In The Giver, what is Jonas' perception of the Giver? Why do you think he is so lonely yet so important to the community?   Did Jonas's first meeting with The Giver match his expectations?

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The Giver is lonely because he is one of the only people in the community with feelings.  Before Jonas joins him, he is the only one.  Jonas does not expect this when he first meets him.  Since Jonas is already nervous when receiving his unusual assignment, he is almost frightened of The Giver at first. In their first meetings he addresses him formally and worries and saying and doing the wrong thing.  The Giver’s loneliness makes it hard for him to allow Jonas in, but once he does the two come to understand each other and care for each other deeply.  The Giver teaches Jonas to love, and opens him up the world of emotions and feelings through the memories he shares.

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