In The Giver, what does Jonas do to help Gabriel sleep? How and why do you think he was able to do that?

In The Giver, Jonas transfers the peaceful memory of sailing on a calm turquoise lake to Gabriel to help him sleep soundly throughout the night. Jonas is able to transfer the memory because Gabriel shares his unique ability to receive and transfer memories.

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Jonas's father has been granted special permission by the committee to nurture Gabriel at night in hopes that he will meet his developmental requirements before the next ceremony. However, Gabriel remains restless at bedtime and he struggles to put him to sleep. Towards the end of chapter 14, Jonas suggests that his father allow Gabriel to sleep in his room throughout the night. Gabriel sleeps soundly for the earliest part of the night but becomes restless in the middle of the night.

Jonas wakes up to the sound of Gabriel whimpering and begins to gently pat his back to settle him down. As Jonas rhythmically pats Gabriel's back, he begins to imagine the peaceful memory of sailing on a breezy day. Jonas completely relaxes as he recalls the calming feeling of cruising on a clear turquoise lake. While he is patting Gabriel's back, Jonas's memory becomes dimmer and he suddenly recognizes that he is transferring the memory to Gabriel, who is sound asleep. Later that night, Gabriel awakens and Jonas deliberately transfers the memory of the calming lake to him.

Jonas is able to transfer the memory because Gabriel is special and has the Capacity to See Beyond, which is extremely rare in their community. Gabriel also has the same pale eyes as Jonas and shares his unique abilities. Jonas and Gabriel are both gifted and have the power to receive and transmit memories of the past. Other citizens, like Asher, cannot receive memories like Gabriel. Jonas continues to transmit peaceful memories to Gabriel, which help him sleep soundly throughout the night.

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