How did these new memories and experiences make Jonas feel? How did they change his understanding of the society he lives in? Provide examples. Early in the book, Jonas had certain beliefs about...

How did these new memories and experiences make Jonas feel? How did they change his understanding of the society he lives in? Provide examples.

Early in the book, Jonas had certain beliefs about the world he lived in. Once he became the Receiver of Memory, he began to experience memories of many things. He also learned a lot of things about his society, some of which were not so good

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

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When Jonas joins The Giver for training, he experiences memories for the first time.  Some of these exhilarate him, such as the sled ride.  Some scare and sadden him, like the battlefield.  Some perplex him, like the memory of grandparents.  He experiences love for the first time, and realizes that things have not always been the same way.  At one time there were families, true families, and love.

These experiences change Jonas forever.  He realizes that things have to change when he finds out what Release really means, and it hits him that the community regularly kills babies, old people and anyone who messes up three times.  This is when he decides to take Gabriel and leave, so that all the memories will be released back and the community will return to the way it was.

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This answer should come quite easily to you, if you have read the book. :) That being said, consider if you will, that you are living in a Utopian society. I use "Utopian" loosely, given that Jonas does not know one way or the other if his life is perfect. It is simply what he knows. So, all of a sudden, Jonas's eyes are opened up to experience life around him. He DOES learn of the good in the world, but he also is made to see the pain circling his society as well. Such is life. Good and bad go hand in hand. Without one, how can you possibly see the worth of the other.

SO! Jonas begins to feel real. He begins to add dimension to his character, because he has the opportunity to feel things for himself. He is introduced to colors and laughter and freedom - which are things he had never yet encountered. Think about Jonas's first memory with the sled and how in just an instant, happiness comes pouring into him. That very innocent joy is never seen within his society. Now he has the power to feel it, but has no one with which to share it. Put yourself in his shoes.

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