In The Giver by Lois Lowry, why does Jonas feel "separateness" after the ceremony?

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For starters, the council didn't do much to prepare Jonas for the shock of his calling; that would make anyone feel isolated. When they were giving out jobs to all of the twelves, they purposefully skip him and allow him to sit anxiously in wait for his fate. That was merely the beginning of what would soon come, though. As Jonas learns about being the Receiver, he becomes even more isolated and different from what anyone else in the community could possibly understand. Jonas may feel a little bit of a sense of importance, but the lack of understanding, the ambiguity of the situation, rather, helped to create more of void between him and the rest of the twelves. Since his parents hadn't ever experienced what he went through during the ceremony, they too could not soothe him, comfort him, nor explain what was happening to him. It must feel so lonely to go through an experience that no other person in your surrounding community can possibly understand. Luckily, once he meets the Giver, he finds one person who actually can identify with his plight, as well as teach him how to weather the storms of that foreordained life as the Receiver.


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