What is Jonas's reaction to the first memory? What about the Giver?

Jonas finds the first memory he receives to be startling and thrilling. Jonas thoroughly enjoys the fun experience of sledding down a snowy hill and is surprised by the vivid memory. He is also excited by the sensation of snow and moving at a high speed during the memory, and he is surprised that he can simultaneously experience two separate consciousnesses. The Giver is completely exhausted after transferring the memory and feels like a weight has been lifted from him.

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In chapter 11, Jonas receives his first memory from the Giver during their training session and experiences the thrilling sensation of sledding down a steep, snowy hill. Initially, Jonas can only feel the Giver's hands on his back and tries his best to relax as the Giver begins transferring the memory. Suddenly, Jonas shivers and can feel the cold environment. Jonas finds the experience startling and enjoys the sensation of soft snow touching his body. Jonas is also aware that one part of his consciousness is in the Annex with the Giver while a separate part of his being is seated on a sled at the top of a snowy hill.

Jonas's new consciousness recognizes the words "sled" and "hill" before he begins his exciting ride. As Jonas travels downhill, he is overwhelmed by "the speed, the clear cold air, the total silence, the feeling of balance and excitement and peace." Finally, the snow accumulates around the runners at the bottom of the hill, and the memory comes to an end. Following the experience, Jonas tells the Giver that he felt surprised and thoroughly enjoyed the memory. The Giver explains to Jonas that he feels exhausted because retrieving and transferring a distant memory is extremely difficult and taxing. The Giver also mentions that he feels as if a small weight has been lifted from his consciousness. Overall, Jonas enjoys the fun memory of sledding down a snowy hill, while the Giver is completely exhausted after transferring the distant memory.

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The first memory that the Giver transfers to Jonas is the exhilarating memory of sled riding down a snowy hill on a cold winter day. While the Giver is transferring the memory to Jonas, Jonas is thrilled to experience the exciting ride down the snowy hill. Once the sled ride ends, Jonas opens his eyes, and the Giver asks him how he feels. Jonas responds by telling the Giver that he feels surprised. After the Giver explains to Jonas that he no longer has the memory of sled riding down a hill, Jonas feels guilty and somewhat greedy for taking such a fun memory away from the Giver. In addition to feeling surprised and guilty, Jonas also feels perplexed. After experiencing the memory of sled riding, Jonas is suddenly full of numerous questions concerning the absence of things such as winter, snow, hills, and sleds.

In regard to the Giver's reaction to transferring the first memory of sled riding to Jonas, he tells Jonas that he feels quite exhausted because it was difficult for him to retrieve such an old memory. Apparently, the older a memory is, the harder it is for the Giver to retrieve and transfer it to Jonas. The Giver also informs Jonas that he feels lighter, like a weight has been lifted off his old body. The Giver also explains to Jonas that he has thousands of memories that he can transfer to him in their future sessions.

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For his first experience as the Receiver, Jonas receives a memory of snow. He feels the cold air and the sensation of snow flakes landing on his skin and tongue. Though he is actually lying on a bed with his eyes closed, Jonas experiences the sights and sensations of the memory being transmitted. His mind seems to know the appropriate word for each new object or experience.

When the memory transmission ends, and the Giver asks Jonas how he feels, Jonas replies that he is "surprised." He is eager for his next experience. The Giver then shares with Jonas that by transmitting the memory to Jonas, he feels exhausted but "lightened." Jonas learns that although the Giver has many memories similar to the one he gave to Jonas, the Giver no longer possesses that particular memory.

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The first memory that Jonas receives is in chapter 11 of Lowry's The Giver. It is also the same memory that the Giver himself received when he was in training as a young boy. The first memory is of the cold, a sled, and sliding down a hill of snow. Jonas, who has never experienced cold or snow, has an "exhilarating ride" (82). The Giver asks how he feels and Jonas uses the word surprised to describe the experience. But Jonas then learns that not only did he receive that memory, but the Giver actually gave it away. The Giver feels relieved, though--as if a light load has been lifted from his shoulders. Then Jonas feels guilty that he has the memory of sledding down the hill, but the Giver does not. He says the following:

"But it was such fun! And now you don't have it anymore! I took it from you!" (83).

The Giver explains that one memory does not compare to the thousands more that he has. The main idea to know from this scene is that the memories physically, psychologically, and emotionally weigh the Giver down. There is pain associated with bearing the weight of those memories. This means that Jonas will eventually bear the whole of this burden and the Giver will feel more and more relieved. 

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