The ending? What do you think happened at the end of the book called "The Giver"?

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I think that the ending of The Giver is simply brilliant.  The author gets us hooked on this story and attached to the characters, and then gives us an ambiguous ending!  I think that the ending allows us to make our own story for Jonas and Gabe.  I would hate to think that they died, although much of the evidence seems to point that way.  Yet even if they died, the book raises the question of an afterlife.  Many people in our world believe in Heaven, so they believe in an afterlife.  It would be sad if Elsewhere was not a real place, but really an afterlife, but it would also be kind of uplifting too.  It would mean that all of the people who died on the altar of sameness did not cease to exist, but really did go to a better place.

Elsewhere is not really described in detail in the book, but there are many hints that it is a positive place.  After all, the memories stored in Jonas and The Giver came from somewhere, and are being kept alive somehow.  From the ending, it seems that Elsewhere is a happy and positive place, whether or not it is a real place or an afterlife.

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This is a question that has been discussed on this board before. You may want to read previous discussions like this one:

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The ending is debatable, and really depends on how you read into it. I like to think that Jonas and Gabe reached Elsewhere, a place that is more like the world we know, with colors and music and emotions. However, the other way of reading the ending is to see it as Jonas' hallucinations as Jonas and Gabe die, or the last memories from the Giver that Jonas has, leaving...

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There are two possibilities in the giver at the end of the book. First one is they may both survive by helping of Jonas's memories. Or the other possibility is they both die and it may happen like this. Firstly Jonas dies because of weather and hunger then Gabe dies because of not living without someone.

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