What shocking realization comes to Jonas as he watches the release of the twin baby? How does Jonas's reaction to the release of the twin help The Giver?

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Jonas finally comes to realize that the "release" is nothing more than another word for murder in Lois Lowry's novel The Giver. He views the killing of the perfectly healthy twin as evil. He also discovers that his father has lied to him for years about the true concept of "releasing," and that he, too, is nothing but a sanctioned murderer. The Giver is pleased to see Jonas' humane reaction, and he knows that Jonas will not follow in his own footsteps after all--a realization that makes The Giver a happier man.

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