Compare the relationship between Jonas and the Giver to Jonas' relationship with his family unit in The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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Initially, Jonas enjoys spending time with his family members and participating in the required evening and morning rituals. Jonas feels comfortable around his family and is not afraid to express his emotions, feelings, and concerns. Jonas also trusts his mother and father, who are depicted as kind, obedient people. They listen to Jonas, sympathize with his problems, and give him valuable advice.

Despite their warm, open relationship, Jonas does not have a deep, meaningful connection with his parents. After Jonas is selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory, he immediately feels distant from his family members and cannot share his significant experiences with them. As Jonas's training sessions progress, he begins to resent his parents and recognizes that they are emotionally shallow, ignorant individuals. They do not understand the concept of love, and Jonas discovers that he has been lied to his entire life after witnessing his father release an infant. Once Jonas discovers...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 12, 2020