eleven-year-old protagonist of The Giver.
intelligent, with strange powers of perception that he doesn’t understand,
Jonas is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memory for his community
when he turns twelve. Even before his training, Jonas is unusually thoughtful,
expresses great concern for his friends and family, and thinks it
would be nice to be closer to other people. After his training begins,
Jonas’s universe widens dramatically. His new awareness of strong emotions,
beautiful colors, and great suffering makes him extremely passionate
about the world around him and the welfare of the people he loves,
though on the whole he remains level-headed and thoughtful.
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old man known in the community as the Receiver of Memory. The Giver
has held the community’s collective memory for many years and uses
his wisdom to help the Committee of Elders make important decisions,
even though he is racked by the pain his memories give him and believes
that perhaps those memories belong in the minds of everyone in the community.
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- A mild-mannered, tenderhearted Nurturer who works
with infants. He is very sweet with his two children. He enjoys
his job and takes it very seriously, constantly trying to nurture
children who will stay alive until the Ceremony of Names. However,
even if he is attached to a child, he will release it if that seems
to be the best decision. He has an affectionate, playful relationship
with his two children, usually referring to them by silly nicknames,
and he likes playing childish games with the children he nurtures.
practical, pleasant woman with an important position at the Department
of Justice. Jonas’s mother takes her work seriously, hoping to help
people who break rules see the error of their ways. She frequently gives
Jonas advice about the worries and fears he faces as he grows up.
seven-year-old sister. She is a chatterbox and does not know quite
when to keep her mouth shut, but she is also extremely practical
and well-informed for a little girl.
newchild that Jonas’s family cares for at night. He is sweet and
adorable during the day, but has trouble sleeping at night unless
Jonas puts him to sleep with some memories. He and Jonas become
best friend. Asher is a fun-loving, hasty boy who usually speaks
too fast, mixing up his words to the exasperation of his teachers
and Jonas. He is assigned the position of Assistant Director of
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of Jonas’s friends. She has red hair, which only Jonas can see,
and works as a Caretaker in the House of the Old. She is mild-mannered
and patient. Jonas’s first sexual stirrings come in the form of
an erotic dream about Fiona.
woman living in the House of the Old. Jonas shares pleasant conversation
with her while he gives her a bath during his volunteer hours. Like
many inhabitants of the House of the Old, she enjoys gossip and
looks forward to her release.
The Chief Elder
- The elected leader of Jonas’s community. She to shows
genuine affection for all of the children at the Ceremony of Twelve,
knowing of their names and an anecdote about each one.