I have a question about release of twin babies and The Giver. What shocking realization comes to Jonas as he watches the release of the twin baby? How does Jonas' reaction to the release of...

I have a question about release of twin babies and The Giver.

What shocking realization comes to Jonas as he watches the release of the twin baby? How does Jonas' reaction to the release of the twin help The Giver?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Jonas finally comes to realize that the "release" is nothing more than another word for murder in Lois Lowry's novel The Giver. He views the killing of the perfectly healthy twin as evil. He also discovers that his father has lied to him for years about the true concept of "releasing," and that he, too, is nothing but a sanctioned murderer. The Giver is pleased to see Jonas' humane reaction, and he knows that Jonas will not follow in his own footsteps after all--a realization that makes The Giver a happier man.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Prior to observing the twins with his father Jonas had no idea that the release of a person constituted murder.  Jonas is brought by the giver to observe his father at the nursery.  His father is a nurturer.

Twin boys have been born and Jonas sees his father weighing them.  His father hands the larger of the two infants to another person to clean and dress him.  Although both babies are healthy only one will be kept.  The other infant who is a few ounces less in weight is injected in the head with a needle.  Jonas believes initially that the infant is getting his shots, but when the needle goes into the infants top, the infant cries and eventually falls limp.

Jonas' father puts the dead infant in a small box and it is then thrown down a shoot that is like a trash shoot.  Jonas is shocked.  The giver knew that this would be a difficult realization for Jonas.

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