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At the end of The Giver, do Jonas and Gabriel die together in the snow, or is Jonas...

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messyjames1 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 12, 2007 at 11:11 PM via web

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At the end of The Giver, do Jonas and Gabriel die together in the snow, or is Jonas dreaming?

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angelacress | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 13, 2007 at 8:57 AM (Answer #1)

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That's an interesting question, and one I think can only be answered by the individual reader. Lois Lowry most likely left the ending ambiguous so that the reader might decide for himself what were the fates of Jonas and Gabriel. I have always felt that they did die at the end of the book. In order to feel like the book was complete, for me to get a sense of closure, I needed to imagine an ending that made sense to me. According to the enotes entry, "The novel's ending is ambiguous, but circular. Reunited with memories of light, snow, and sleds that the Giver gave him, reunited with memories of music, peace, joy, and freedom of choice that he found within himself, Jonas, along with Gabriel and the community that he left behind, has finally arrived in a better, more wholesome, place."

I agree with everything they say, however, I feel like the ending is more final than Jonas merely finding a better place. I feel that since the world from which Jonas came was so horrific and unforgiving that the only escape possible (that made sense to me) was death. It seemed to me that Jonas and Gabriel would only find escape, and perhaps a better place, in death.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 29, 2007 at 10:00 AM (Answer #2)

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The ending of The Giver is very ambiguous, allowing for the reader to make his or her own interpretation of what happens in the end. As Jonas and Gabriel make it to the bottom of the hill they hear singing, and see warmly lit homes that they know are filled with love and memories. The question and the ambiguity come into question when the reader realizes the peril of the situation the two boys were in--tired, hungry, and freezing. Did they survive to make it to the other side of Sameness; if so the ending was a happy one. If not, then they are delusional and freezing to death, in which case the ending is very sad and heartbreaking. You actually have two possible endings one thoroughly optimistic and one completely pessimistic; however, in my opinion, there is another way to view it. Jonas and Gabriel's end is happy to a certain extent either way because they have reached a happiness that neither has ever known before. In the end, they both know love, peace and happiness.

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snowfairy12 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 8, 2008 at 11:33 AM (Answer #3)

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Jonas lives, and Gabriel lives too (i think) because in the Messenger (3rd book of triology) Jonas appears again as a young adult, as the leader. Gabriel lives too because in the end, the book says that the people were waiting for the baby, too.

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totallybooklover | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 10, 2009 at 9:17 AM (Answer #10)

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I think that he did actually die at the end.. which is quite disapointing... if he actually did live I think that the next book would most likely have to be about him and Gabriel in Elsewhere instead of talking about COMPLETELY different characters......

 

hope this is helpful!!!

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izerdem | Student | Honors

Posted March 18, 2009 at 12:41 AM (Answer #11)

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I think they are went back to their community again. They ride , ride and ride they did not know they were going to their community, but now it is changed because they have all of Jonas's memories.

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bulletman | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted April 23, 2009 at 3:47 AM (Answer #12)

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its really up to us the readers to decide. so your right and wrong at the same time messyjames1
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y66k | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 25, 2009 at 12:01 PM (Answer #13)

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I think the ending is ambiguous and i believe the live because in the next book called Gathering Blue Kira the main character sees a pale eyed boy which Lois lowry says you can decide if it is jonas or gabe

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lexi515 | Honors

Posted July 5, 2009 at 3:16 AM (Answer #15)

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Well, if you think about it. Using religion logic. They end up "elsewhere" on Christmas Day. Jonas has a baby that everyone was waiting for so (if your catholic/christian) you can use the perspective that Gabriel is baby Jesus. The baby that everyone was waiting for. And in a way i guess Jonas is Joseph showing him off for all people to see. That's the way i see it anyway. Hope i helped:)

 

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mlack | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted September 23, 2009 at 9:37 AM (Answer #16)

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i dont think they die because they are two other books

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winniebabyyy | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted October 14, 2009 at 9:07 AM (Answer #17)

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read the 2nd book it only says one sentence about them but it does say the answer(:

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heart-breaking | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 10, 2009 at 9:18 AM (Answer #18)

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I think personaly that they die because in the situation they're in doesn't seem very likely to survive. When I finished the book i imagined Jonas and Gabe on the hill Gabe has already passed. While Jonas is freezing to death he imagines his first memory filled with joy. Remembering snow and lights and his most loved memories. So personaly i think they die. Very few people in my grade has read this book at my school. So i don't have many people to discuss it with.

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karmen96332 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM (Answer #19)

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Jonas lives, and Gabriel lives too (i think) because in the Messenger (3rd book of triology) Jonas appears again as a young adult, as the leader. Gabriel lives too because in the end, the book says that the people were waiting for the baby, too.

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vtown2015 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2010 at 5:15 AM (Answer #20)

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I think that Jonas and Gabe die. Lowry did say that she wanted readers to interpret the ending in their own way, but she didn't think they died. I dont really know any other explanation. I have not read the sequel. I've heard that it isn't based on Jonas and Gabe, why do you think Lowry made it this way? How much does it talk about Jonas and Gabe? Is it a good explanation to the ending of The Giver?

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fresh2damaxx | eNoter

Posted February 22, 2010 at 3:01 AM (Answer #22)

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YESSSS LET'S GO LULU, i do NOT want to read a full essay for an answer.

and, btw, i believe jonas goes to elsewhere.

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kaloykoy | Student | Honors

Posted March 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM (Answer #31)

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I don't like long answers so i'll try making it short.

It's obvious that's its a positive ending because:

-The author believe it's a positive ending.

-There are two other books accompanied by the Giver.

-Your a pessimistic when you think of the ending as death when the story's ending is unfinished.Or just lazy to make up your own ending.

There's a lot of percentage that he is not dreaming bcoz some/most or mayb all of his memory faded.

 

 

 

Ps: before anyone rate this thing.

 

Read the Chapter when before-during when he leaves the community...

Try to find any word related to music and you would clearly know what happened at the end...

 

 

But the ending is up to you...

Authors made this ending so that they could try/help you make up story(not make up lies) and improve your imagination. (a best way to improve your lie...juk  ^_^)

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dbuona | Middle School Teacher | Honors

Posted April 8, 2010 at 2:44 AM (Answer #32)

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Jonah and Gabriel definitely live. In Chapter 12 Jonas wakes up to the recently given memory of the sled going down the hill, and he talks about a "something", a destination that he can't get to but lies just beyond the thickness of the snow.

Chapter 23 ends with him walking past that thickness, claiming to hear music and see lights.

I personally think Jonas's dream from Chapter 12 is his "seeing beyond." It's not just seeing colors or hearing music, its seeing the future.

Remember, the Giver doesn't leave with Jonas because he sees a future where he can help the community and free them from their malaise after Jonas's escape. That was his "seeing beyond."

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sushimaker | Student | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM (Answer #33)

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I think that Jonas and Gabriel went back to the community in a loop and that the community had changed. I have a few reasons.

1. How did the sled get there? I think the Giver put it there for Jonas

2. There's a climate control. They probably use a dome. In that case they wont be able to get out.

3. Death is sad. I am optimistic

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yeagertrisha65y | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 8, 2010 at 5:51 AM (Answer #34)

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I do not think they died becaues they found that house. The house of love with the lights so i think he did not die. I think he is not dreaming. But it is your ending so you can think what you want to. That is what the authur said at the ending. But it was a really good story. I would read it again if i could.

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errrick | eNoter

Posted May 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM (Answer #35)

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I think he died because of the lights that he was seeing like the light at the end of the tunnel and the joy and happiness like heaven and Gabe didn't talk at all in the last part of the book.

I think that was a sad story after all because of the people and supposedly God made life to have joy(I don't actually like believe that)

 

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rp10 | Student | Honors

Posted December 8, 2010 at 5:19 AM (Answer #36)

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no no no no no! they do NOT die together in the snow, and are deffinetly not dreaming. The reason I know they don't die is because they are in messenger (the third book in the trilogy).Gabe is only mentioned once though. He is described as a mischievous eight-year-old (pg.17 in the book).Jonas is reffered to as Leader instead of well, Jonas. You know its Jonas because Lois Lowry drops alot of hints. For example, they say thats Leader's arrivle vihicle to Village(the community in this book)was a red sled. So, all in all They didn't,die and weren't dreaming.

Hope this helped!

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b0rn-confus3d | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:35 AM (Answer #37)

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no, because if you read further in the series....You will learn that in a schoolhouse there is a "mischievous eight-year-old kid named Gabe, and that the sled that Jonas and Gabe road on in the end became a symbol of courge and hope in Village (which is the setting of the messenger). Also, you find out that Jonas becomes the leader of Village in the novel the messenger because Lois Lowry describes the color of the leaders eyes as, pale piercing grey......

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mwurbaniak1 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:48 AM (Answer #38)

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I believe that they die. It says in the final chapter that, "they were waiting for him and that they too, were waiting for the baby" i believe that he is refering to all the people from the community that has been released in the past and the place he was in was heaven.

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kyla231 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted September 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM (Answer #39)

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In the last book, Messenger, Jonas is the "leader" of Village he sees on the hill and it randomly mentions an 8 year old named Gabe who I presume is Gabriel. I know it is Jonas because in the book it gives soooo many "clues". Jonas say his first knowing or whatever was from an apple, he arrived on a sled which is in a muesium in Village, it says he arrived when there was snow, it describes him using his powers to see beyond, and his blue eyes, and a lot more.

I don't recommend reading Messenger, it was not a very good book. It was pretty piontless although it did answer some confusion.

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lol190 | Student | eNoter

Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:08 AM (Answer #40)

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To shorten and simplify the answer, Lois Lowry never tells us that Jonas and Gabriel die. She leaves the ending up to the reader. You can assume they die or they stay alive and go to the house. It doesn't matter. By the way, Jonas is not dreaming.

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ilyaustinb | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM (Answer #41)

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I personally think that Jonas did not die, did not dream. He came to the Christmas house in elsewhere that he received a dream about before he left the community.

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mandyamibeth14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 8, 2011 at 8:30 PM (Answer #42)

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Actually, if the pair had died, don't you think that there is still a point of writing the second and the third book. if only you have read the last book (The messenger) Jonas became the Leader in the so called Village wherein, in the last chapter of the first book it is described as a place where there was music and. Gabe too was mentioned and described as "mischievous eight-year-old kid named Gabe". the third book was really good and it joined the three characters. In the memory transmitted to him by the Giver, the part wherein there was a sled, he said something about seeing beyond. In my OWN OPINION, this was his own way of seeing-beyond but he didn't realize that he was. it said the he was going to a destination but didn'y know how too. Although he wasn't succesful in the memory but soon enough, i realized what that part meant.

 

In conclusion, THEY DID NOT DIE AT ALL!!

 

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jdingus45 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM (Answer #43)

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Jonas and Gabe do not die they go to the land of all memories before recievers were invented. i can tell because on page 104 of the giver the giver says that there is a land of all memories before recievers were invented and when they both get there(Jonas and Gabe) Jonas sees the memory of the sled and the memory of chridtmas from outside a window.

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balletsiencelover | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM (Answer #44)

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Lois Lowry has stated is some of he speches about the book that no they did not die and the were not dreaming, what happened was true, they did get to "Elsewhere". Lois Lowry has said: "I don't know why everyone thinks that they die in the end?"

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dilaraergul | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM (Answer #45)

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In the ending of the book, Lowry wrote that Jonas heared some voices and music. I think, Jonas and Gabriel found another place to live and Jonas heared the music of church because they may celebrating the "Christmas". In addition, the voices which Jonas supposed are the sound of people who are live in this new place.

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canokcabollu | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 27, 2012 at 3:43 AM (Answer #46)

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Ending of the book is up to your perception,point of view.Lowry mentioned that he heard music,it shows that they reached somewhere where is different from their community.I guess that they survived,they would begin to live in another society which has "music" inside it,it is my opinion,yours can be different.Different comments about the end show the ambiguous writing style.

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asliozcan | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:08 AM (Answer #47)

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The end is ambiguous, it is totally up to your imagination and point of view. We just know that Jonas heard Christmas music so maybe he have died from hunger or because of the weather or he may have lived a long joyful life with Gabe.

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hakantekgul | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM (Answer #48)

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Writer used open ended plot structure here to make the end of the novel ambigous. Writer wants the readers to end the book based on their emotions and feelings. There are two options for the reader. Jonas could be survived, or Jonas could be dead. In my opinion, Jonas survived with Gabriel and reached elsewhere. He just hears music at the end. It can be either because of freezing or it can be real. Ending is totally based on the reader's perception and knowledge.

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yahoogirl | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM (Answer #49)

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They ended up in else where, other wise known as our world now.

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dasnczeng | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM (Answer #50)

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Lois Lowry, the author, makes the ending very mysterious.  She allows the reader to decide what they think the ending is.  In my opinion, I believe that Jonas and Gabriel have reached "Elsewhere."  They see snow, see and ride a sled, see light, hear music and hear people singing.  All of these things did not exist in Jonas' community.  Also Jonas received memories of all the things above except for music and singing.  The Giver said that Jonas would be receiving the memories of the whole world.  If they were seeing and hearing these things, that must mean that they were in a different part of the world, Elsewhere.  Another way to prove that Jonas and Gabriel had made it into Elsewhere is the fact that Jonas sensed that they were near it.  He felt it.

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dasnczeng | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:36 PM (Answer #51)

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I don't think either of your answers are correct.  Check the Q&A at the back of the book for proof.

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selinaaas | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted July 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM (Answer #52)

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When I read the end of the Giver, I thought they reached the place where the memories of love and the sled were at. 

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zogo1011 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM (Answer #53)

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No Jonas and Gaberial did not die if you read the companions "Gathering Blue" and "messanger" you will relise that the energetic child Gabe is Gabrial, and that the man with blue eyes called "Leader" is Jonas.

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM (Answer #54)

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Jonas and Gabriel did not die in The Giver later showing up in another book.

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Ada Sison | TA , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM (Answer #55)

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The ending of The Giver is very ambiguous. Lois Lowry does this because she wants the reader to decide the fate of Jonas and Gabriel. Do they perish in the snow or do they make it to another,better community? 

In my reading, I chose to think hopefully. Jonas and the child find the beautiful town with warmth and singing. If you think they died in the snow you could say that what Jonas feels in his final moments are the memories the Giver placed in him.

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