In Lois Lowry's The Giver, how does Jonas change Gabriel's life?

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Gabriel is the little baby who is brought home by Jonas's father for some extra care because he isn't growing and developing like the other babies his age. Lily notices that both Gabriel's and Jonas's eyes are lighter than everyone else's. This similarity establishes a connection between Jonas and the baby and begs the question if Gabriel and Jonas share the same birth mother. Jonas also senses a connection to Gabriel because Gabriel cries a lot at night. For some reason, Gabriel can't be comforted. Once Jonas learns how to share memories, though, he changes Gabriel's life by giving him peace at night so he can sleep. Along with the beautiful memories that Jonas learns about, though, he also experiences sad and painful memories. As Jonas experiences pain and sadness, he can relate more to what Gabriel might be feeling when he can't sleep at night. No one else in the community knew how to comfort Gabriel, not even Father who is a natural Nurturer. So as Jonas connects with Gabriel on a deeper level, both of their lives are changed for the better. Through the sharing of memories, a brotherly feeling is created and both Jonas and Gabriel benefit from their companionship. It's too bad that the story ends with the two running away because it would have been interesting to see how Gabriel would have grown up with Jonas by his side.

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, how does Jonas respond to different events?

There are three major events that influence Jonas in The Giver: his first memory that he receives; when he discovers colors; and when he sees his father kill an innocent baby. With each event, Jonas discovers a little bit more about the sacrifices the community makes in order to live under a condition called Sameness. With every benefit that the community receives, such as safety, peace, and equality, they also must give up something just as precious in return. These three events are pivotal to how Jonas responds to his new assignment as the Receiver of Memory.

In chapter 11, the first memory Jonas receives is about sliding down a snowy hill on a sled. He absolutely loves sledding! Afterwards, he says that he was "Surprised" with the whole experience (82). Then, he asks the Giver why they don't have something so fun like snow anymore. The answer, of course, is Sameness. In an effort to live with perfect Climate Control, snow was taken away. Jonas reacts by frowning and saying, "I wish we had those things, still. Just now and then" (84).

Next, colors are discussed in chapters 12 and 13. As Jonas realizes that Fiona's hair and apples are red, the Giver helps him to notice other colors in the memories he gives him. Again, the answer to why the community does not have colors is because of Sameness. By giving up colors, they are able to control people's preferences and desires for making individual choices. Jonas reacts by saying the following:

"If everything's the same, then there aren't any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic, or a red one" (97).

Finally, and the most influential event that breeds the biggest reaction from Jonas is seeing his father inject a lethal drug into a newborn baby in chapter 19. The baby is a twin who weighs less than his brother, so he must die in order to maintain population control. 

"He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was realizing. He continued to stare at the screen numbly" (150).

As a result of witnessing this event, Jonas plots with the Giver to overthrow the system of Sameness. This is the final straw. Jonas cannot help a community that wants to do these things in order to achieve peace and stability for a chosen few. 

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, how does Jonas become more human than the others in the community?

In The Giver, Jonas becomes more human than those around him because he begins to feel real authentic emotions. He lives in a dystopian community that actively suppresses individual differences and real emotions in order to avoid conflict. While everything seemingly runs smoothly and everyone is equal on the surface, the people in the community lack individuality and morality.

Jonas is a bit different than others in the community. For instance, he sees certain objects “change” in ways that others cannot see. Later, the reader finds out that he is seeing colors. The Elders in the community recognize that Jonas has these unique capacities and selects him to be the next Receiver of Memory, a mysterious but well-respected job in the community. During training, Jonas learns from his mentor, the Giver, that the Receiver of Memory holds on to memories of the old way of life.

The Giver begins to transfer memories to Jonas that expose him to all sorts of things he has never experienced. For example, he feels winter weather, intense physical pain, and authentic love. As Jonas learns more and more about real feelings, he begins to feel isolated from those around him. For example, after feeling what real familial love feels like he asks his parents if they love him. They scold him for “precision of language” and say that love is an outdated term. They respond this way because they do not know what real love is and have never actually felt it. The distinct contrast between Jonas and his family members in this scene shows that he is becoming more human than they are.

Jonas’s attitude toward release also shows how he is different. The community accepts that release is the punishment for breaking important rules. Babies are also sometimes released and the old are released at the end of their lives. No one questions what release really is they just know that it is an exit from the community. When Jonas sees a videotape of his father releasing a newchild he realizes that release is actually murder. Jonas is outraged seeing his father killing the baby without any hesitation or remorse. The Giver has to remind Jonas that his father does not really know what he is doing. Since no one else in the community has an understanding of emotions and ethics they do not understand that what they are doing is morally wrong. Jonas is at a point where he can understand this, so he is arguably more human than those around him.

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