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Lorenzo Rega

  • 6th Hour

In the first part of the story Sonby Lois Lowry, the setting takes place in a community in a future not really far from us, but with a reality completely different. For example in this community there aren’t colors, everything is in black and white and the climate doesn't change, it always looks cloudy. Everything is organized in a certain way, almost like a dictatorship. In fact, at the age of twelve, kids are assigned a job and they must transfer from their home to the building that that is made for the job they got. For example there is the Birthmothers' dormitory, a building where birthmothers (girls who produce babies) live, the Nurturing Center, where newborns pass their first year of life, and the Hatchery Center where our protagonist works as a Hatchery assistant.

In the second part of the story the setting moves into a small village near cliffs. This place is actually similar to our world. There are colors, the climate changes and people are freer. They can choose their job, where they want to live and when they want to start working.

The last part of the book develops into another village that was founded by Jonas. This village is very peaceful and has everything a man needs, people, here almost don’t know what evil is. In this village, live people that didn’t like the place where they lived before.

  • This is a picture of Claire’s communitybecause it is all in black and white.

Claire is the protagonist of the story. She is a dynamic and a major character. She is a fourteen year old girl who is assigned the job of a birthmother, a woman who produces children. At first we don’t know the color of her eyes and hair because the community where she comes from doesn’t have colors, it is all in black and white, but when she moves to the other village we figure out that she has blond hair, blue eyes, and a really light skin; that is a reason of why they call her Water Claire. She is really nice to everyone, even if she doesn’t like to talk a lot because she is shy. Claire is only fourteen, but she is a really wise person.

This is a picture of Claire because she has blond hair and blue eyes

  • Jonas’ father is a minor and static character. He is tall and skinny. He works as a Nurturer, his job is to take care of babies. He is kind and loves his family. The first time he meets Claire, he helps her with the babies at the hospital. After a while a friendship is established between the two.
  • This is a picture of Jonas’ father because he is tall, skinny and he is surrounded by kids.
  • Gabriel (also known as Gabe) is Claire’s son. He is a major and round character. When Claire finds him he is now a healthy, handsome fifteen-year-old guy. He has blond hair and blue eyes just like his mother. He is nice to every one and has a lot of friends. Gabe has a special ability and he calls it veering, which is to understand someone else's perspective.
  • This is a picture of Gabe because he is blond and has blue eyes
  • Jonas is the leader of the community that he has founded. He is a really wise person and that’s one of the main reasons of why he is so respected and honored. He is a minor and a round character. He has black hair and pale eyes. As Gabriel has the ability to veer, Jonas has the ability to see beyond, which is to see things that happen in other places.He is married with Kira and has two daughters.
  • This is a picture of Jonas because this guy has black hair and pale eyes.
  • Trademaster is the main antagonist of the story. He is a major and round character. He is narrow shadowed and thin, with a swallow complexion and neatly trimmed dark hair. He is always dressed very elegantly. Trademaster is really mean and he’s called so because he always wants to make trades to rune other people. He has special powers that allow him to take someone’s else character, honor or even youth.
  • This is a picture of the Trademaster because this person has dark hair, and he’s dressed really elegantly.

Rising Action- The series of conflicts and crisis that lead to the climax

  • Claire is assigned the job of a Birthmother at the age of twelve
  • Claire is pregnant
  • She gives birth to her first child, but something goes wrong and it is delivered by Caesarean. Due to these complications Claire is not anymore considered appropriate for her role of birthmother and is assigned to work at the Fish Hatchery. While they reassign her the new job, she asks about her “product” and a man who works there tells her that it is a male and is called number 36.
  • While Claire does her job at the Fish Hatchery, she finds out that the Nurturing Center is nearby and makes an excuse to go there, and discovers which baby is "36". She starts casually volunteering at the nurturing center, knowing that if it was found that she was the mother of 36, she would be banned from the community. Claire really enjoys the time spent with number 36 and starts to love him too.
  • Claire finds out 36 is going to be released, which means she is not going to see him again.
  • Over a night Claire hears alarms in all the community and learns that a twelve years old guy, whose name is Jonas, is escaped from the community and has brought our protagonist’s son with him.She is desperate to find her baby, and escapes on a ship, but there is a storm and she is thrown out to sea.
  • Claire is found by a girl, in a small village near cliffs. Claire now suffers of amnesia, but when she helps the girl give birth, she remembers of her son, and has just one thing in her head: find him.
  • To leave the village she must learn to climb the cliffs since she is too scared of the sea. Einar, a lame friend helps her. The trainings last for years and during this time Einar and Claire fall in love.
  • Since Einar has confidence with his learner, he tells Claire how he became lame. One time he had tried climbing the cliffs, but at the end he met the Trademaster and asked him to trade, but he refuted and the Trademaster hacked off his feet. So Einar tells Claire that she must accept the trade. Claire successfully climbs out of the mountain, and asks the Trademaster to find her son. The Trademaster agrees to find Gabe in exchange for her youth. Claire agrees.

This picture represents Claire while she is pregnant


Climax- the most intense moment, either mentally or in action

Claire after the trade becomes old, but finds the village where her son (whose real name is Gabe) lives and even if now she lost her youth she is really happy.

This picture shows Claire’s feelings.


Falling Action- The events and complications begin to resolve themselves.

  • Jonas is married with Kira and leads this new community.
  • When Claire gets to the village she decides to do not tell anyone who se really is, or otherwise no one is going to believe her because of her age.
  • Gabe notices that an old women (Claire) always watches him.
  • When Claire knows that she is going to die she tells Jonas the truth. At first he doesn’t believe her, but when she tells him about when she was in the community and how she got here, he understands how evil is the Trademaster.
  • Jonas goes to Gabe and tells him everything, and the 15 years old guy understands that he has to kill the Trademaster.
  • Gabriel goes to him ,veers into his body, and understands the Trademaster is hungry for suffering, so he tells the Trademaster of all the people that he has tried to destroy, and how they are living happily again. This destroys the Trademaster.
  • This picture represents Jonas telling the truth to Gabe

Some conflicts in Son are:

  • Claire can’t see her son just because she is considerate by the community a baby machine and not a mother. (Man v. Society)
  • Claire has to climb the cliffs to find her son (Man v. Nature)
  • Gabe needs to kill the Trademaster to make be Claire young again. (Man v. Man)

Theme- It is the central message of the story

A big theme in Son is loss.


-”Her every thought now was on the newchild had held for a moment, whose light eyes she had gazed into briefly, whose curly hair had touched her chin for too short time. Number Thirty-six.”(Lowry 48)-”Now she thought of nothing else, of no one else”(52)

Resolution- The conclusion, the untangling of events in the story

When Gabe returns home, Claire is young again. Finally the family reunited goes back to the cliff village, so that Claire can stay with Einar again.

This picture shows Claire and Gabe reunited