The Receiver of Memory

For chai reading this month, everyone in our class had to read a classic. I chose to read The Giver by Lois Lowry. For our assignment, we could choose from one of many projects. I decided to do the project, “Notable Quotables.” We had to take five meaningful quotes from the book we read, and we had to summarize them.

Here are the quotes that I used:

1. “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

This quote was said by the Giver when he was talking to Jonas. Jonas was worried about all of the pain in becoming the Receiver, instead of looking on the bright side about being wise and learning about the past.

2. “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain or past.”

          This quote in the book was describing the lives of everyone in the community before Jonas was going to leave for his journey. Nobody could see color, nobody knew about the past, and nobody knew about pain. Everyone lived happy lives thinking that the time they were living in, was the only time in the world.

3. “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.”

This quote is the last line in the book. It is describing people celebrating the holiday, Christmas. The Giver described Christmas to Jonas, and Jonas was able to recognize the memory.

4. “’Jonas has not been assigned,’ she informed the crowd, and his heart sank. Then she went on, ‘Jonas has been selected.’”

This quote is from the “Ceremony of Twelves.” Everyone thought that the announcer skipped Jonas’ assigned job, but she waited until the end. She did this because Jonas wasn’t assigned a specific job; he was “selected” for an important one.

5. “The apple had changed. Just for an instant. It had changed in mid-air, he remembered.”

Jonas was one of the only characters in the story who could see color. This is when Jonas’ eyes first started detecting color, the color red. At this time, all Jonas could see was black, white, and red.

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