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Analyzing The Giver
Name ___________________________________________
1. Think about what each of the following might symbolize in The Giver. Remember,
an item can symbolize more than one thing or idea.
Item
What does it symbolize?
the color red
the apple
the sled
light eyes
the river
Gabriel
December
2. Think about each of the following names of characters in The Giver . Consider
people in the bible with the same (or very similar) names. Do you think the author
intended to make biblical connections with these character names? Describe a
possible connection.
The Giver
Character
Jonas
Gabriel
Bible
Character
Connection
Analyzing The Giver
Name KEY
1. Think about what each of the following might symbolize in The Giver. Remember,
an item can symbolize more than one thing or idea.
Item
What does it symbolize?
passion
the color red
love
choice
sin (Adam & Eve ate the apple)
the apple
choice (Jonas chose to “sin” when he stole the apple)
variety
travelling/journey (could be real or spiritual)
the sled
freedom
danger
special powers/abilities
light eyes
uniqueness
depth
boundaries
the river
escape
death
innocence
Gabriel
change
acceptance
December
new beginnings (birth)
2. Think about each of the following names of characters in The Giver . Consider
people in the bible with the same (or very similar) names. Do you think the author
intended to make biblical connections with these character names? Describe a
possible connection.
The Giver
Bible
Character
Character
Connection
Jonah is trapped in the whale; Jonas is trapped in the
Jonah
community; both are scapegoats
Jonas bears the pain for the community in the form
Jonas
Jesus
of receiving and keeping memories; Jesus died for
the sins of others
Joseph
Joseph assumes responsibility for a child that he has
no relation to (Jesus); Jonas does the same for Gabe
Brings about change; angel Gabriel receives
Gabriel
Angel Gabriel message from God, baby Gabe receives memories
from Jonas
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