What is the importance of Jonas's dream in chapter 12 of The Giver ?

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The dream which Jonas experiences acts as foreshadowing of his eventual actions. 

Always, in the dream, it seemed as if there were a destination:  a something...that lay beyond the place where the thickness of snow brought the sled to a stop.

Awakened in Jonas are many feelings, especially that there is a place where there is more, more than he has felt, more than he has seen. Now that Jonas has had experiences of snow and sunshine and pleasure and pain, he realizes that he can no longer relate to the other Twelves. Therefore, he yearns for another place where he can be with others who sense what he has sensed. He also desires to get away from the bland world of no color and sameness--a world where little occurs. In, Jonas feelings and sensations have been awakened that crave fulfillment. For, he is now changed and cannot return to what he once was.