In chapters 1-7, Jonas describes his everyday life and attends the Ceremony of Twelve.
In the beginning, Jonas is worried about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve. It is an important milestone in his life, a rite of passage where he will be assigned a career and take the first steps to becoming an adult. He is nervous, and his parents reassure him. They are not his biological parents. Every child is raised by a man and a woman who form a family unit for two children, a boy and a girl.
Jonas seems to have a typical life. His father is a Nurturer and his family of one boy and one girl is joined temporarily by a year old baby boy named Gabriel. His mother works for the Department of Justice, and both of his parents enforce the rules and procedures of the community perfectly. Jonas attends school and plays with his friend Asher.
One day, Jonas is playing catch with Asher. As they are tossing an apple back and forth, Jonas notices the apple change. He is not sure what it means, and Asher did not notice anything.
When the Ceremony of Twelve comes around, each of Jonas’s classmates is called forward and given an assignment. When it is Jonas’s turn, the Chief Elder skips him. Jonas is very worried.
But she had skipped him. He saw the others in his group glance at him, embarrassed, and then avert their eyes quickly. He saw a worried look on the face of his group leader. (Ch. 7, p. 57)
The reader does not find out until the next chapter that Jonas was skipped for a good reason. He was selected as the new Receiver of Memory, which is a very prestigious assignment. Jonas was not expecting the honor though, and spends a few uncomfortable minutes thinking he did something wrong.
The exposition of the story very carefully introduces the world of the community to the reader. As the reader slowly realizes that the book is science fiction, more and more strange things happen. The end of Chapter 7 is one of the most suspenseful parts of the book, because the reader is not sure what has happened to Jonas and if something is really wrong.
Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book) (p. 57). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
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