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What are some of Jonas's character traits?

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littlemisssun... | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM via web

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What are some of Jonas's character traits?

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

Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Jonas is introspective.  He wonders which word best describes his feelings, and he questions himself and his reaction as he learns about his community.

Apprehensive, Jonas decided. That's what I am. (Chapter 1, p. 4)

Jonas is compassionate.  Jonas worries about The Giver, and accepts pain so The Giver won’t feel it.  He also gives some of his new memories to Gabe to soothe him.

The Giver looked up at him, his face contorted with suffering. "Please," he gasped, "take some of the pain."

Jonas helped him to his chair at the side of the bed. Then he quickly removed his tunic and lay face down. "Put your hands on me," he directed, aware that in such anguish The Giver might need reminding. (Chapter 15, p. 118)

Jonas does not hesitate to help The Giver.  He only considers easing The Giver’s pain, and not the pain he will feel himself.

Jonas is humble.  He never tries to abuse his power, and he is uncomfortable with respect he feels he has not earned.

"Oh, please," he replied uncomfortably. "Call me Jonas." (Chapter 10, p. 73)

Jonas is a complex character, and these quotes help describe him.

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thetall | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted June 3, 2015 at 7:26 AM (Answer #2)

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Jonas is an introspective young boy who thinks more deeply about life as compared to his peers as seen when he is in constant meditation. He is intelligent as seen when he quickly grasps an understanding of what the Giver is teaching him. Jonas is brave as seen when he runs away with Gabriel and everything they go through in their new environment which is at times characterized by extreme weather. Jonas is compassionate as shown when he takes the risk to save Gabriel who is about to be “released” by his father. Jonas is polite and humble as seen when he accepts his designated role but does not detach himself from his friends instead he does not let the attention of being a Receiver bother him. Jonas is honest as seen through his communication with the giver and his friends. 

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