The Giver – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

The Giver – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis


Sup playa? This week we in living
color with The Giver by Lois Lowry. 11-year old thug Jonas comin’ up in
a trap dat at first seem pretty legit. Unlike the crooked outside world, or “elsewhere,”
this hood ain’t got no war, disease, hunger, or poverty. Truth is, though, the only reason
peeps keepin’ it so chill is cuz errybody sippin on the philosophy of “sameness,”
which basically mean two things: errybody livin like a bunch of lame-ass drones to keep
sh** peaceful, and a crew of old geezers callin all the shots: who hooks up with who, how
many babies a biddy can pop out. Sh** they even makin you pop pillz dat kill a brutha’s
mojo. Ugh. And when you too old to hack it anymo, you get “released.” We’ll get
to dat later. Now dat Jonas’s finally old enough
to count the hairs on his nuts, dem old folk give him the special job of “Receiver of
Memories,” cuz unlike errybody else in the streets, Jonas got “The Capacity to See
Beyond.” See back when the hood decided to start preachin dat “sameness” jive,
dem old timers took all the world’s memories and dumped em in the mind of just one G: the
“Reciever.” And now the old reciever gonna get
up on his givin grind and pour da memories outta his dome in to Jonas’s. As da Giver packin dem memories in
to Jonas’s backside, Jonas be learnin about all sorts of crazy sh*t he ain’t never known
about- the sun, snow, love, and even war. By the time that Jonas gets a
little taste of what the Giver dealin, J-Dog realize that the memories of the world filled
with too much pain, and not even the hardest hustla can handle em solo without ODing. Jonas
asks The Giver “why cant we all share this pain, yo? Lighten the load, naw mean?” If
we cut it up and share it with all the hood, we can get this sh*t on lock. But the Giver
like ain’t happenin yo. Regular homies don’t want pain. They just wanna keep things as
chill as possible. But Jonas ain’t buyin dat mess. Then one day Jonas learn that
gettin “released” is really just gettin wasted by the man, and his little baby-buddy
Gabriel is next on the hit list. So he say “Man f*** this. I’m out.” Since memories last forever, Jonas gonna get
what he really wants: Cuz once he peaces outta town, erryone’s gonna have to take a hit
of dem painful memories. Even though he want The Giver to come, the G-man like “Nah burh.
I gotta hold it down and make sure nobody loses their sh*t when they experience pain
and loneliness for the first time.” So Jonas grabs baby Gabe and rolls
out to the outside world where things be all sorts of nasty! But he gotta nut up and beast
through it all to keep him and Gabe alive. When the book ends, Jonas and Gabe
cruisin on a sled towards some bright lights in a window. And that’s it. Da hell? First thing you gotz to know is that when
the author was a lil’ thug-ette she was kickin it w peeps crazy bout keepin errybody
in line. A lotta scholars think it made old Lo-Lo wanna spit some raw truth bout what
it’s like livin in a spot where somebody ridin yo nuts 24/7. Having somebody bust yo ass til it’s
raw is gonna do you just like Jonas’s boy Asher got did when he wasn’t talkin right. In a world where the law gets all
up in your shit erry time you bone- up, sometimes better to just throw up the deuce
to all dem haters. But at the beginning of the book, Lowry makin
it seem like Jonas’s hood is the place to be. Fo example, it seem like Jonas’s
daddy is a super righteous dude since he got an ideal family and all he do is take care of
babies all day. Fool’s job title is even “Nurturer” But on the real, there be some shady sh**
goin down under the surface. When the Giver show Jonas a video
of his daddy on the grind, he realize that pops ain’t just about nursin’ babies,
he also kills the ones that ain’t up to snuff. Uh- uhh! When Jonas realize how backwards things in
his hood be, he try to use dem memories to open up erryone else’s
eyes, but ain’t none of his homies can feel him on dat. Like my boy Ivan said in Solzhenitsyn’s
“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”- “How can you expect a man who’s warm to
understand a man who’s cold?” So in a way, Jonas just like dat
biblical gangsta Jonah, who was sent by the big G-man to tell the crooked cats of Nineveh
that they best change their ways. And likewise, Jonas gotta spread dat pain and feeling even
though them duds in the hood don’t want him to. Look, homies always sayin ignorance is bliss, but is it? Well the truth hurts, that’s fo damn sure. But on
the real, a playa can’t experience life without experiencin pain. Naw mean? And on the same note, how you gonna know life
without subscribing, man? Catch me next time playa. Peace.

100 Comments on "The Giver – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis"


  1. Nothing about the black and white world turning to color? That's a pretty important theme.

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  2. This is amazing in everything. Grade A shit. I wonder if you'd mind working "The dice man" my Luke Rhinehart.

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  3. I read this in Grade 7, and to this day, I still believe that the ending of the book is that they both die and the house is just his last happy delusion

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  4. You've GOT to do "FOREVER AMBER" by Kathleen Windsor. Straight up banned, written by a woman, as hardcore as they come. PERFECT for you!

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  5. I don't know if I can show this to my 7th graders Lol! I'm sure it will be ok. They block out most of the cuss words except 1 and the kids cuss more than him, but the grammar oh my! However it is thug notes so what did I expect. This is pretty solid though😁

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  6. no, no, that cant be it…. 😉

    Actually, the consumption side of it is probably a more fruitful angle. …forget the nominal intention, go for the environmental translation.

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  7. Is there anyway you guys can do a Thug note vid on a Philip K. Dick or Neil Gaiman Novel? Which ever one you choose I'm sure it will be great. I really enjoy the content you guys produce. Wisecrack is my favorite youtube channel right now!

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  8. Spelling has meny illlogicel rules that no man can hope to rember
    Tom Soyer
    I most likely spelled it Wong I suck at spelling

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  9. Can you explain the ending a bit more. I got the sense that Jonas was only sharing a memory of a sled and house and not necessarily surviving beyond the wall.

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  10. My first video of this dude. Does this dude really read all these books that he's reviewing? Goddamn

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  11. I remember reading this one back in the day. I thought it was good representation about the masses and how they don't care what kind of regime they live under as long as all of their needs are met. It would explain the Nazi Reign Over Germany and how some people ignored the tragedies in that country.

    It's also a good reflection on The Human Condition: let's face it lots of people could act like nice individuals and could basically go to work everyday killing babies. Some wouldn't care as long as the paycheck is fat. To say the least that always made me wonder about the Dad in the story. How could you be that ignorant and do the things he does without realizing what he's doing? The man's not retarded.

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  12. Great analysis, but there is something wrong about the Jonah comparison

    The citizens of Nineveh openly accepted what Jonah told them, it was Jonah who didn't want to teach to them (which is how he ended up in the whale), he even went so far as to wait and watch for the city to be destroyed by God even tough they accepted God's word

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  13. But Jonas wanted to share the happiness more than splitting the pain of bearing the memories actually it was not even one of his motivations

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  14. You forgot to mention that the reason everybody around Jonas is cool with euthanasia of babies and the elderly is because the "sameness" made them forget what death means.

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  15. I watch these after I do my essays to see if I was right about some things and wrong about others, it's saved me a few times if I am honest. Thank you so much!

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  16. I heard the sled is named Rose Bud like Rose colored glasses
    Rose colored glasses means seeing the world from a happy perspective when things around you are going horrible. Whether the people around you are being treated horribly or you are allowing people to treat you horribly and justify both as I just want to fit in and that is how the world works so might as well enjoy it. This feels good but is really not solving any problems.

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  17. Don't forget the ending of the book is actually Jonas and Gabriel freezing to death. Jonas is hallucinating before dying. Ignore the sellout sequels.

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  18. Man, I enjoyed this book so much in school I couldn't wait for the class and had to read ahead. There is a first for everything.

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  19. he shoulda said something bout rosemary. she iced herself in an attempt to restore memories to the others, but failed. that shit hurt. Also about the part where Giver hints that hes gonna release himself, too.

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  20. I'm starting to realize my perception of a Utopia/dystopia and the desires of people holding the concept itself back came from me reading this book about 15 times in 2nd grade…..

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  21. i've read the entire quartet, the whole world the author creates gets even weirder. like, really really weird. there are a lot of insightful nuggets of truth there because she mixes metaphysical truth with tangible everyday life. it's really confusing but interesting too. take the concept of beyond. reading he giver i appears this is the ability to experience emotion and see in color, yet later, beyond is used as a sort of convergence point to mix different gifts in order to fight the physical manifestation of evil in a forest. it's… really something else.

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  22. I think this is the greatest video I’ve ever watched.
    Can this guy be my new English teacher?

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  23. I don’t know whether u still do this sketch or not. But if u do, u should do a review on the Kite Runner.

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  24. my favorite book of all time explained by my favorite book reviewer of all time.

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  25. I 100% thought he was dying at the end of the book and just falling into his memories for warmth. Like he did earlier in the book.

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  26. I hated this book to the Nth degree! There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of a novel and the author is too weak to give a proper ending… sack up wordsmiths and own your story from beginning to end!!!

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