Comparing and contrasting Jonas from the beginning of the novel until the end of the storyType a well-developed essay comparing and contrasting Jonas from the beginning of the novel until the end...

Comparing and contrasting Jonas from the beginning of the novel until the end of the story

Type a well-developed essay comparing and contrasting Jonas from the beginning of the novel until the end of the story. Be sure to support you essay with evidence from the text, and use comparison organization and appropriate transitions.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Even from the beginning of the novel, though, Jonas is different from the other people in the community.  This does not really change over the course of the novel.  It just becomes more pronounced.  Even before he is chosen, he is more attuned to emotions than others.  Even before he is chosen, he can sometimes see colors.  So, for the "compare" part of this paper, you should point out that he is more sensitive than most others in the community from the very beginning.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Jonas begins as an average boy who has completely bought into the system of sameness. His time with the Giver allows him to experience thoughts and visions that others cannot. He slowly sees that things are not always what they seem in the community, and his own humanity finally emerges in the end when he attempts to leave his little world. He has grown and experienced things that few others in the community could ever wish to imagine. 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Jonas changes quite a bit from the beginning of the book to the end. In the beginning, he is just like any other member of the community. He does not know the truth about his community, and just accepts the sameness. Once he becomes the Reciever of Memory, he learns from the memories. He realizes that this community is not prefect, and people are being deceived. He becomes subversive, and eventually runs away in order to rescue Gabriel.
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asyabavbek | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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At the very first beginning Jonas was a normal and adjusted member of the community. He obeyed all the rules and didn't do anything wrong. His change began after he started to receive the memories. He learned new words like 'hill, sled,sunburn etc.' At first he was only experiencing happy memories but after some time The Giver decided to transmit him the painful memories. After that he felt the real pain which was different than the pain he felt when he fell down on his bike. He realized how empty their community was. No one had feelings except Jonas and The Giver. Jonas started to see the colors and the major change was the one when he watched his father releasing one of the twins. He figured out that everything was fake in their community, the rules against lying was fake too.
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dilaraergul | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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before his assignment he had never told a lie or hide something from his family but after being Receiver of memory, he started to tell lies and hide something because of his jobs' rules. In addition, he gave up taking pills for stirrings however he didn't tell it to parents.

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utkubeskonakli | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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There is a huge difference in Jonas before assignment/memories and after them. Before the memories he is just a part of the community. For example, he takes piils, doesn't lie, shares dreams and corrects Asher's mistakes. He has no questions in his mind. However, after the memories, he starts to feel, see colours. Also, he got wisdom. He starts to think people should see and feel. Therefore, he does things to make people feel. For instance, he warned the children about the effects of war and tries to talk Lily about elephants. But they don't mind him. He understands that he can't change things like that and finally, he leaves the community just to make people feel, see and hear.

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