agree or disagree with Jonas’s decision to take Gabriel and leaveDo you agree or disagree with Jonas’s decision to take Gabriel and leave the community?  

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We need to look at the ways in which the community was impacted when Jonas took Gabe.  We cannot simply look at the reasons for which Jonas took Gabe.  Jonas's motives in taking Gabe might have been pure.  He wanted to save Gabe's life, and that is certainly admirable.  But what about the costs of his decision?  He destroyed the entire way of life of the community in order to save Gabe's life.  What do you think about that?  Do you think that it is moral/ethical to destroy the entire way of life of a community in order to save one life?

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You need to find passages describing how Jonas thought or acted at the beginning of the book and passages describing his thoughts or actions at the end of the story. When you compare things, you show how they are the same - how did Jonas stay the same throughout the story? To contrast means to show the differences - in what ways did Jonas change his ideas and his actions as a result of those new ideas? Find quotes from the book that will show why you think these changes happened or why they are important.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

All of these are opinion questions. Take the facts, and turn them into your opinion. For example, for your first question, here are the facts. Jonas took Gabriel because he knew he was about to be released. Release means death by lethal injection. By leaving, Jonas endangered his life and Gabriel's. Now, how do you feel about this? Was the risk worth it?

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Discovering that his father was little better than a murderer would have been enough of a reason for Jonas to take Gabriel to a better life away from the community. Jonas had learned enough from The Giver to understand that there must be life outside their tiny world, and he hoped to raise his brother in a place where freedom and individuality was important.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do agree with Jonas's decision. For one thing, the community wasn't worthy of being held together as it was predicated upon cruel falsehoods and cruel regulatory controls. For another thing, Western civilization is built upon the notion that one unique life is a supreme value and therefore worth sacrificing for.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For example, what are your ideas about "sameness"? Do you feel the community presented an image of "sameness" that was complete, or are there any exceptions to this? How would Jonas and the Giver fit into this community picture, for example?

yagmurbaydar | Student

actually i think he did right to leave. because he couldn't do anything if he stayed there and he  must be to obey the rules. also he took Gabriel and he did a nice think because also Gabriel wwould be a part of system

asliozcan | Student

I definitely think he made the right decision because they developed a strong relationship after Jonas started to recieve memories of love and he transmitted them to Gabe therefore they had a strong relationship. If he hadn't take Gabe with him, Gabe would have died and it would be such a pitty because Gabe has pale eyes and he can receive memories like Jonas as well. Also I think he did a great thing by leaving the community because the community received the memories back obviously so they can understand their previous life without emotions meant nothing.

dilaraergul | Student

I think Jonas did the right thing because there was a strange relationship between them. First, Gabriel's eyes was similar to Jonas's eyes and a few people has this kind of eyes. Second, Gabriel had problems at night when he tried to sleep. And when Jonas took him to his bedroom, Gabe started to sleep well. Lastly, Jonas transmitted some memories to Gabe to solute his problems. If I were Jonas, I would also take Gabe with me to escape from this unfair community.

lacinserraates | Student
agree or disagree with Jonas’s decision to take Gabriel and leave

Do you agree or disagree with Jonas’s decision to take Gabriel and leave the community?


I totally agree with Jonas's desicion, If I were him, I would do the same. First Jonas wasn't aware of the meaning of love but then with the help of memories, he learned. Moreover, he has a connection with Gabe, their eyes colour is similar. Also he can transmit Gabe memories but when he tried it on Lily, it didn't work. Furthermore, their birthmother may be the same and it means they may be brothers. Somebody who knows the meaning of love just can't leave his brother behind, knowing that he will be released.