I don’t think the ending of the story is happy or sad because it was just suddenly cut off. I was dissappointed to see it end like that. I would like to be able to know what happens to them, how Jonas’s old community reacted, if Jonas’s family got over his “loss” easily, and if they get a new receiver right away or not. Although, if I had to choose if it was a happy or sad ending, I would choose happy because Jonas and Gabe reached “Elsewhere”.
The Giver encourages Jonas to leave so that the community can bear the burden of memories themselves instead of the receiver alone. Also, the Giver thinks the community will gain wisdom from the memories, like all of the receivers have. The only part of the Giver’s plan that scared Jonas is not being able to come back. He begged the Receiver to go with him so at least they could have each other, but the Giver refused. The Giver explained to him that after Rosemary’s release the few memories she had overwhelmed the community and that they panicked. With all the memories Jonas held, it would be hard for them to bear the pain and misery. The Giver then reminded Jonas of how he needed him when he first started his training and Jonas knew that, but he still wanted the Giver to come with him. Jonas even told the Giver that they didn’t need to care about the community, but they both knew they did. The Giver told him that even if he did go he wouldn’t make because he is too weak. Some quotes from the book are, “‘I think that they can, and that they will acquire some wisdom. But it will be desperately hard for them. When we lost Rosemary ten years ago, and her memories returned to the people, they panicked. And those were such few memories, compared to yours. When your memories return, they’ll need help. Remember how I helped you in the beginning, when the receiving of memories was new to you?’” and “‘Giver,’ Jonas suggested, ‘you and I don’t need to care about the rest of them.’”
The community would suffer enormously if Jonas left. If Jonas left, all of the memories that he had received in his year of training would be released upon the community. He had received many wondrous and peaceful memories, but with the good memories always came the bad. He had great memories of birthday parties, museums, horses galloping through the fields, and many more. He also had the Giver’s favourite memory of the holiday celebration with the feeling of love. The bad memories he had received consisted of sunburns, broken bones, hunger, and the worst of them all, war. The community would also suffer greatly because he had received so many memories. Before Jonas there was a receiver named Rosemary. She had only five weeks’ worth of memories but couldn’t handle the enormous amount of pain and she mostly had received good ones. Since she couldn’t handle being the new receiver she applied for release and the memories were released upon the community. Those few terrible memories that overwhelmed her were overwhelming the community after her release and the Giver was too devastated at his own grief at her loss to even think to help them. Some proof from the book is, “Rosemary had only those five weeks’ worth, and most of them were good ones. But there were those few terrible memories, the ones that had overwhelmed her.” and “I was so devastated by my own grief at her loss, and my own feeling of failure, that I didn’t even try to help them through it. I was angry, too.”
I think that people would relinquish the ability to see colour because, that way it makes life more simple. When I say that by relinquishing colour it will be simpler, I mean that decisions will be fewer and easier. Every day we have to pick out an outfit to wear and it has to match. That decision is sometimes frustrating and if colour was totally gone it wouldn’t be, it would be easy to put an outfit together because everything would match. An example from the book is, “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?”
I think it would solve some bullying problems in our society. People get made fun of for not having matching outfits or not having the latest styles. Although I say that, I wouldn’t want colour taken away, like in “The Giver”, because life would be dull and boring.
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.”
Jonas is very concerned about some of the new rules he got for his assignment of receiver. He was first scared about the thought of being exempted from rudeness, but then he realized that he didn’t have to be rude, he just had the choice to be. Two quotes to back this up are, “The exemption from rudeness startled him.” and Reading it again, however, he realized that it didn’t compel him to be rude; it simply allowed him the option.” Then he wasn’t that worried about dream telling, because he doesn’t usually dream, but then he wondered, what if he did dream. Would he just say he didn’t that night? That final rule of being able to lie is what made him uneasy. A couple sentences from a paragraph to back this up are, “What if he did dream – should he simply tell his family unit, as he did so often, anyway, that he hadn’t? That would be a lie. Still, the final rule said … well he wasn’t quite ready to think about the final rule on the page.” Also, he could not think about being restricted of medication. What if he crushed his finger again? Again, after rereading the rules he realized that it was only pain related to his training he was not allowed. That still made him worried though, because he remembered the Chief Elder telling him about the great amount of pain he would go through. Some quotes to back up this up are, “The restriction of medication unnerved him.”, “Re-reading rule number 6, he realized that a crushed finger fell into the category of ‘unrelated to training.’”, and “But he remembered uneasily what the Chief Elder had said about the pain that would come with his training. She had called it indescribable.” The seventh rule didn’t bother him at all, because he never even thought about applying for release. A quote to prove this is, “It had never occurred to him that under any circumstances, ever, he might apply for release.” Last but not least, he looked at his final rule on his list and thought maybe everyone was told that they were allowed to lie. Finally quotes to back this up are, “Finally he steeled himself to read the final rule again.” and “What if others – adults – had, upon becoming Twelves, received in their instructions the same terrifying sentence.”
In pages 48 and 49 in “The Giver” there are more hints about what release means. From these hints I think that release means to be sent to a new community or be sent “elsewhere”. I think that it means to go to another community because that is what Asher said to Jonas and he told the story of a person who applied for release one day and was gone the next. The person was never seen again. A quote from the story to justify my arguement is, “If you don’t fit in, you can apply for Elsewhere and be released. My mother says that once, about ten years ago, someone applied and was gone the next day.”