Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Giver/The Truman Show/Safety

Christoff states that "Sea Haven is the way the world SHOULD be," and that the world Sylvia and the rest of the viewers live in is the one that is sick. Do you agree with his statement? How does this statement apply to The Giver?

The Giver/The Truman Show/Privacy

Christof is the name of the man who created The Truman Show and controls what happens to Truman. When he is being interviewed for a news program, the reporter thanks him for speaking to them because, "We all know how jealously you regard your privacy." What is ironic about that statement? Reminder: Irony is the opposite of what you would expect to happen.

The Giver/The Truman Show/Reality

Christoff says, "We accept the reality of the world in which it's presented to us." This means how do ANY of us know OUR world is reality? Have there been times in your lives that your perception of reality was changed?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Giver/The Truman Show/Characters

Compare Jonas and Truman. How are they alike? Not just the communities they live in, but also their feelings and actions in the stories.

The Giver/The Truman Show/Their Worlds

What have you noticed that is similar in Truman's world and Jonas's world? What do they have in common so far?

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Giver/Chs. 19-23/Theme

I explained to you earlier in the year that often we can learn a story's theme by paying attention to what the main character has learned by the end of the novel. At one point while on the run, Jonas thinks to himself that he should not have left his safe community, but then comes to another realization. What is it that he learns about life? And how can that lesson be transferred into OUR lives? Do you feel Jonas made the right decision to leave?

The Giver/Chs. 19-23/Ending

The ending of The Giver is left open to interpretation by the reader. It can be read in two ways: either Jonas and Gabriel have finally arrived at a populous section of Elsewhere-a place that holds on to the traditions that existed before Sameness, where they will be welcomed and loved-or they are both freezing to death, and in their delusions they imagine details from some of Jonas's stored memories. Which do you think has happened and Why?