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Where does Jonas show courage and integrity?

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Jonas shows courage in a lot of ways in this book. For example:

  • He shows courage when he starts to learn about pain in the memories he is given.  He has to keep going back for more even when some of them (like the war) are very painful.
  • He shows it even more when he decides to take Gabe and leave the community.  He surely knows that he will die if he is caught, but he does it anyway.

To me, this is also his biggest show of integrity.  He believes that what his society is doing is not right.  So he decides that he is not going to just allow it to keep happening, even though that would be the easiest thing to do.  I think this shows integrity.

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In the book "The Giver" Jonas demonstrates courage and integrality in his willingness to continue to become a receiver even after feeling the bad feelings of pain and suffering. He also is brave enough to begin to take on the task of questioning his society and the way things are done. In the end of the book Jonas steps forward to rescue Gabriel who is going to be released. He could have left him behind when he ran away, but he knew it would mean the child's death. Jonas is also brave because he faces the unknown as he heads off on the other side of the river to places he has no idea about. He has no real plan or support outside of his community. He also bravely acts upon his choice knowing that there will be no turning back for him.