What are Jonas's inner desires in The Giver?

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Jonas’s inner desires do change throughout the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry . As a child, it would appear that his inner desires align with those of everyone else (all the other "contributing citizen[s]") in the community where he lives—namely, to uphold the community standards and expectations for its members. For instance, Jonas understands and is taught from a young age that to be "released" from the community, in the jargon thereof, is a very negative thing, "a final decision, a terrible punishment, an overwhelming statement of failure," and when he jokes about it as a child, he is firmly reprimanded and feels "guilt and embarrassment" (2–3) accordingly at not having acted in a way that aligned with his inner desires (his integrity, if you will) to...

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