The extent to which Jonas resists his society in The Giver accelerates over the course of the story. It starts slowly and then builds gradually, until the end, at which point his resistance is complete.
As the story opens, Jonas is a fairly compliant child who does not question the rules, but even in the first chapter, we see a little reluctance on his part when he does not want to share his feeling with his family at the sharing ritual. We are told that "he almost would have preferred to keep his feelings hidden" (9), but then he does share his feelings of apprehension, because "of course, it was against the rules" (9) to not do so. We also see in Chapter 3 that at some point previously, Jonas has "stolen" an apple and taken it home, which was against the rules as well. Jonas is completely perplexed about why he even broke the rule, something that does get explained later on in the story.
However, by the end of Chapter 4 , Jonas is questioning the community's rules, at least a little....
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