What struggles does Jonas face in The Giver?

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In The Giver, Jonas's primary struggle is the responsibility the community places on him by making him Receiver of Memory, an extraordinary burden for a 12-year old. He is placed in this position for a couple of reasons, but primarily because he's thoughtful, sensitive and intelligent and has powers of perception that neither he nor anyone else understands, except for maybe the Giver. In that way, these positive qualities become yet another weight around his neck, forcing him to undertake the journey with the help of the Giver.

At its heart, The Giver is an example of the hero's quest best explained in Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Star Wars is a quest, as is Avengers: Endgame. Almost all quest narratives have common features, among them a call to adventure, an inexperienced or otherwise reluctant hero, a journey beset with difficulty, mentors or helpers to aid in the mission, a time of great danger forcing the hero to make a significant sacrifice, and a completion of the quest that changes the hero in ways that are sometimes horrifying, but usually strengthens them to face future challenges.

All of these elements are present as Jonas does what he can to restore the memories of the community. He must face incredibly frightening struggles along the way, including having to hide from the community the training he undergoes with the Giver and having to carry the bad memories he receives from the Giver.

Jonas' most significant trial is the journey itself, having to leave the community with Gabriel to actually make it to the memory forcefield and restore the memories to the people. He is helped by his mentor, the Giver, Gabriel, and his friend Asher, but the ultimate responsibility rests with Jonas alone.

At the end, we never actually see Jonas return to the community. We do not know if he ever does, but if not, this represents another massive challenge for a 12-year-old. He has returned the memories to the people, but can he ever go back to the community after being so thoroughly changed by the quest? Will he have saved a group of people that he can never be a part of?

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In The Giver, what are Jonas's negative traits?

As the story progresses, Jonas begins to understand the reality of life in his community. Many of us who read The Giver acknowledge and admire Jonas's courage, loyalty, and resolve. Certainly, he has many positive traits to recommend him.

All in all, his positive traits certainly dwarf his negative ones. If we were to discuss Jonas' negative traits, we may decide to focus on his tendency to doubt himself and to judge his actions through the prism of his dogmatic upbringing. One can argue that many of Jonas's negative traits are the direct consequence of his previously oppressive lifestyle.

In the story, Jonas eventually parts ways with the Giver. While the Giver must stay to help the people navigate the return of their memories, Jonas must try to find a way to Elsewhere. The night before he leaves, Jonas is told that Gabriel will be released. Now that he knows what release really means, Jonas takes Gabriel with him on his difficult journey.

In order to travel with Gabriel, Jonas steals his father's bicycle. Despite his obvious need for transport on this important errand, Jonas chastises himself. He thinks about all the rules he has broken.

During the journey, Jonas experiences hunger, pain, and loneliness. He finally gets to feel all of the negative emotions he has been protected from throughout most of his childhood. During his lowest moments, Jonas begins to doubt himself. He decides that his decision to leave was wrong. Finally, he comes to the conclusion that he had no other choice but to leave. If he had stayed, Gabriel's life would have been snuffed out.

In the last pages of the story, Jonas doubts that he will ever reach Elsewhere, let alone save Gabriel. Again, we may consider his tendency to doubt his abilities as the direct result of his oppressive upbringing.

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In The Giver, what are Jonas's negative traits?

Jonas is a good member of the community at the beginning of the story, which is to say that he conforms very well with the expectations of his society and therefore doesn't exhibit significant negative traits or behaviors.

Jonas is impatient with Isaac, the next-door neighbor whose behavior does not follow the accepted patterns of the community since he doesn't keep himself neat and orderly and since he isn't physically coordinated.

As the Ceremony of Twelve approaches, Jonas wonders if it is a bad thing that he hasn't found a particular interest or draw in his volunteer activities or other parts of his life to that point. For his peers, attraction to a particular endeavor can give an indication of their Assignment; Jonas hopes it is not held against him that he hasn't shown any obvious predisposition toward a specific area of work. Of course, that very diversity ends up being one of the reasons why the Elders assign him to become the next Receiver of Memories.

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What is wrong with Jonas in The Giver?

This depends a bunch on what part of the book you are talking about.

At the very start of the book, what is wrong with Jonas is that he is afraid.  Or at least he is apprehensive.  He is worried about what job he will be selected for when he becomes a Twelve.

Later on in the book, what's wrong with him is that he doesn't fit in so well anymore because he understands things his friends don't, like how horrible war is.

Finally, after he sees the video of his dad releasing the baby, what's wrong with them is that he thinks his society is evil and he wants to get away from it.

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