The theme of a consumer society is also a prevalent aspect of the society. The individual
characters’ happiness is based on their ability to satisfy their needs as well as the society’s
economic prosperity and growth. This is actually one of the driving forces and sources of
motivation among younger adults in today’s world. Moreover, the novel is made up of characters
that focus their attention on avoiding the truth about their personal situations. John insists on
viewing Lenina through Shakespeare’s perspective. Moreover, Mustapha believes that the World
States sets it priorities on happiness while neglecting the truth by design. Being a young man, he
believes that people are at a better place with happiness rather than with truth. Mond believes
that happiness is based on drugs, food, clothes, sex and other consumer items. Unfortunately,
most young adults also base their perception of happiness on these materials.
Lowry’s willingness and ability to tackle such issues in The Giver has made her book one
of the most censored books in school curricula and libraries. In this regard, some parents are
upset and enraged by the book’s description of violence and sexuality. As such, they feel that
their young adult children are unable and unprepared to issues such as suicide and euthanasia.
This aspect is ironic as the citizen is the novel’s character attempt to keep their children safe
from and ignorant of pain, sex, and violence, both psychologically and physically (Latham 139).
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Jonas is an eleven-year- old protagonist in the novel. He is an intelligent and strange
young man with unique powers of perception that he fails to understand. When he turns twelve,
he is selected as the new Receiver of Memory in the community. Even as a young adult, he is
thoughtful and explains his concern for his family and friends (Roozeboom 3). As such, he
believes that it is nice to be close to others. As a young man, Jonas seems to know the value of
friendship and relationships. After the beginning of his training, he becomes aware of beautiful
colors and strong emotions that make him passionate about his world. Regardless, he remains to
be a thoughtful and level-headed young man.
Lily is Jonas’ seven-year- old sister. She is described as a talker who is unable to keep
silent. However, even at a young age, she is excessively practical and well-informed for her age.
Additionally, Asher is Jonas’ best friend who speaks too fast. He is also a fun-loving, hasty
bright young man who is named as the position of Assistant Director of Recreation. Fiona is also
Jonas’ friend who works as Caretaker of the old. She is characterized as a patient and mild-
mannered lady (Latham 7). The author, therefore, uses young adults extensively in the
development of his novel.
All the characters in the novel seem organized and responsible. They are tasked with
various tasks that make them the heroes in the novel (Hintz 263). Regardless, they take up their
responsibilities with bravely which is outstanding for young adults. Jonas was not informed of
the truth regarding his community until he begins his training. Later, he views a video of a father
killing a newborn twin. Consequently, his entire world collapses. After knowing the truth about
his community’s secrets, Jonas is courageous enough to face his mother and father again.
He is surprised that the community he had believed to be perfect was indeed full of
monsters. The Giver explains to him that the citizens don’t know any better “Listen to me, Jonas.
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They can’t help it. They know nothing” (Lowry 104). In turn, Jonas decides to do everything in
his power to help the people return their memories when he says “I think they can and that they
will acquire some wisdom” (Lowry 106). Jonas portrays courage and determination through
resourcefulness. He maintains a calm nature and bravery throughout the journey to save Gabriel.
In the entire novel, Jonas displays numerous heroic traits regardless of the fact that he is a young
man. He is brave, determined and resourceful. If he hadn’t been strong, both he and Gabriel
would have died. As such, he is portrayed as a protagonist in the novel due to his heroic traits.
This is regardless of the fact that he is a relatively young man in the novel.
In both novels, the young characters take up a brave role in bringing change in the
society. More specifically, Jonas in defies societal norms and practices without the fear of being
cast out from society (Davis 14). In The Giver, Jonas faces his father and mother after learning
about his community’s practices during training. Both novels illustrate the character's bravery as
they showcase the many issues that young adults face in a bid to fit in society. Moreover, The
Brave New World illustrates the theme of sexuality and morality while The Giver showcases the
importance of individuality which is a common topic among the youth. As such, the authors use
themes and characters that relate to young people and eventually show how they are able to rise
against societal limitations and norms to become protagonists in the stories.