What is The Giver's favorite memory?

The Giver's favorite memory is a family gathering together to celebrate Christmas. The Giver shares this memory with Jonas in chapter 16, and Jonas experiences the feeling of love for the first time as the extended family opens their presents together.

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Jonas asks the Giver for his favorite memory, but then quickly says that the Giver doesn't have to give it to him yet. The Giver, however, is happy to do so.  

Jonas immediately feels the joy from the memory. The memory includes a room with a fireplace, colored...

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Jonas asks the Giver for his favorite memory, but then quickly says that the Giver doesn't have to give it to him yet. The Giver, however, is happy to do so.  

Jonas immediately feels the joy from the memory. The memory includes a room with a fireplace, colored lights on a tree (which Jonas finds odd because the tree is inside the house), cooking food, laughter, and pets. Jonas also describes brightly colored packages on the floor and children opening them while parents and grandparents watch. He has never been exposed to the concept of a "grandparent" before, so the Giver explains this to him.  

At the end of the memory, the first word Jonas uses to describe it is warmth. He then adds that he felt family. After discussing grandparents with the Giver, Jonas asks what the emotion in the memory was, and the Giver tells him it was love.  Jonas expresses to the Giver that the family arrangement in the memory isn't very practical, but that he liked it and wishes that he lived that way.  He finally realizes that love involves risk, but he can't put his finger on exactly why.

The reader is left to assume that the memory the Giver shared with him was probably that of a Christmas because of the lights, family, and presents.

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The Giver's favorite memory is described in Chapter 16. It's not named as Christmas, but it seems to be a family Christmas. It is a multi-generational family celebration when presents are exchanged. It's not wild, but the people are loving, and there is strong connection among them.

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In chapter 15, the Giver transmits a traumatic memory of war to Jonas. Jonas experiences the horrors of being seriously injured on a bloody battlefield and witnesses death all around him. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, Jonas continues his training sessions, but the Giver takes it easier on him. In chapter 16, Jonas asks the Giver what his favorite memory is, and the Giver proceeds to transfer the pleasant memory of an extended family spending Christmas together. As soon as Jonas closes his eyes, he is filled with joy and the feeling of happiness that surrounds him.

Jonas also sees a room filled with people of different ages sitting by a warm hearth as they open presents wrapped in colorful packaging. Jonas watches as children hug their parents and interact with their grandparents, which is a concept foreign to Jonas. After receiving the memory, Jonas inquires about the older people in the memory, and the Giver explains to him the concept of grandparents. Jonas supports the idea of having a relationship with grandparents but recognizes that it would be difficult to even discover the identity of his grandparents.

The Giver also explains that Jonas was experiencing the feeling of love throughout the memory. Love is an extremely strong emotion that is completely absent in Jonas's community. Following the joyful memory, Jonas is upset that Sameness has eliminated grandparents from society and suppressed the feeling of love.

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 16 of The Giver. Jonas actually asks what the Giver's favorite memory is, but then he quickly backpedals and says that the Giver doesn't have to give it to him yet. 

"What is your favorite?" Jonas asked the Giver. "You don't have to give it away yet," he added quickly. "Just tell me about it, so I can look forward to it, because I'll have to receive it when your job is done." 

The Giver responds by saying that he would be happy to share his favorite memory with Jonas. The memory that he shares is a memory of a family at Christmas time. The memory contains a fire in the fireplace, candles on the table, snow falling outside, and lights on a tree that is inside the house. Jonas finds that last detail a bit odd, but that doesn't stop him from thoroughly enjoying the general feeling of the entire memory. Jonas witnesses the family sitting together and enjoying the company. The Giver asks Jonas what he felt, and Jonas describes two specific things. He explains that he felt "warmth" and "family." Jonas also says that he experienced a third feeling that he can't quite describe. The Giver tells him that the feeling is love, and the concept is completely new to Jonas.

"I certainly liked the memory, though.  I can see why it's your favorite. I couldn't quite get the word for the whole feeling of it, the feeling that was so strong in the room." 

"Love," the Giver told him. 

Jonas repeated it. "Love." It was a word and concept new to him. 

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