I have to say that I love this book and all the deep interpretations that we can give to it. Not only to what the author explains but to what she implies without saying any explicit words.
What makes us individuals? Or why is individualism a threat to the government and to mind control? In a world where birthdays do not exist, where you cannot make your own decisions, where you are watched and controlled for the sake of stability and utopia. Is this living? is this life? To protect everybody from all the struggles of life will never work out. They protect the people from making mistakes. They don’t have the option to choose, everything is given and they do not know better.
What is oppression? If you do not know what you are missing… is that still oppression? Living in ignorance is that safe or just blindness? In this book, Lowry shows how the government controls society to the very core of it. Sex, carriers, climate, dangers, dreams, and lies, all is under their control. They are in power, the people only exist but they do not live. The allusions and archetypes used in “The Giver” are just amazing. How the first thing that Jonas starts to see is the apple, the red apple. The original sin, the knowledge… a complete biblical allusion and the foreshadowing of the destruction of this “paradise”. The fact that they see it all in black and white is another symbol of how they are lost and are unable to see the world as it is.
The way Lowry depicts Jonas and the Giver as rebels flew me away, and rebels are usually the ones who think, know, and the ones who can see a different future and hope for the best for the people.
Regarding the characters, we see the archetype of the hero, Jonas, and the archetype of the journey. He goes from a process of stating to knowing and realizing. We embark on a journey of self-discovery to save his brother and the people in town, and he reaches the point of boing back fast to where he knows he will be safe and he accomplishes his motion to save the town. The Giver is just the wise old man, the one that helps the hero on his journey, the universal symbol of knowledge and wisdom. He is even surrounded by books, and books have always been a danger for totalitarian governments.
I totally recommend this book, for everybody from kids to adults. It is such a good text for a mythological approach. These kinds of books are the ones that make you think and the ones that try to make a difference. Perfection does not exist, and humans should never aim toward that. This reading is worth the time to read it as many times as possible.
Check also the audiobook. The performance is just superb!!
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