What is the experience Jonas is having? How similar to a memory is it?  How does this make what happens at the end of book confusing?Dimily,from nearly forgotten perception as blurred as the...

What is the experience Jonas is having? How similar to a memory is it?  How does this make what happens at the end of book confusing?

Dimily,from nearly forgotten perception as blurred as the substance itself,Jonas recalled what the whiteness was?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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What's happening here is that the memories that the Giver gave Jonas are leaving him and going back to the community.  I believe that what he is left with is much more like what we think of as memory than what the Giver gave him.  The things the Giver gave Jonas are too detailed and sharp to be our kinds of memory.

What's a bit confusing is how his memory of the sled and the hill and the music and all of that stuff is so clear.  If he's losing the rest of the memories, why doesn't he lose this one too?

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iliekmudkipz | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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To those who think that Jonas is dead, he is not. The sequel includes him, the leader of another village with pale blue eyes and "the sight". Not only that, but in this very village, there is a teenager named Gabriel.
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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The first memory that Jonas is given in "The Giver" is the memory of being on a sled going down a hill.  The experience is thrilling ad he feels the sense of energy and a cool air.  He is aware he is in the annex but he is still somewhere in his mind, somewhere else. 

Jonas is not really experiencing the activity, but he is sensing it as if it is happening to him.  It is like remembering something and like he is participating in it for the first time.

At the end of the story Jonas actually begins to have the experience.  He has Gabriel with him when he is escaping from the community.  He has reached snow.  He becomes aware that what’s happening to him will be his own memory.  Jonas finds a sled.  Jonas is losing consciousness and trying to remain alert.  He is going down the hill on the sled. 

The reader is uncertain if Jonas' experience is his death experience or if he really is making a new memory.

 

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