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CliffsNotes on Lowry's The Giver

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature.

CliffsNotes on The Giver explores a world in which disease, hunger, poverty, war, and lasting pain simply don’t exist. The members of this utopia have given up all human emotions and memories to live in a state of Sameness.

Following the story of a 12-year-old boy who recognizes the hypocrisy of his community’s “social order” – and...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature.

CliffsNotes on The Giver explores a world in which disease, hunger, poverty, war, and lasting pain simply don’t exist. The members of this utopia have given up all human emotions and memories to live in a state of Sameness.

Following the story of a 12-year-old boy who recognizes the hypocrisy of his community’s “social order” – and who crafts a way to free everyone from the bane of Sameness, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each chapter within the novel.  Other features that help you figure out this important work include

  • Personal background on the author, Lois Lowry
  • Introduction to and synopsis of the book
  • Character descriptions
  • Critical essays on the author’s themes, style, language, and more
  • Review section that features interactive questions and suggested essay topics
  • Selected bibliography and list of critical works

Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764585104
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/15/1999
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 337,030
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

SUZANNE PAVLOS taught high school English and reading. She is currently a freelance writer and editor.

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Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Introduction to the Novel.

A Brief Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Critical Commentaries.

Map of Jonas' Community in The Giver.

Critical Essays.

Review Questions and Essay Topics.

Selected Bibliography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    simple but powerful

    I think this book is one of a kind. If I had written this book, I would then quit writing because I know that I could never write another book which would come close to this one. As you read the book, it takes on a mythological, even surealistic feel that makes you realize you are reading a timeless classic. The words are easy enough for junior high students, but probably only older students will appreciate the underlying theme of the story. The plot deals with the age old belief by government planners that they can design a better life for the masses. As this 'better plan' is implemented, an amazing transformation takes place in the life of 12 year old Jason (the main character). The plot twists are unexpected; the last paragraph gives a subtle hint that people truly desire the real world of freedom and danger over a world of safety and conformity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    This book was the best book that I have read and so was her book Number the Stars

    The Giver was an edge-sitting book where every time I was assigned another chapter to read in my literature class, I always read way beyond than I reall should have. This book was an amazing book. Every chapter you read made you want to read the next to find out what happened.

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