Title Card: All memories of the past were erased.
Chief Elder: When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.
Jonas: I had learned that knowing what something is, is not the same as knowing how something feels.
The Giver: A dwelling is not a home. A home is more.
The Giver: We are living a life of shadows, of echoes.
The Giver: Just like music, there’s something you can’t see with your eyes…inside you.
Jonas’s voiceover: I got lost. The good kind of lost. I saw science and sounds. I could not have the words to describe. Faces would flash of all different colors. I felt so alive. This was forbidden? I didn’t know what to think to believe. Have faith, The Giver told me. He said that faith, that was seeing beyond. He compared it to the wind. Something felt but not seen.
The Giver: Yes. There’s red, green, blue, many different colors! You’ll see them all in time. But when our people chose, they chose to do without all of them. Color, race, religion; they created sameness. If we were different, we could be envious, angry, resentful. Consumed with hatred. We need sameness. Don’t you think?
Chief Elder: Love is just a passion that can turn. And with turn we have contempt and murder.
The Giver: Of love. With love comes faith with comes hope!
“The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”
“I don’t know what you mean when you say ‘the whole world’ or ‘generations before him.’I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.”
“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”
“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”
“I knew that there had been times in the past-terrible times-when people had destroyed others in haste, in fear, and had brought about their own destruction.”
“What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong?”
“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”
“My instructors in science and technology have taught us about how the brain works. It’s full of electrical impulses. It’s like a computer. If you stimulate one part of the brain with an electrode, it…”
“They know nothing.”