What does Asher want in The Giver?

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Asher is interested in playing games.

Jonas’s friend Asher is playful and enjoys games.  He used to get his words mixed up when he was young, and continued to do so to some degree as he got older—despite being physically and mentally scarred from beatings he took as a toddler for saying the wrong word.

Jonas explains that he does not think there is an assignment for Asher.

"Asher's such fun. But he doesn't really have any serious interests. He makes a game out of everything." (ch 2, p. 17)

His parents explain that everyone gets the right assignment, and Asher is actually training to be Director of Recreation someday, where he can play games all day.  This is an appropriate assignment for Asher, because he enjoys the lighter side of community life.

Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.