What are some notes for chapter 1 and 2 of The Giver?

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When we meet Jonas, he is eleven-years , and he is about to go through the ceremony of 12. Through the details told in the story community in which he lives is extremely structured. The controlling of emotions, sexual desires, careers, and other things seem odd, but not as odd as the idea of "release" which we learn is the fate of the pilot who happened to illegally fly over the community.

We also learn the important value that the society places on language and word choice as Jonas spends so much time trying to define what he is feeling about the ceremony of 12.

We learn that Jonas's parents support the community rules as they willingly participate in the programs such as the nightly sharing of feelings, and their reassurances to Jonas that the community leaders will pick a suitiable career for him. We also learn at the same time that his parents see flaws in the community ways. Jonas's father is a caregiver for new children, and he has brought one of those children home to take care of him. He has broken the rules and looked at the name that will be assigned to the baby ahead of time which is against the rules.