From the book The Giver, what are Jonas's feelings and actions?

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In the beginning of The Giver, Jonas blindly and naively accepts what his society has taught him. The depths of this aren't realized until many chapters later, but he lacks the knowledge of color, love, and extended family. He is incredibly law-abiding, even in minor rules, and recalls with a smile the error of a former pilot who was released for his mistake. He is precise with language, struggling to utilize just the right word to ensure his meaning is conveyed exactly. His most pressing worry relates to his upcoming Assignment.

When Jonas begins his training as Receiver of Memory, everything begins to change. Suddenly, he realizes that there is a quality called color in the world around him:

"I'm right, then," The Giver said. "You're beginning to see the color red."

"The what?"

The Giver sighed. "How to explain this? Once, back in the time of the memories, everything had a shape and size, the way things still do, but they also had a quality called color.

"There were a lot of colors, and one of them was called red. That's the one you are starting to see."

When Jonas begins to realize all that has been taken away from members of his society in order to achieve Sameness, his feelings begin to shift:

He found that he was often angry, now: irrationally angry at his groupmates, that they were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.

And as he begins to see that a superficial satisfaction with life is not actually the best way to live, he begins to want more for all of them.

As Jonas spends more time with the Giver, he grows to love him. They share many reflective moments together as Jonas tries to make sense of all the memories he receives, and the Giver "happily" gives Jonas his very favorite memory—of Christmas, with an entire family from young children to grandparents.

Jonas also begins to really love Gabriel and wants him to escape the Release he seems destined for, so he boldly devises a plan with the Giver in an effort to save him and hopefully provide for a better life for the entire community.

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Jonas experiences a variety of feelings throughout the novel, which significantly impact his decisions and the direction of his life. At the beginning of the novel, Jonas expresses his feelings of anxiety and anticipation regarding the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas is nervous about his future assignment and hopes that the Committee of Elders will make the right decision. Before the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is naive and relatively happy with his life. He enjoys interacting with his friends and family and feels comfortable in his structured community. During the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas's name is initially skipped, which fills him with stress. When Jonas is announced as the community's next Receiver of Memory, he is proud, yet concerned about his new assignment. Jonas realizes that he has an extremely important assignment but has no idea what to expect. After Jonas's first training session with the Giver, he experiences a pleasant memory of sled riding, which leaves him feeling happy, excited, and thrilled.

As Jonas's training progresses, the Giver begins sharing difficult memories of the past with Jonas. Jonas experiences extreme pain, war, and loss. These difficult memories depress Jonas, and he begins doubting the structured, determined nature of his community. After Jonas discovers that release is simply a euphemism for murder, his life is completely shattered and he no longer wants to stay in the community. Jonas's anger motivates him to come up with a plan to flee the community and possibly change the nature of his society permanently. Jonas then flees the community with Gabriel and travels to Elsewhere. Jonas is determined not to turn back and continues his difficult journey with Gabriel until he reaches a welcoming village at the bottom of a snowy hill.

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Jonas experiences different feelings throughout the book.  In the beginning, he is apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve.  When the actual ceremony happens and Jonas finds out that he will be the next Giver, he is frightened and confused.  He does not know what will happen in this job.  He only knows that it is important.  Jonas feels a close bond with The Giver.  They share experiences, such as memories of joy, love, and pain.  At first, the pain Jonas feels is minor.  He experiences pain from falling off a sled and getting injured.  Soon he feels agony because of memories of war and hunger.  In the end, Jonas feels conviction.  He realizes that he needs to rescue Gabriel from Release.  He escapes from the Community and he has feelings of fear.  At the end of the book, he has feelings of relief as he sees a comforting scene like his memories.

Jonas's actions at the beginning of the book are whatever is acceptable in the community.  He is careful about his words and actions.  He is kind to his family.  When he becomes the Receiver and has less restrictions, he experiences some level of freedom.  He rides his bike through the community while everyone is at work and school.  He is extra attentive to baby Gabriel.  In the end, Jonas leaves with Gabriel on his bike.  He is cautious so that the search parties will not find them.

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