How are Jonas's feelings different from his family's feelings in Chapter 17 of The Giver?  

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In this chapter, Jonas is thinking about how much the memories that the Giver has given him have changed his life.  He is thinking about how those memories make him different from his family.

What he is saying in this chapter is that their feelings are not real.  They think they know what it means to be angry or sad, but they really do not.  It's as if they know the definitions, but not the actual way it feels to be sad or angry.

Jonas has actually felt the real things now and he realizes that they can't be made to go away quickly -- his feelings are much more intense and real than the versions that his family "feels."

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In the beginning of the chapter there is the announcement of a holiday.  Holiday's are unusual and so Jonas and his family members are happy.  Jonas has lost interest in school and he realizes that he feels happier than he had felt happiness in the past.  He begins to realize that his feelings have reached a new depth.

With his realization comes the realization that he does not feel things the same way that his family does.  He uses Lily's expression of anger at a new schoolmate when she had visited another school.  Lily had said she was really angry.  Jonas now realizes that her sense of anger has no true definition of the feeling.  She had not really felt the feeling as Jonas now knows it.

When Jonas hears his mother say that she had felt sad, he knows that she had not felt true sadness and how deep the sensation of sadness was.  He sees Asher playing war and he recalls the pain of the soldier dying.  It becomes too intense for him and he tries to make Asher quit playing the game.

Jonas has become aware that he no longer can relate to the members in his community and that he feels and it isolates him from them.  He also sees what kind of life he will have socially isolated from all others and carrying the weight of emotions all by himself.  He suffers loss at all he had known which has been replaced with his new realization of social isolation.

 

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 in the beginning of the chapter there is the announcement of a holiday.  Holiday's are unusual and so Jonas and his family members are happy.  Jonas has lost interest in school and he realizes that he feels happier than he had felt happiness in the past.  He begins to realize that his feelings have reached a new depth.

With his realization comes the realization that he does not feel things the same way that his family does.  He uses Lily's expression of anger at a new schoolmate when she had visited another school.  Lily had said she was really angry.  Jonas now realizes that her sense of anger has no true definition of the feeling.  She had not really felt the feeling as Jonas now knows it.

When Jonas hears his mother say that she had felt sad, he knows that she had not felt true sadness and how deep the sensation of sadness was.  He sees Asher playing war and he recalls the pain of the soldier dying.  It becomes too intense for him and he tries to make Asher quit playing the game.

Jonas has become aware that he no longer can relate to the members in his community and that he feels and it isolates him from them.  He also sees what kind of life he will have socially isolated from all others and carrying the weight of emotions all by himself.  He suffers loss at all he had known which has been replaced with his new realization of social isolation.

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