What happens at the end of The Giver?
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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.
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.
The optimistic part of me wants to believe that Jonas has managed to get Gabriel to a new town, where people's attitudes toward individualism and free-thinking is not so rigid as in the society they left. I want to believe that the lights Jonas sees are in welcoming homes, filled with truly nurturing people who will take them in and care for them.
Somehow, though, it also seems probable that Jonas has died trying to get Gabriel to safety, thus leading to Gabriel's death. If that is the case, then the welcoming lights and music he hears would be indicative of heaven or some kind of gentle, good afterlife.
It doesn't really matter, though. The images of light and warmth, of music and happiness, tell us that Jonas and Gabriel are in a better place than the one they left.
As you said, 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.
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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Honestly, I think the ending of The Giver sets us up to expect a sequel. I suspect that the original manuscript or book proposal was for a much longer book than what ended up in print and that the publisher decided to break create a series in order to generate more profit. I hate to sound cynical, but having worked in the publishing industry for many years, I know that bringing in revenue is more important than contributing to great literature.
So you don't think that they died, then. When I first read the book I thought they had made it to Elsewhere (maybe it was just me wanting a happy ending) but later in discussion with others, my eyes were opened up to the other possibilities. I wonder if there was a planned sequel? It is such a popular book that I would wonder why Lowry didn't write it. Instead she went on to write "Gathering Blue," which follows a very similar formula but doesn't have quite the same impact in my eyes.
You need to read the third book in the series: "The Messenger." Jonas and Gabriel, from "The Giver," and Matty, from "Gathering Blue," are the main characters in this book.
I have always thought the most reasonable explanation for the ending was that Jonas and Gabriel were dying. I've also read Lois Lowry's own words that she did not intend the ending to be taken that way. The memories that Jonas accesses about winter and Christmas are supposed to be very old. On the other hand, a plane flies overhead at one point. When it comes right down to it, I think she very artfully created a book that lent itself to many interpretations, and all could be backed up with examples from the book.
This is an interesting topic. Did you know that there are sequels to this book? (and a prequel) I've never read them, but from what I understand, they don't talk a whole lot about Jonas.
I have my students write an alternate ending every year when we study the book; they love it. I, myself, prefer to allow for many different endings.
When I taught The Giver, some of my students were very upset by this open-ended conclusion. Two girls who worked together on a project about the book decided to go to the source and contacted Lois Lowry to ask her opinion about the ending. As we might expect, Lowry told my students that she intentionally left the ending cryptic because she wanted readers to be able to interpret it as they did. A friend and I discussed it and decided that we, too (like the poster above), wanted to believe that Jonas and Gabriel had reached "Elsewhere," but the book leads us to believe that "Elsewhere" means death. So are they dead? Are they in an afterlife? Or are they saved? I don't mind uncertainty in conclusions, but it IS interesting to hear that there are sequels to the book. I'd love to hear from those who have read the sequels, in part because one person I know even disputed that these are actually "sequels" in the usual sense--just different books that deal with the same characters and concepts. I am eager to read more in this thread.
My students' project was amazing, by the way, and I admired their initiative in contacted Lowry.
When I read it, I honestly thought they were dying. I thought the whole idea of there being a sled was just too convenient and odd, so I honestly thought he had imagined it and they were dying. Then I read the interview with Lois Lowry in the back of the book, where she said she intentionally left the ending vague because she wanted people to be able to envision their own future for Jonas and Gabe, but that she definitely did NOT think that the two boys died.
So, if I'm being optimistic, I'd say they find a nice family to take them in, and somehow the society they find in Elsewhere doesn't have the same constraints as the community they came from, so they are able to grow up with actual feelings and family, etc., to envision a brighter future. Maybe eventually they'll even go back to their community to see if things have changed, or to help create those changes.
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!!!
I know that Jonas and Gabriel are not dead because they show up again in Messenger, the third book in this loose trilogy. However, if I did not know that, I would probably believe that they died. If Elsewhere really is a place where people "go" when they are released, maybe he has reached Elsewhere because he is dead. I'd like to think that he's found peace and happiness, wherever he is.
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.
As someone else had mentioned Jonas and Gabriel are mentioned in the third novel The Messenger, and are alive and well. But, based on the ending of The Giver alone, I would like to believe that it in a a loose way the "second coming" it is after all Christmas, and they are "waiting for Jonas and the child too. And as we see in the Messenger, a new "wordl" is created. I think Lowery meant it be an optimistic ending.
Honestly, i do not think Jonas and Gabe died. Seriously, it might just be my optimistic slef saying that they didnt but i just think its too sad to be the ending. I just finished the book today, and absolutly loved it. I dont know if i have read a better book, it was very well thought out and got me thinking, what if our world was really like this? What if we really didnt have any memories, or our own grandparents? What if after we got our own life we never saw our parents again? I think that Lois Lowry wouldnt have left the ending like that if she wanted them to be gone. I think she would have just killed them off and told you so. I honestly did not want them to die. I was very attached to the book and didnt want it to end. I have already started reading Gathering Blue and am very into it. I really hope that like everyone has told me it mentions Jonas and Gabe. I do not think they are dead also becuase it just seems to obvious. I always pverthink things and it might be because of that but anywho I think they found a new home in Elsewhere, a new life, and a new, family. Maybe Jonas might even get to go back to jis community and see The Giver again, but I would rather The Giver get to go see his daughter, Rosemary. I was very surprised when I found out she was his daughter. I had no idea and dint even think about it. I was so glad when Jonas took off with Gabe, i almost cried when I found out Gabe was going to get released.
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
There is a great discussion board question about this, too - you should check that out. I'm including it as the second link here.
When Jonas leaves the community, we only know a little bit of what happens to him. We know that he and Gabe escape, riding on Jonas's father's bicycle. They have to travel mostly at night at first, to avoid being found by the community. Sometimes, the heat-seeking airplanes come looking for them, and Jonas has to transfer memories of cold to Gabe so the two of them can lower their body temperature and remain undetected by the aircraft. Their journey is long and difficult; they have little food and energy, and they don't know where they are going. Jonas pushes along, motivated by his desire to save Gabe from releasing and to bring change to his community.
During the journey, they encounter new things, like wildlife. They have never seen birds until this time; they have never caught a fish. So they have all sorts of experiences along the way to prepare them for life outside the community. At the end of the book, when Jonas is almost out of motivation and hope, he finds a sled in the snow, at the top of a hill. When he and Gabe climb onto the sled, we are left with no resolution; we don't know what happens after that. We can only guess that they make it to a new community and find a new life, or whatever we want their ending to be. I did read for sure that Lowry never intended us to believe that they died; in her mind, Jonas and Gabe live on after the story. It's up to the reader to decide how they do it.
Some people believe that Jonas and Gabe die, that the lights and music at the end are only memories, or hallucinations as they freeze to death. Others believe that Jonas and Gabe have found communities who live in the old way, with music and color and joy, as well as pain and suffering. I choose to believe that they reach another community of people who live life as it is in Jonas' memories from the Giver.
i think that they lived
1. because in the first memory jonas had that aching feeling that something lay beyond that hill.
2. he lost all of his memories so how could he get them back?
3. because in the messenger the characters of gabriel and jonas showed up again
In my opinion I think that Jonas is like falling unconcious to his death because of the cold and while this is happening Gabe and himself r being welcomed to a better place. So yeah, I think they died!
I first learned of The Giver in 1994 and read it and began teaching it the same year. I was always convinced they died because the music seemed to be coming from the place he had come from- where music had not been before. Also notice that the first time and only time in the book, Gabriel is referred to as "the baby" in the next to last paragraph of the book--all this led me to believe that Gabriel and Jonas were dead.
But they were not.
Gathering Blue (2000) certainly hinted strongly that Jonas was not dead and Messenger (2004) made it abundantly clear that they lived.
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:)
jonas founds a village. in the following books, Gathering Blue and Messenger, he is not refered to as jonas, but Leader. you can tell it is jonas, because Leader has pale eyes like jonas. he also talks about how he escaped from the community. nothing is said about Gabe though. i assume he is livin somewhere in jonas's village
It is strongly implied that Jonas finds a new village and drives forward with Gabe to the village. While the book doesn't end IN the village, Jonas and Gabe are very close to it. They can hear music, see lights, and they are at the top of the hill that will bring them down to the village. After such a long journey, I can't imagine that Jonas would want to go anywhere except to a place where Gabe and he can learn more and enjoy new experiences.
i dont think they die because they are two other books
read the 2nd book it only says one sentence about them but it does say the answer(:
What every one said was true, but you should read it for yourself because the ending was so great and well written.
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.
Gabe and jonas live, it made me cry the first time i read the book cause i thought that they died.
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.
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?
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.
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 ^_^)
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."
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
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.
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)
Ambiguity is the name of the game here - whilst I agree that the novel ends in a way that obviously is set up for a sequel, I think part of the mastery of its ending lies in the fact that we do not know and we are deliberately left with at least two possible endings - they die or they reach Elsewhere and live. I guess it depends a lot on how we interpret the novel as a whole and the kind of tone it strikes.
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!
I know they live because they are in "messenger" the third book in the trilogy. This made me quite happy because I thought they had died because it seemed like they were dying of hypothermia. But, they lived and i was happy with that.
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......
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.
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.
Gabriel and Jonas die together in the snow. The place that Jonas and Gabriel are from is so terrible and horrific that Jonas needs comfort and happiness. They found a better place, in death. They did reach “Elsewhere.” Jonas thought that Elsewhere was a good place where people went when they were released. I had though about it and come to a conclusion that “Elsewhere” is death. Death is where people go when they are released. Gabriel and Jonas reached death which I believe was “Elsewhere.”
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.
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.
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!!
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.
It depends on you because there are two alternatives.
1) they are both alive
2) they died.
I think that they are both alive as they heard the music and people's voices. They have arrived a new community outside the bounds of their's and they are safe from that moment.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
They ended up in else where, other wise known as our world now.
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.
I don't think either of your answers are correct. Check the Q&A at the back of the book for proof.
When I read the end of the Giver, I thought they reached the place where the memories of love and the sled were at.
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.
okay so i havent read this book sinc 7th grade but i remember it pretty vividly. the way i thought of the ending was that jonas was just returning to the old town that he had just left and it had changed. the giver told jonas a story of a past reciever that had left and ALL the memories that had been recieved were lost and given to the people in the town leaving them overwelmed with all these new things they had never felt. so i believe that when jonas and gabe left it released all his memories to the rest of the people and he went in a big circle only to return to a completely different town because everyone had the memories of emotion and color , hot , cold , ect.
Jonas and Gabriel did not die in The Giver later showing up in another book.
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.
We can not know for sure whether Jonas and Gabriel died or not. However, one thing is certain. The author wrote that when they were on the sled, Jonas used up the last of his energy to give the sled one last push down the hill. The happy and joyful town that Jonas had seen could have been real, or it could also have been a memory the Giver had passed on to him. No one really knows.
Q.how did the book end?
A.jonas felt cold and near death.
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