In The Giver, why was Jonas' number skipped during the assignment ceremony?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 7, the Chief Elder announces each child's assignment to the community during the Ceremony of Twelve. Following Fiona, Jonas expects his number to be called but is skipped as the Chief Elder announces Pierre's assignment. Jonas initially panics and believes that the Chief Elder made a mistake. Once the Chief Elder is done announcing the rest of Jonas's classmates, she explains to the community that Jonas has not been assigned but has been "selected" to be the community's next Receiver of Memory. She then elaborates on the importance and honor of the special assignment as Jonas is called to the stage. She also lists the five essential qualities needed to be the next Receiver of Memory, which are intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and the Capacity to See Beyond. Jonas is apprehensive and nervous about his new assignment but is relieved that he was finally called to the stage in front of the community. Essentially, Jonas was skipped during the Ceremony of Twelve because his assignment was such an important selection that it needed to be addressed separately from the rest of the group.

jessecreations eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jonas's assignment was unique and special; it wasn't a typical job like his classmates were getting.  They skipped him because they needed to explain a little bit more about his job, and because it was a somewhat historic event since they only choose a new Receiver once in a lifetime or so.  When Jonas got his assignment, they apologized for confusing him, and explained that he was being given a very special job.  They talked about how he had been specifically chosen for this job because they knew his talents and personality would be a good match for it, etc.  So his assignment took a little longer than the others, and required a little more explanation.  Instead of just throwing it in with the rest of the assignments, they skipped his number and kept his assignment until the end.

ik9744 | Student

Jonas' job was the most important and the best, so they had to save it for last.

forestj | Student

Jonas's assignment was unique. the Community of the Elders had to give an explanation about his special job as the new reciever of memories.

riahroo96 | Student

the reasean that his number had gotten skipped was because he got chosen to be the new giver, and also that the lady that was saying the numbers forgot to read his out loud.

texasmade | Student

Jonas was skipped because he got picked.