Why do you think Jonas rarely dreams in The Giver? Why do you think the family doesn’t discuss Jonas’s dream?

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Jonas rarely dreams as an indication of how he is different from others in the community.  When Jonas has the dream about Fiona they do not discuss it in detail because all that matters to them is that it is an early sign of stirrings.

Everyone in the community has to share their dreams every morning.  It is part of the community’s enforcement of restricting emotions.  Just like the telling of feelings at night, the telling of dreams ensures that people’s emotions are addressed and dealt with almost immediately. Any lingering emotions from the day might enter dreams, and those need to be addressed so that they can be dismissed.

When Jonas begins his training, he is given strict orders not to tell anyone of his dreams.  The community probably fears that the memories will influence them.

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