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Why was it important for The Receiver of Memory to have the Capacity to See Beyond?it's...

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frogygurl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2007 at 4:40 AM via web

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Why was it important for The Receiver of Memory to have the Capacity to See Beyond?

it's somewhere between chapters 12-13

I think The Receiver of Memory is Jonas but I'm not sure if the question is asking befoer or after.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 24, 2007 at 1:15 PM (Answer #1)

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I have been pondering this question all day. I have looked at different studies and the story and know the answer; however, it is very difficult to put into words. Let's give it a try, it is important for the Receiver of Memory to have the capacity to see beyond because, in order to do this very difficult job the Receiver must be able to understand what he or she is feeling. From the text, we know that understanding feelings is not something that Community members are accustomed to; in fact, this is the very reason for having the Giver in the first place, to take all the bad memories that they can't handle away. Jonas and the Giver both possess the capacity to understand more than what is seen or understood by members of the Community. For example, the references to color and the inability to see the brightness and experience the happiness it brings demonstrates, on a small scale, the difference between the Receivers and the citizens. Without the ability to see beyond, the Receivers are no more gifted than the other citizens of the Community; I think seeing beyond is another way of saying that they understand the feelings, which is a mandatory part of the position. I'm not sure if this helped at all, but there it is.

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katobin | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2008 at 11:38 AM (Answer #2)

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yes jonas is the new reciever of memory ! it is important because everyone is blind and when you see beyound you see color which come from memory! which is the recievers job in the community

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tpain | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2008 at 11:43 PM (Answer #3)

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its between capters 12-13 you have to read it and if u got more details just answer back to tpain thats me

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