How did Jonas feel after he was assigned to be the new Receiver of Memory in The Giver?

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First things first, we need to establish what the Receiver of Memory is. In a nutshell, the Receiver is the only person who’s mind stores the collective memories of the community. In this world, masterfully created by Lois Lowry, everybody has the same things, they all work together for the good of the community and, thanks to medication, they are numbed to emotion. In this world, it is deemed necessary for one person to store all the memories from the past, just in case they are needed one day.

When the title of Receiver is bestowed upon Jonas, he feels a natural blend of fear and a type of elation that comes from the crowd cheering and chanting his name. I think it would also be natural for Jonas to have felt a little embarrassed, although the book does not tell us this, because the Chief Elder spent time singing Jonas’s praises to the audience as part of his explanation for why Jonas had been chosen.

Later that evening, after the furor has died down, Jonas starts reading more about what the designation of Receiver requires, and his anxiety levels begin to grow. He also begins to realize that his new role is going to mean living a life of solitude and loneliness.

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"Precision of language" is a necessity in the community in which Jonas lives. After dinner during their nightly ritual of sharing their feelings, Jonas' family describes feelings experienced by each member that day. Jonas uses the word "apprehensive" to share how he feels about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, when the Chief Elder names Jonas as The Receiver, he feels scared. The Chief Elder states that The Receiver should be brave, but Jonas "did not feel brave at all." He experiences anxiety and feels that he does not possess the qualities the Chief Elder describes as being necessary for the position. However, as the audience chants his name, Jonas feels "gratitude and pride." It is after the ceremony that, for the first time, Jonas recalls feeling different from the other community members.

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Jonas experiences conflicting emotions after he is chosen to be the community's next Receiver of Memory. Jonas is initially relieved when the Chief Elder explains why she skipped his name and is puzzled by the way that she briefly describes his enigmatic position. The Chief Elder tells the audience that Jonas’s selection is significant and celebrates Jonas's numerous positive attributes which make him qualified to be the next Receiver of Memory. Despite being afraid that he does not possess the Capacity to See Beyond, Jonas is filled with gratitude and pride as the audience begins chanting his name. Even though Jonas is proud of his new assignment, he remains apprehensive and is "filled with fear" because he does not know what to expect. In addition to feeling proud and afraid, Jonas also feels separate and different. He understands that his assignment requires him to be alone, which makes him feel like an outcast. Later that night, Jonas reads the rules for his assignment and becomes even more perplexed and anxious about being assigned to be the community’s next Receiver of Memory.

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Jonas is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memory at the very end of chapter 8.  The reader learns about his emotional state at the end of that chapter and throughout chapter 9.  

After Jonas's job is announced to the community, everybody begins chanting his name.  Jonas feels honored and proud at this moment. . . and terrified all at the same time.  He knows it's an honor and a big responsibility.  

His heart swelled with gratitude and pride. But at the same time he was filled with fear. He did not know what his selection meant. He did not know what he was to become. Or what would become of him.

Then chapter 9 begins, and Jonas's feelings begin to change to dread and loneliness.  

Now, for the first time in his twelve years of life, Jonas felt separate, different. He remembered what the Chief Elder had said: that his training would be alone and apart.

The full impact of what he has been assigned hits, and Jonas is scared.  The Receiver of Memory is not a common assignment.  To make matters worse, the previous Receiver flunked out and was never heard from again.  In fact, her name is forbidden to be spoken.  That's a big deal in Jonas's community.  To make matters worse, his parents refuse to talk about what happened to the previous Receiver.  

But his parents looked blank. "We don't know," his father said uncomfortably. "We never saw her again."

As Jonas reads through his training instructions, he learns that he is not allowed to discuss any of his training with other people.  That compounds his feelings of solitude.  By the end of chapter 9, it is clear that Jonas is not glad to be the new Receiver of Memory.  

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