Why did The Giver decide to stay behind to help the community in The Giver?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you can find this answer at the very end of Chapter 20.  The Giver does not want to come with Jonas because he wants to be with his daughter once he has finished his work.  What this means is that he wants to die.

Since I am not him, I cannot be sure if he made the right decision.  He must surely have been quite sad about the way things have gone in his life.  He loved his daughter, but the society that he lived in (and that he was very important in) caused her to die.  In that situation, you can see where he might not want to live any longer.  He might want to destroy/remake the society (by helping Jonas) and then go to be with his daughter.

So I guess I think he's made the right decision.  He is sad about the past and, I think, he feels too old to start a new life.

Looking again at your question, I think I should talk some about why he would want to help the community.  I think it is because he feels like he is partly responsible for how the community is.  He has all these memories and could, presumably, have helped to change the community.  Because he didn't, he feels responsible.  I think this is an admirable attitude on his part -- he had a hand in causing the problems and he wants to be a big part of fixing them.

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rhoxy12 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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The Giver decide to stay behind to help the community because he wants to stay with his daughter which is Rosemary in this case he wants to be released to be with his daughter.

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rorojeee1 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Because he wanted to stay with Rosemary, his daughter. Which meant he wanted to die.

 

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jumping | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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think that you can find this answer at the very end of Chapter 20.  The Giver does not want to come with Jonas because he wants to be with his daughter once he has finished his work.  What this means is that he wants to die.

Since I am not him, I cannot be sure if he made the right decision.  He must surely have been quite sad about the way things have gone in his life.  He loved his daughter, but the society that he lived in (and that he was very important in) caused her to die.  In that situation, you can see where he might not want to live any longer.  He might want to destroy/remake the society (by helping Jonas) and then go to be with his daughter.

So I guess I think he's made the rig

 

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