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In The Giver Jonas is being told many memories that are happy and sad from the Giver. If I was the Giver I would first give away the memory of memory of war. In this memory, a boy rode a gleaming brown horse across a field that smelled of damp grass. This was also a memory of pain and loneliness. In this memory there was lots of blood and horse riding, and it was very sad.
I would give this memory away first because it is a very sad memory, and I would want to give away all of the bad memories first. I would want to give the bad ones away first because after you go through your little stage of sadness hearing all of these sad memories you could hear all of the happy and joyful memories at the end to cheer you back up! This is my opinion of how memories should be told, what memory would you tell first?
Chocolate pralines (photo by Jinger)
In The Giver, which is a community that is all the same, Jonas gets selected Reciever of Memory. He finally gets to experience a difference. He finally gets to experience some real feelings like love, pain, happiness, sadness, and anger. He has happy memories sad memories, painful memories, loving memories and much more. In my blog post I will discuss what memory I would give away if I could give away memories like Jonas can.
I would give away a happy memory because I want be able to experience what a happy memory would feel like. A happy memory in my life would be when my family traveled to Georgia, Savannah for the first time. We went downtown to and looked at all the shops. My favorite candy store ever is located there. They have pralines which I ate for the first time. Pralines are made out of hot carmel and sugar syrup usually shaped in the form of a cookie! There was more to Savannah then eating candy though, I bought a lot of cute clothes from the shopping stores downtown. We also visited some historical places and I learned about the history of pralines! The most important part about all of this is that I got to spend time with my family and do lots of activities with them and that is a very happy memory.
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In the book, “The Giver,” Jonas becomes the new Reciever of Memory. The Giver (the previous Reciever of Memory) gives Jonas memories that only he himself can hold. In the book, the first memory given to Jonas is snow and sledding. I think it would be fun for that to be the first memory but what I’m about to say is a good way to start.
The first memory I might give away is the feeling of excitement on my first slide in preschool. I might give this away because it would give a good start to the person I was giving the memory to. Or the accomplishment of my first step I ever took because it gives the person a beginning. I might give the anxiety of the beginning of a race, or the memory of a beautiful sunrise across the ocean, which gives you the feeling that it’s the beginning of the day. All these memories symbolize a feeling, and the start to something. I wouldn’t give away war first because that would scare the person and get them off to a really bad start.
The first memory that I would give away would be a happy memory. It would probably be of a person at the beach. I chose a person at the beach because this is a happy memory and also a calm memory. In the memory there would be an umbrella and the person would be sitting under it. There would also be the ocean blue and wavy. The sun would be blocked out because of the umbrella but you would have a general idea of where it would be. The last thing that I would have in my memory would a few parasailing people in the background on the water.
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In The Giver the first memory given to Jonas was snow. If I were to give a first memory to someone it would be vacation. I would do this so their first memory would be a good one! The memory would start with flying in a plane to reach the destination. I wold make the destination be Hawaii! The vacation would be for a week and it would be filled with family fun and activities. One memorable activity would be snorkeling. Another reason why I would give this memory away first is to let the Receiver in training experience an environment much different from the environment he or she lives in!
If I were the Giver and I were to train Jonas, the first memory I would give away would be the memory of my last trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. This would be the first memory I would give away because it is probably my favorite memory. I would want to start Jonas off with an awesome and a very fun memory even though I wouldn’t be able to have it anymore. I wouldn’t care that I wouldn’t have it anymore because I have been to Universal (and other theme parks) many times. Also, I will go to these places again and I will go to theme parks I have never been to. I would simply want to ease Jonas into the process by starting him off with something very fun.
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In Language Arts class, we are reading a book called The Giver. The main character in this book is named Jonas. He lives in a community (that I am guessing is in the future) and the community has gone to “sameness.” This is where there are no feelings or harmful things and no temperature or weather, etc. There is even no color and the people are assigned jobs. Jonas is assigned the role as Receiver of Memories so that the rest of his community does not have to bear the memories of life outside their own and of the world and their community, and back, and back, and back. He is being trained by the Giver who gives him the memories.
If I were the Giver, the first memory I would give, to let the new receiver understand, would be of family. This would be because it would give the receiver a chance to know that there were many ways of living a long time ago, and people lived differently by ways other than the ways of the community. It would give a good start to what the Receiver would be receiving, and it would give me a place to begin to explain. Plus, family is happy memories and it would be good to not start out with an intense, or painful memory.
I would give away the memory of color because every thing else would seem so dull because it wouldn’t be bright and colorful. You could see the colors starting from green and blue because that would be the color of the ground and sky and you could see the two basic colors. Then you would slowly progress to being ale to see red, yellow, purple, and different shades, etc. That would make life more bright and colorful.
In class, we are still currently reading “The Giver”. The Giver is an aged man who has burdened with the memories of the world and previous generations, before there was Sameness and Climate Control. The Giver has a successor, the Receiver, who has to accept the memories of joy and grief.
If I were the Giver, the first memory I would give is the memory of the Olympics. This would teach the successor about the diversity there once was. It would show him or her that differences is okay, and that he or she should not be afraid or ashamed of them. It would also give him or her the experience of pride, excitement, prejudice, and joy. The scene would be during the opening ceremony, when all the athletes representing their countries proudly walk in the procession. It would show all the faces and traditional dress of each nationality, you would be able to hear music and the announcer saying the name of each country. This would teach the Receiver to appreciate each person’s culture and talent (which in this case would be the different kinds of sports).
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The first memory I would give away would be swimming, starting from the moment when you dive into the water and feel the sudden cool sensation. Or the moment when you look up underwater, you’d see the sight of the water above you which looks really cool, but the in the memory you’d be holding your nose so that there will be no pain in the wonderful memory (it hurts slightly for a minute if a lot of water go in your nose). Anyone would love to make themselves happy on a hot summer day just by jumping into what it would seem like heaven. Just keep swimming and don’t care about what’s going on up there!