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The purpose of the pills was to stop all feelings of sexual attraction or awareness. When Jonas stopped taking the pills, he regained the ability to see and recognize the differences between males and females and to react differently to different persons based on such factors as physical appearances. Jonas has resumed having dreams, including dreams about Fiona, since he stopped taking his pills. Jonas, who already had the ability to detect color differences, is being helped by the Giver to understand the attraction of colors and other examples of situations that indicate that "sameness" might not always be the most desirable of arrangements.
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