What was strange about the reaction to the airplane?

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mikkiblack eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The airplane fly-over is one of the first events that lead us, as readers, to realize that something is very wrong in Jonas's world.  His world isn't just different or strange; there's something just not right about it.

The intensity of the reaction alone should give you a few clues about its strangeness.  Think about it: when was the last time you even noticed a plane flying over?  Compare your reaction to planes with those of The Giver's characters, and you'll see what was so strange.