The society that is completely “Controlled”

How would you feel if things that you trust is all fake? How about others were controlling what you see, hear and think? I believe that theme of this book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is about break limitation in controlled society that does not have freedom of individuals. Because they wanted individuals to be all same this will make them easier to control people.

Firstly, Jonas learns about the events when he became ‘The Giver’ that happen on past and notice that things that he believed from before was fake. Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” (95, Lowry) Jonas realize this then try to spread through. Because he thought it was right to do.

Also Jonas wants to tell others about this fact that they are just living in a small world that government created. “Sometimes I wish they’d ask for my wisdom more often-there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don’t want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It’s what they’ve chosen.” (103) Others didn’t know about everything. And Jonas really wanted others can be free as he does after learning memories from ‘The Giver’

In conclusion, I felt that this book’s theme is all about personality of each individual. But also I felt that fact, every individual have to be similar to others in the book was reflecting our Korean society too. We as a student could not express our own personality because we are forced to be similar to others. So I felt this book was more interesting than other books that I read before. So I thought that the theme is highlighting the freedom and importance of each individual’s identity.

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Interview of Janos

I used fake chat because it can show the dialogue from book friendly. So that the viewers can understand the conflict in the book the giver better. So conflict in the book “The Giver” is that the world which is different from the world we live, tries to control what the peoples see and hear about their community. The whole world was mono, without the color. And the conflict that the main character, when he became the, he realized the truth of everything that he was seeing was just a community that is control by the government. “It’s the way they live. It’s the life that was created for them. It’s the same life that you would have, if you had not been chosen as my successor.” (153, Lowery) Also every aspect of one’s life such as one’s spouse, children, and job is decided by the Committee of Elders. Because all choices regarding an individual are so carefully thought out and decided, Jonas finds it hard to believe that anyone would want to be released from the community. “How could someone not fit in? The community was so meticulously ordered, the choices so carefully made.” (48)

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Perspective of China in 1900 about Boxer Rebellion

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Free falling

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Evolution to change the society

In the book “Red Queen”, the main conflict of the book is color of blood whether it is silver or red. “This was the shadow controlling the flame.” (74) “Revolution needs a spark…And even sparks burn.” (191) In the book, the main character, Mare tries the revolution to change the society that silvers are controlling the government and reds.  “Cal betrayed me, and I betrayed him. And you betrayed us both … I choose no one.” (352) So the main conflict of this book this is the revolution that Mare the main character involved. Many small events happen within the revolution and one of the event is the Cal, who became a friend with Mare, betrayed Mare in the book.

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Not by the color of your skin, but color of your blood

There are many social problems around the world but one of the issues around the world that stayed for a long time is racism. Many people try hard to adjust fixed mind in many ways. Like racism, In the book “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard, people fight for their human rights from discrimination. So the main theme of this book is about change.


Firstly, the main theme of this book is discrimination “…officials are silver, and Slivers have nothing to fear from us Reds. “(Aveyard, 14) “Only Slivers can fight in the arenas because only a Sliver can survive in arena. “(16) In the book Red Queen’s world there is two kinds of people. And everything like where they life and what they do is different by the color of their blood; sliver and red. Their jobs, the place they live, is completely different by their blood color. In this book, the writer also included parts that two different lives because of discrimination in their own society.


And in the book, because of discrimination, evolution happens. Then This is a big reason that I thought this book was about change. Like the history of our life, people try things to change wrong things that shouldn’t happen. And in the book, the main character tries to resist to slivers. In this conflict, I felt the writer tried to reflect our society. Setting that there is discrimination about red and sliver blood interest reader about the book.


Mare’s world is one divided by blood. The silver blooded are the noble, they have strong power to controls reds. The red-blooded are poor, with no abilities at all, living under the silvers’ reign of injustice. So I felt this was very similar to our society. Not just racism but every discrimination that exists in the world was in this book. I think this book interests by the theme like a change in the society which was similar to our world.

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PEOPLE Magazine- Egeus; Selfish Dad

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Two Month Journey of Sal

This book is about the girl named Sal, travels two months to meet her mother. While traveling, Sal tells the story that happen to her before. Before she start traveling, she was just an ordinary girl living in Kentucky, and a girl who was unable to be happy when her mother left her. She started travel to meet her mom in Idaho. “I have lived most of my thirteen years in Bybanks, Kentucky, which is not much more than a caboodle of houses roosting in a green spot alongside the Ohio River” (Cheech, 1) Then Sal starts to travel 2000 miles. However, before they move to Kentucky, Sal had to move to Ohio because her dad decided to leave house in Kentucky. “…and we drove three hundred miles straight north and stopped in front of a house in Euclid, Ohio. (1)” She changes during the migrate. She gets independent mind with peoples around her. So this two month journey would be a big turning point to Sal.

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Leonardo Da Vinci during the Renaissance

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Meaning of mother to Sal

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.” In the book I read, there is this quotes. This quote shows the meaning of the book. And understanding the theme of this book. But however in the book “Walk Two Moon” from Sharon Creech, related to the mysterious title, also there are two major conflict in this story.


Firstly, in the book ‘Walk Two Moons’ there is a main character vs itself conflict. From the beginning of the book, main character Sal’s mother leave Sal and her father because she was thinking of divorce with Sal’s father. She wanted to spend time alone so she left her home. “On night that we got a bad news-that she(mother) was not returning” (Creech,3) However, because of this, Sal thought her mother left because of her.  “Gram and Gramps knew that I wanted to see Momma, but that I was afraid to.” (5) And Sal was afraid to see her mother again.


Also there was conflict with Sal, the main character, and death of her families. “I was with your mother and held her hand in her last moments.” (257) Almost in the end, when Sal is able to be happy without her mother, her mother dies because of the accident. And her grandfather, Gram also dies because he was too old. So within short period, Sal lost two of her family. Especially mom’s death would be most effective in this conflict.


Conflict in this book helps to understand the title and theme of this book. Sal travels two months to see her mother. By traveling two-month journey, Sal changes by being more independent from person around. I felt that author showed that Sal was changing with the way she tries to solve the conflict on beginning and in the end. So I thought there are two major conflict in this book and conflict is doing important part of this book.



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