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In The Giver, how did Jonas's relationship with his parents and friends change after he received his Life Assignment?

In The Giver, Jonas's relationship with his parents and friends becomes significantly more complicated and difficult after he receives his Assignment. As the community's Receiver of Memory, Jonas becomes distant from his friends and family and feels like an outcast among them. Jonas's new perspective on life and the restrictions attached to his Assignment are significant obstacles preventing him from maintaining close relationships with his parents and friends.

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Prior to becoming the community's Receiver of Memory, Jonas enjoys his mundane, typical lifestyle, which is relatively boring and uneventful. He conforms to the community's standards and obediently participates in the required mealtime rituals. Jonas fits in perfectly with his community members, gets along with his peers, and enjoys a friendly relationship with his parents. Although Jonas and his family do not share strong feelings for each other, Jonas is content with his uniform, structured life. However, Jonas's life dramatically changes during the December Ceremony when he is selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory, which is a revered, honorable position.

As the Receiver of Memory, Jonas is identified as being different from his peers, which is an unsettling feeling to him. Jonas feels like an outsider, and his peers become suspicious of him following the ceremony. Jonas experiences the feeling of separateness and is anxious about training by himself. Not only does...

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