What are the differences and similarities between Jonas and The Giver? 

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The main difference between Jonas and the Giver is the fact that Jonas is the neophyte and the Giver is the wizened old man; they are similar in that they possess sensitivities that other members of the community lack.

The Giver has the weight of experience and knowledge that he must now pass to his Receiver, Jonas. Nevertheless, the older man and the boy share such qualities as heightened perceptual powers, a sense of their difference from others in their society, high levels of intelligence, sensitivity to those around them, concern for other people, and honesty. Yet, while Jonas receives the Giver's memories, he takes them into his mind in a manner different from that of the Giver; that is, he does not readily accept everything. For example, when the Giver speaks to Jonas about the choice to go to Sameness, he explains,

When we...did away with differences....[W]e gained control of many things. But we had...

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they are both receivers of memory

the giver is old jonas is young

they are both male

 

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