Within the exposition of the plot, the utopian characteristics of Jonas's society are at first unmistakable. However, all of the memories, which we understand through Jonas' interpretations of them, are lyrical because Jonas' thoughts, feelings, and moods are portrayed, as are the vivid images of what he experiences. That is how Jonas feels while trying to explain what happened. The Giver then points to the top row of books in the Annex, and Jonas confirms that the books also briefly change. The Giver tells Jonas that his whole life will be nothing more than the memories he possesses.
Jonas learns that he is supposed to receive all the memories of the world from the previous Receiver. It is December, and eleven-year-old Jonas feels uneasy as an unidentified aircraft flies over his community. One day, Jonas sees Fiona's hair change. Jonas receives a memory of sunshine that is as pleasurable as the sled-riding memory. The Giver tells him that he is beginning to see the color red and that long ago everything had a color; one of the colors was red.
In the dream, Jonas is going downhill on a sled in the snow toward a certain destination, but he can't reach the destination. Jonas cannot join in but is acutely aware that despite all their training in the precision of language, he does not have the words to describe sunshine or snow. Readers in free countries generally disagree with Jonas here because we are accustomed to choosing our own jobs and spouses, and even Jonas does not entirely accept his own argument. The first, we already know, is for punishment. Some days the burden is too great for The Giver to train Jonas, so Jonas wanders around, testing his memories. As Fiona rides away, Jonas notices that her hair changes the same way that the apple changed.
In his dream he was trying to get to something beyond the snow hill, but he couldn't see what it was. Chapter sixteen has Jonas receiving many happy memories to make up for the painful ones. Each memory that Jonas receives means one less that the old man has to carry. He thinks that he will be sent away, but then Jonas decides to offer to help by relieving some of the pain. Suggesting the pain that Jonas will feel in memories that he has yet to experience, The Giver sighs and hesitates answering Jonas' questions, as though he is not sure how to tell Jonas about the pain that is to come.
Confused, Jonas questions The Giver about the pain that he'd been told he would have to endure. The old man tries to explain that he holds memories of the entire world from generations ago. In chapter fifteen Jonas enters and sees that the Giver is in pain. Another time, after the Giver transmits a memory of an elephant mourning the death of another elephant that was brutally killed by poachers, he tries to give the memory to Lily, hoping that she will understand that her toy elephant is a representation of something that was once real and majestic and awe-inspiring. One day, The Giver gives Jonas the disturbing memory of several men killing an elephant with guns and of the anguished mourning of another elephant that found the first animal's corpse. Apart from knowing this position is respected and honored in his community, Jonas knew almost nothing about the job. He wonders if hills still exist beyond the bridge at the entrance of the community, and one day he asks The Giver to give him a bit of what causes The Giver to suffer beyond small things such as sunburn.
His Father made a comment about Gabriel not sleeping through the night. Let's Go Sledding Do you remember the first time you experienced snow? They would need to be entirely open to the ideas he shared with them, and the society they have grown up in has made that kind of openness almost impossible. When the new Receiver who was selected ten years before failed, all the memories she had received returned to the community, and the whole community suffered until the memories were assimilated. Analysis Throughout the plot of , we experience the protagonist Jonas's society in two ways, first through his point of view as told through third-person limited narration, and second as the modern observer of a future society, via a modern point of view. The memories are his life, although he occasionally counsels the Committee of Elders if they are faced with something new. At the annual Naming and Placement Ceremony, newchildren are named and assigned to family units in the community. Instead, The Giver and Jonas's new memories become his main companions, and the fact that Jonas cannot transfer memories to anyone whom he wishes further forces him into an involuntary isolation.
In the hope that Gabriel will learn to sleep more soundly, Jonas's father receives permission to bring Gabriel to their family dwelling each night. Lesson Summary In this chapter, Jonas receives his first memories of experiences he has never had in his community: snow, sledding, sunshine, and even the pain of a sunburn. The Giver told him to recall the memory of the snow hill and then look down at the sled. Transmitting the memories to Jonas means the old man no longer has them, but he feels lighter. Chapter 2 At his father's prompting, Jonas recalls all the changes that result each December, beginning with the Ceremony of Ones when all fifty of the children born during the year turn One and are brought to the community stage by Nurturers such as Jonas's father. Jonas knows Fiona wants to know details about his job, but he knows he can't tell her anything. Chapter 13 Jonas begins to see colors everywhere, albeit only fleetingly, and he decries the lack of color, wishing for the ability to choose what clothing he wears rather than having multiples of the same.
The Giver agrees to stop shielding Jonas and proceeds to give him a new memory. When Lily expresses frustration at a playmate that breaks the rules at the nightly sharing of feelings, her parents teach her to consider the thoughts and emotions of others in order to understand their behavior. Jonas worries a little that the Elders will have trouble assigning something for Asher, but his parents reassure him. The feeling in school is different today. The experience explained itself to him. He worries that he shouldn't be giving away his memories, but he decides not to tell the Giver about it.
Jonas does not like the pain, but he thinks he is strong enough to endure it. Thinking of the dream he'd had of snow, he told her he'd slept soundly. Jonas sat back and thought about it and noticed that the sled resembled Fiona's hair in the same way he had noticed the apple looked. And you thought dinner with your family was annoying. After he returns home, feeling weighted with his knowledge, he tries to tell about live elephants that resembled her comfort object, but she does not believe him and wriggles away from his subtle attempt to transmit the memory of the elephant to her. This time, it was Fiona. He doesn't know what it is, though.