In The Giver, what did Jonas give to Gabriel and why did he give it to him?
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I think what you are talking about is how Jonas gives memories to Gabe. He does this for different reasons at different times.
At first, the reason Jonas gives Gabe memories is to help him sleep. Gabe is a restless baby and Jonas is afraid he will not be able to get placed with a family if he won't sleep well. If that happens, he'll be released. So Jonas gives him soothing memories.
Then later, when they are running away, Jonas gives Gabe memories of snow to make him colder so that the airplanes' infrared detectors won't be able to "see" him.
Jonas gives "memories" to Gabe. He learns how to transmit memories. He first transmits memories to solve Gabe's sleeping problems at nights. The other time he gives something to Gabe is also "memories". He transmits memories to Gabe when they escape from the community, he transmits again some memories to prevent Gabe from the bad weather and hunger.
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