In The Giver, what was Jonas's goal for his and Gabriel's escape from the community?

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After Jonas witnesses his father release an infant, he panics and refuses to remain in the community. With the Giver's help, Jonas plans on escaping from the community while leaving the Giver behind to help calm the people experiencing the painful, difficult memories for the first time. However, Jonas is forced to escape from his community before he intended to leave in order to save Gabriel from being released. Jonas's primary goal in leaving the community is to save Gabriel's life. Jonas's secondary goal is to alter his society, which is established on the principles of Sameness. Jonas does not have a specific plan of escape once he decides to leave early and quickly takes some food rations before he flees with Gabriel. Jonas's overarching goal is to travel to Elsewhere with Gabriel and possibly find shelter, where he can start a new life with the infant. Fortunately, Jonas avoids the community's search planes and ends up finding a small, cozy village on a snowy night, where he and Gabriel can seek refuge.

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Jonas has to leave the community in order to save Gabriel from Release.  His main goal is to make sure that Gabriel is not killed; aside from that, there is the secondary goal that once he is gone, the Community will get his memories back, and they will begin to move forward into a new era, away from Sameness.

Jonas's plan for the escape is slightly less specific.  He wants to make it to Elsewhere, though he isn't sure how long it will take to get there or what they will do when they arrive.  In the last pages of the book, though, we see a glimpse of his hope for his and Gabe's future:  "Suddenly he was aware with certainty and joy that below, ahead, they were waiting for him; and that they were waiting, too, for the baby" (p. 178-9).  Through Jonas's hope, we can hope for him.

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