What is Jonas's assignment in The Giver?

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"'Jonas has not been assigned . . . Jonas has been selected . . . Such a selection is very, very rare,' the Chief Elder told the audience" (60).

Jonas is selected to be the Receiver-in-Training because he has been observed by the elders, especially by the current Receiver of Memory, and has demonstrated that he has all of the qualities needed in order to be successful. The Chief Elder says that Jonas has intelligence, integrity, courage, and the ability to "see beyond," which will help him to acquire wisdom as he trains with the Receiver. Jonas will be set apart from his peers in order to be successful in his training. He will bear the burdens of the whole world on his shoulders, and this is amazing because he starts this training as a twelve-year-old! That's a lot to ask for one so young. Over the course of the book, Jonas trains for a year before he learns enough about the community to decide he does not want to accept this assignment. In fact, he chooses to completely change the...

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