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Why does Jonas feel that love is risky in The Giver?  

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As the Receiver-in-Training, Jonas learns a little bit more about the history of humanity by each memory given to him. In chapter 16, he learns about grandparents and families who love each other enough to want to spend their whole lives together. This is a new concept because once Jonas and his sister Lily grow up and get their own family units, they will never see their father and mother again. But when Jonas receives a memory about Christmas time and the whole family is giving and opening presents, he experiences a closeness that they don't have in his society. The Giver has to tell him that it is called love. After thinking about the memory for a little bit, Jonas says that love doesn't...

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