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What are some internal or external conflicts that occur in The Giver? Include the chapter and what kind of conflict Jonas encounters.

Some conflicts in The Giver include an external conflict between Jonas and his society, an inner conflict of Jonas versus himself, and various external conflicts with others in his society as Jonas gains information about the past that they lack.

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The central conflict of The Giver is Jonas versus his society. Although he accepts his society's rules without question early in the novel, through his work with the Giver, Jonas realizes that the decisions made for citizens are not as fair as they are created to be. In chapter 19, when he learns that his father kills newborns, putting young Gabriel in danger of actual death, it is almost too much for Jonas to bear. He realizes that he and the Giver are the only ones who experience true feelings because they are the only ones who share the memories of the past. This is pivotal in Jonas's decision to try to create a new future for the people of their world.

The decision to leave, allowing the memories to be returned to their community, creates a conflict of Jonas versus himself. In chapter 20 , he doubts himself and wants the Giver to come with him. The Giver reminds him that the people will need someone to guide them through the pain of feelings they have never had to process. Jonas begs the...

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