What did Jonas give up for freedom?  What did he gain?  

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In the popular children`s tale, The Giver, the protagonist leaves a secure established life with his family and community. In his world, everything is regulated and everyone has a place and purpose. On a superficial level, the society appears to be a utopia. As Jonas progresses in his career and learns what lies behind the façade of the perfect society, he decides to leave. Although he loses certainty, community, and the illusion of a harmonious life, he gains the life of his brother (who was scheduled to be killed), his freedom, the ability to stop being hypocritical, and authenticity. The uncertainty of his new life `elsewhere` is itself part of the freedom he gains.