Jonah lives in a society of contentment. Emotions are a thing of the past and words like love, and emotions like tears do not exist. Memories of the past do not exist.
When Jonah reaches the age of 16 he and his classmates now graduate and receive their positions in society – not like the sorting hat in Harry Potter (darn!) ( a little like what happens in Divergent except in The Giver they do not have a say as to where they will wind up). Jonah is given the rare position of the Receiver, a highly regarded position only held by one person at a time and he becomes the holder of all the memories.
When Jonah experiences for the first time feelings and emotion and memories of what the past was like with happiness and love and dancing he is confused. Why would this ever be blocked? As the Receiver, we is having the memories passed to him by (you guessed it…) The Giver.
The more Jonah sees what is missing from life the more dissatisfied he becomes with the ways things are. He learns there is a boundary that surrounds the community that keeps everyone form their memories. If Jonah can just get beyond the boundary with the memories he can release them back to everyone. Of course, the powers that be do not want that to happen and will do everything they can to make sure it doesn’t.
I read the book, The Giver, for banned book week in 2012. I enjoyed the book and I enjoyed the movie. Its a scary scenario to think of a society that represses all memories and emotions for the sale of feeling well…
Sorry but if pain is the price to pay to also feel happiness…
then I will take the pain.
Definitely worth seeing.