The first chapter of Lois Lowrey’s novel “The Giver” deals with the situation Jonas, the main character, lives in. It begins as Jonas tells something about their non-normal lifestyle. For him it seams to be the same as every day, but when he tells how “frightened” he and all the community members were, when they had seen an aircraft flying above their “community”, it seams really crazy. Also his following story about Asher, a friend, and their strict learning of word using does. All in all it shows that the community includes a really organized life.
The scene Jonas sits with his family to take their evening meal is odd, too. They all speak about their feelings and what occupies them. The things his sister, father and mother tell are almost trifles (Kleinigkeiten), although it helps them to speak about it.
Jonas tells his family that he is apprehensive because of December, which is in the whole chapter indicated. There will be the important “Ceremony of Twelve” which defines his future. Additionally to that the second chapter connects. Lily, Jonas’ sister, has to change her clothes to nightdress, so that Jonas’ parents can talk to their son privately.
In the beginning the reader gets what this “December Ceremonies” are. They are like birthdays, although the ‘parents’ don’t give birth to their own children but take them in one “December Ceremony”. The conversation shows more and more how many structures are in the community –from birth to death everything is controlled. You hear how Jonas’ family got Lily, Jonas’ dad became a “Nurturer” in his “Ceremony of Twelve” and how he works.
Jonas’ parents tell him what and how the ceremony is, what for recognitions they got and that there is no reason to be afraid, although a lot of things are changing because of it.
Generally there are a lot of hints (Hinweise) how many rules the people of the community have to obey and that the consequences can be very cruel.
As own opinion I would say: This is not like a Perfect World.