What does it mean that the Receiver insists that he has honor, but not power, in The Giver. What is the difference?
The Receiver of Memory is a position of honor because it is well-respected, but the position has very little power because all the Receiver can do is make recommendations to the Elders.
Honor means people respect you. Power means you make decisions for others.
Honor is an important concept in Jonas’s community. A person strives for honor. For example, when Lily suggests she wants to be a Birthmother, her mother chides her because there is “very little honor in that Assignment" (ch 3, p. 21). This implies that honor is important to her.
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