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What are specific examples or anecdotes from the text that illustrate Jonas's...

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rubikins | Student, Grade 9

Posted February 21, 2012 at 6:20 PM via web

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What are specific examples or anecdotes from the text that illustrate Jonas's frustration with the community?

I have read the book and am writing a speech. The speech is about if I was Jonas and I had decided to leave what speech would I say to the community. We must include those points that I have in the question!!! Thank you so much

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 24, 2012 at 4:45 AM (Answer #1)

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Before the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas thought like everyone else in his community.  Until he received his assignment, he did not feel any frustration with his life or the rules.  It was just the way things were.

Jonas is first disturbed when he notices that his rules allow him to lie.  This is not normal, as no one in the community is allowed to lie.  He realizes for the first time that he is different, and things may not be what he thought.

His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness—and promised answers—he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received were true. (p. 71)

It is not until Jonas gets the memory of war and sees Asher playing war games that he really becomes dissatisfied with the community.  He tries to make them understand what war is really like, and gets frustrated because Asher blows him off.  He realizes that the distance between him and his friends is greater than he thought.

Jonas sighed. It was no use. Of course Asher couldn't understand. "I accept your apology, Asher," he said wearily. (p. 135)

Jonas gets another wake-up call when he finds out about love.  He realizes that his community is missing something very important.  He understands that people might make the wrong choices, yet the thought is nagging at him.  He is becoming more dissatisfied.  This is clear when he tells Gabe:

"There could be love," Jonas whispered. (p. 129)

Of course, the most obvious time when Jonas sees the newborn killed.  He has no idea what release means before that. 

He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was realizing. He continued to stare at the screen numbly. (p. 150)

This is the point where Jonas decides the community cannot remain the way it is.  Something has to be done.  Jonas knows Gabriel is scheduled to be Released, and he cannot allow that to happen.  He takes the boy and leaves, releasing the memories back to his community and changing it forever.

 

 

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