Chapter 15 (post 5)

In chapter fifteen the Giver asks Jonas to forgive him because, he had given him the memory of war. One day when Jonas entered the Annex room he realized that he was going to be sent away again, so he told the giver he would go unless there was something he could do for him. The Giver asked Jonas to take some of the pain, so Jonas did. It was very loud and foul-smelling. All around were men lying on the ground groaning with pain. Jonas then laid his eyes on a boy who was begging him for water, but then realized he himself was injured with one of his arms immobilized with pain as the ragged flesh hung by the splintered bone. Jonas gave the boy some water once he got his container open and then the boy’s head fell back and he was silent and he laid still. Jonas just laid there overwhelmed by all the pain and listening to his surroundings of men and animals dieing and cannons and guns going off. Close to death himself Jonas opened his eyes and was still on the bed, when the Giver asked Jonas to forgive him. Some proof from the book is, “The Giver looked up at him, his face contorted with suffering. ‘Please,’ he gasped, ‘take some of the pain.’” and “The boy stared at him. ‘Water,’ he begged again. When he spoke, a new spurt of blood drenched the coarse cloth across his chest and sleeve. One of Jonas’s arms was immobilized with pain, and he could see through his own torn sleeve something that looked like ragged flesh and splintery bone.” Some more proof is, “Finally, when he knew that he could bear it no longer and would welcome death himself, he opened his eyes and was once again on the bed. The Giver looked away, as if he could not bear to see what he had done to Jonas. ‘Forgive me,’ he said.”


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