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What are Jonas's rules in "The Giver"?

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Posted January 8, 2009 at 7:43 AM via web

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What are Jonas's rules in "The Giver"?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 9, 2009 at 12:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Jonas' rules are found in Chapter 9. His first rule tells him to report to the Annex entrance behind the house of the old each day.

His second rule tells him to go home after training each day.

His third tells him that he is exempt from rudeness, and that he may ask questions and get answers from anyone. This rule is shocking because no one in the community is free to ask rude questions.

His fourth rule instructs him not to discuss his training.

His fifth rule prohibits him from dream-telling, which is also a surprise, because telling and analyzing dreams is a routine that every family in the community does together.

The sixth rule tells him not to ever apply for medication unless it is unrelated to his job. This is a heads-up that his job might be painful, and he will not be allowed to take medicine for it.

The seventh rule says that he is not allowed to apply for release. This does not bother Jonas, as he cannot fathom ever wanting to apply for release anyway.

The last rule is the most unnerving though: "You may lie". No one in the community was EVER allowed to lie. This makes Jonas wonder, however, how many other people received this same rule, and how many people did actually lie.

Many of these rules shatter some allusions Jonas has about the community, and it is clear that his job will not be anything he might expect.

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