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How does Jonas learn of love in The Giver

Jonas learns of love during his training when he receives a memory of a family celebrating Christmas. Jonas is surprised to see "old people," as in his community older adults do not interact with their families. In his society, people do not form strong ties, and love is not a concept Jonas recognizes. He realizes that he will probably never see his parents after he moves into his own home and that this is perfectly normal in Jonas's society.

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Jonas learns about the concept of love during a particular training session with the Giver. As the community's Receiver of Memory, Jonas has the unique opportunity to experience memories of the past before Sameness. During his training sessions, the Giver transfers memories to Jonas, which dramatically enhances his perspective of the world and influences him to question and critique his mundane, highly-organized community. After the Giver transfers the traumatic memory of war to Jonas, he attempts to comfort him by sharing a pleasant memory of family opening gifts together at Christmas.

Following the pleasant experience, Jonas asks about the older people in the memory, and the Giver explains to him the concept of grandparents. Jonas also acknowledges that he felt a strong feeling throughout the room in the memory, and the Giver tells him that he was experiencing the feeling of love. In Jonas's community, strong emotions are nonexistent and the concept of love is foreign to the shallow...

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