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Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry

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Perspective and Narrator

The Giver is told from the third-person limited point of view, specifically focused on the perspective of 12-year-old Jonas. Readers see events in this dystopian society entirely through his eyes. Both the tone and mood of the novel subtly darken as Jonas's understanding of the truth regarding the people and community around him evolves.


The Giver is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The Giver is a key Elder in the novel's dystopian society, the individual who is charged with retaining all of society's memories, back through the generations. By doing so, he relieves everyone else of the responsibility and pain that memories often bring with them. Called the Receiver of Memory when he first takes on this role, the Elder is also responsible for passing on, or "giving," those memories to the person selected to take his place. In this story, the new Receiver of Memory is a boy named Jonas. Once he begins his training, the new Elder assumes the title of The Giver.


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