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Friday, October 5, 2012


Author's Note: In this piece I demonstrating my knowledge of conflict/resolution on the reader's rubric by showing the main conflict in a book I have read recently called The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Jonas lives in a different world.  A colorless world that knows no choice, no ability to do as one pleases, no knowledge of life outside this world in which he lives.  It isn’t a bad thing, necessarily, it’s what he is used to.  No one knows the of the outside world except for one person: The Giver.  Unexpectedly, Jonas has been chosen to be the next “receiver” in which his job is to receive all of the memories the wise giver holds of the outside world, memories both good and bad.  With receiving these memories, Jonas learns just how cruel his world is and he knows he must inform the others of the alternative lifestyle much more free and accepting than theirs is now.    There is only one way to do this.  Jonas must escape to the outside world. 

The main conflict in this story is a person vs. self conflict in which Jonas battles his feelings of better judgment in which he had been raised up on or the desperate need to share his torturous memories of just how chaotic his town had become to the people.  The resolution to this is conflict is when Jonas goes with his gut yet the constant persuasion by the Giver didn’t hurt.  He escapes on only a bicycle, traveling miles on end in hope of making it to the new world.  How he will learn to survive all by himself, he’s not sure, but he knows once he crosses the line all his memories will be transferred to the people of his home.  Memories they need to know. 

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