Do you think Jonas still believed it was an honor to have been selected Reciever of memory? cite an excerpt to support your opinion.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that, after a while, Jonas thought it was an honor to be the next Receiver of Memories.  I think that he came to think that the pain was too much.  For an excerpt, just use the first words of Chapter 16.

More than that, though, I would argue that he came to think that it was bad to have a Receiver.  He might have been willing to take the pain if he thought there was a use in him doing so.  But instead, he came to believe that the memories should be released back into the community so that everyone would feel them.

mkcapen1 | Student

After Jonas began to receive pain and comes to an understanding that he will have to live with all of the bad memories as well as the good, and the social isolation that he is now aware of as an emotional response, he started feeling very overwhelmed and unhappy.  He stays at the Giver's home to cry and pull himself together.  The final reality of his position came when he witnessed the release of the twin.  The 6 lb. baby got to live, but the smaller one was injected and put to sleep by Jonas' father.  The infant was then disposed of down a garbage chute like tunnel. 

"I will take care of that, sir." Jonas mimicked in a cruel Sarcastic voice.  "I will do whatever you like sir.  I will kill people, sir."(153) Chapter 20

Jonas has a great deal of difficulty accepting the fate that will be his and later the fate that will become Gabriel's unless he takes action.  Jonas' running away was the result of his displeasure with his role as the receiver