Bbps Noida Assignments In The Giver

Asher is assigned to be Assistant Director of Recreation.

In the community, each child is given a job for life at the Ceremony of Twelve when they turn twelve years old.  Jonas is concerned about his friend Asher, who mixes his words up and can be immature.

"I worry a little about Asher's Assignment," Jonas confessed. "Asher's such fun. But he doesn't really have any serious interests. He makes a game out of everything." (ch 2, p. 17)

Jonas’s parents assure him that good-natured Asher will surely get the right assignment, because all children are carefully watched and evaluated by the elders before their assignments are doled out.

Jonas is concerned for Asher because he does not ever seem to get anything done.  He even sometimes avoids Asher during volunteer work because “Asher frequently fooled around and made serious work a little difficult” (ch 4, p. 26).

When Asher is chosen Assistant Director of Recreation, it means that he will be in charge of developing games and playing.  Jonas thinks the assignment is perfect, because it is what Asher does naturally.

When Jonas is selected Receiver of Memory, he notices a change in Asher.  His parents warned him that he and his friends would drift apart as they each began their training, but with Asher Jonas had not thought it possible.  He realized that Asher was giving him space, because of the unusual job of Receiver.

Jonas soon learns things about the world that no one else in the community knows, except The Giver.  When he sees Asher playing war games, it disturbs him deeply because he now knows what war really is.  He tries to tell Asher to stop, but it only offends his old friend.

"I'm the one who's training for Assistant Recreation Director," Asher pointed out angrily. "Games aren't your area of expertness." (ch 17, p. 134)

Asher is annoyed that Jonas is encroaching on his job.  Jonas tries to explain, but Asher does not listen.  Asher apologizes for not giving Jonas the respect he deserves, but that makes Jonas feel even worse.  He realizes that Asher does not and cannot understand.  The gulf between them has widened, and they have gone their separate ways.

Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

Assignments are "secret selections" made by the Committee of Elders in order to determine what individuals will do in their lives. 

In order to make their selections, the Elders first carefully observe the individuals under consideration. Some of the observations of the children are made at school; additional observations are made of the children as they participate in their respective volunteer groups. Following the completion of their observations, the Elders meet extensively with all the...

Assignments are "secret selections" made by the Committee of Elders in order to determine what individuals will do in their lives. 

In order to make their selections, the Elders first carefully observe the individuals under consideration. Some of the observations of the children are made at school; additional observations are made of the children as they participate in their respective volunteer groups. Following the completion of their observations, the Elders meet extensively with all the instructors of each individual under consideration. Then, after the assignments have been decided, the ceremonies are held. 

The ceremonies differ for each age group. The Ceremony of One, for instance, assigns the "newchildren" to family units. These "newchildren" are given names to use instead of the numbers that they have been assigned since birth. The last ceremony, the Ceremony of Twelve, is the most important ceremony because those individuals who are Twelves are assigned a career. Thus they are placed on the path that will determine the rest of their lives.

In Chapter 2 of The Giver, the approaching Ceremony of Twelve causes Jonas some anxiety. His father tries to reassure him by saying,

"There are very rarely disappointments, Jonas. I don't think you need to worry...."

Also, his mother informs Jonas,

"After the Ceremony of Twelve, you'll be with your Assignment group, with those in training. No more volunteer hours. No more recreation hours. So your friends will no longer be as close."

Although Jonas is somewhat reassured by his parents, he does not have any idea of what his Assignment will be or how he might react to it.

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