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8th-Mar-2006 04:11 pm
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So I decided to get this community going. I know some of you haven't read the books in awhile but that's okay. Give it a try.

Why do you think the color red is so heavily emphasized in The Giver? It's one of the first colors that Jonas sees and the only one he knows for awhile. Do you think there is a reason why she would pick that color above any other one? Red is a pretty powerful color in some situations. Any thoughts you might have or general discussion.

Some of the red colored objects he saw were people's faces, an apple, a sled, and Fiona's hair? 

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12th-Mar-2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
i think she chose red because it stands out the most. i hate to use this example but: if a cop sees two speeders one in a red car and one in a white... the red one stands out more so he goes for that one type of thing.

to me it makes sense that red would be the first color he sees.
16th-Mar-2006 06:49 am (UTC)
(Sorry for the late reply)

I agree, red is possibly the one color that will always stand out. I was thinking of Schindlers list when I wrote this. It's the only color they ever showed in the film.

As you said in the below comment red was the first color he saw and the others came later.
12th-Mar-2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
I agree with secondstar. Red is a very vibrant, noticeable, and lively color.

It is also a primary color (did it say what the second and third colors he saw were? It's been awhile since I've read the book) and a very common color.
16th-Mar-2006 03:57 am (UTC)
i think the other colors just started to show up.. i don't remember though! after i am done reading gathering blue and messenger i am going to reread the giver :o)
16th-Mar-2006 06:51 am (UTC)
I think the second color he saw was green but I don't have the book with me right now. I'll have to look it up. But that would be interesting if the first colors he saw were primary colors.
24th-Apr-2006 11:28 am (UTC)
The color red is used a TON as symbolism...especially in movies, such as Schindler's List (as *unlucky* mentioned), American Beauty, The Sixth Sense, and Chocolat. It is a very noticable color and is often associated with lust (as in the book, The Scarlet Letter), rage, blood, joy (I think that's more frequent in Japanese culture than American), and beauty. Apples themselves also hold a ton of symbolism.

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