utopian behaviour, world etc.


  1. Hey Laura,
    i think this summary is very good, you mentioned all important facts and not to much.
    I like it :)

  2. Laura, I think you covered many good ideas in this summary. I like the capitalization of THINKS and it gets clear at the end why you used this device. A family "unit" sounds like a unit in a grammar book or something - how do you feel about Lowry using this term to describe the family?

  3. First of all thank you for your comment. I think it's a little bit confusing to describe a family with the word "unit". A family is much more than a chapter or something like this. You spend the most time with your family (usually) and I would say that it's sad if you don't really approve it. But I think that the author wants to make clear how Jonas' world works and in this case it's the right word. But actually for me it's wrong.