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How does Jonas show integrity, wisdom, intelligence, courage, and "the capacity to see beyond" in The Giver?

Jonas shows integrity in The Giver in his dream-telling sessions with his parents. He demonstrates wisdom as he determines to change his community. Jonas shows courage when he leaves the community for Elsewhere. The "capacity to see beyond" is not understood by the majority of the community, because they are deprived of seeing in color. Jonas doesn't understand this either, until the Giver provides additional memories of the color red, which Jonas has already begun to see.

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Jonas shows great integrity in his daily interactions in the community, which is one reason he is singled out as a potential Receiver of Memory. Jonas follows the rules, is always prompt, and confesses his shortcomings as required. One example is the time when Jonas had a sexual dream about Fiona. Since telling parents about their dreams is required of all children, Jonas follows through, even though he considers this an awkward conversation he would rather avoid. And, in fact, his parents would never have known if he had kept this information to himself. Yet Jonas is honest and reports his dreams of "wanting" to his parents immediately, as required.

Jonas demonstrates great wisdom and intelligence as he begins to evaluate their community's common beliefs. This becomes especially evident after Jonas receives the memories of grandparents and love. Although he doesn't immediately see the value of this former way of life, these memories ignite a desire in Jonas to change their society. He...

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