If you were writing a letter to Jonas's family unit telling them why he ran away what would you say?
Write a letter from Jonas to his family unit telling them why he ran away, why he took Gabriel with him, what he is seeing as he travels further into elsewhere, etc. :)
First paragraph: Why he runs away.
Second paragraph: Why he took Gabe and what he’s seeing as he travels.
Concluding paragraph: What he WILL do now. Will he attempt to come back to the community? Or will he try and convince his family unit to meet him somehow?
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This is an interesting assignment! I am not going to write it for you, but I will give you some information to help you write the fictional letter itself.
First part: Jonas’s parents will not understand why he ran away. They will likely be frightened and confused. Jonas first needs to explain about his work with the Giver, and the memories he received and their effect on him. Since it will come as quite a shock, he should probably give them a specific example they can relate to. I think physical pain is a good one. Jonas could describe the sledding memory, and how he was in pain but could not ask for medicine to immediately make it go away. Jonas should also comment on what good memories he found, such as love. He can explain that he decided love was important enough to suffer pain, and he felt that everyone should feel.
Second part: I think it’s time for the hard truth about release. Jonas could explain that he saw his father murder a newborn, and he did not want that to happen to Gabe. He could also explain that he has a connection with Gabe, and has been sharing memories with him. Gabe does not fit into the world of the community any more than Jonas does. Since Jonas’s parents have no concept of nature or weather, Jonas could explain about birds and rain and snow he sees as he travels.
Third part: Jonas should be honest, and admit that he cannot come back to the community. They would surely kill him. He should explain that he is in a better place, and he knows life will be difficult for them, but he realizes it will be worth it in the end.
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