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...
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 carefully thinks about his society and evaluates how the lack of love impacts their relationships. He comes to understand based on the wisdom he acquires that it is worth risking pain in order to gain love.
Jonas's moment of greatest courage is when he decides to leave the community with Gabriel so that the memories can be released to the people. He doesn't really know what he will find Elsewhere, and he certainly isn't well-skilled in taking care of an infant. He isn't sure how long they will have to travel and finds that the weather is harsh. Jonas has lived a predictable, safe, and pain-free life for his twelve years and chooses to intentionally walk into the unknown so that he can both save his community from a meaningless existence and so that he can save Gabriel's life.
The "capacity to see beyond" is one of the traits that marks Jonas as a likely potential Receiver of Memory. He comes to understand that his community is deprived of seeing in color, and Jonas notices that he can see the color red first by noticing how an apple "changes" as he tosses it with Asher. He doesn't understand the quality of color until the Giver explains it to him later, giving him another memory with the color red.