What are some adjectives that describe Jonas' physical attributes in The Giver?

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Jonas starts out as a typical eleven-year-old, care free and intelligent; after his twelfth birthday, he changes.  His most notable physical characteristic is his unusual eyes,  they are pale, while everyone else’s are brown, and he has the ability to see things change in a way that he cannot explain.  He is uncomfortable with attention he receives when he  singled out as the new Receiver; he prefers to blend in with his friends.  As the novel progresses he increases in sensitivity and his kindness to and interest in people.   He is a naturally curious boy, and within a year of training, he becomes extremely sensitive to beauty, pleasure, and suffering,  and deeply loving toward his family and the Giver.  He is fiercely passionate about his new beliefs and feelings. Things about the community that used to be mildly perplexing or troubling to him are now powerfully frustrating or depressing, and Jonas’s inherent concern for others and desire for justice makes him yearn to make changes in the community, both to awaken other people to the richness of life and to stop the casual cruelty that is practiced in the community.

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Physically, Jonas is like every other 12 year old boy, except that he has pale eyes, whereas nearly everybody else has brown eyes. It is significant that his eyes are different because they reveal how his perceptions and sensitivities are more enhanced than even most adults. It is because of these sensitivities that Jonas is chosen as Receiver of Memory, but cannot accept what that job entails.

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he has pale eyes and is obidient

 

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