Discuss Jonas reaction to the experience of love and what happened when he asked his parents about love.
The first time he experienced love was when the giver gave him the memory of the family and the kids under the tree with present. Even though it didn’t say specifically that it was Christmas it led you to understand that it was. When he first got the memory he was confused about the grandparents because in his community there all together being taken care of not with their family. He was confused but he knew that he loved the feeling. Later when he got home at dinner time he asked him parents.” He made himself say the words, though he felt flushed with embarrassment. He had rehearsed them in his mind all the way home from the Annex. Do you love me?” Then Jonas mom started to explain to him that it was a “generalized word, Meaningless” even though Jonas knew that statement was very incorrect. Jonas father said that he” enjoys him and that he takes pride in his accomplishment.” But love is an inappropriate word. He said he understood but he lied.
Why does the Giver ask Jonas to forgive him?
” Please” he gasped, take some of the pain. The giver was suffering in pain of the memory of warfare and when he gave the memory to Jonas. “…the half-closed eyes of a boy who seemed not much older than himself. Dirt streaked the boy’s face and his matted blond hair. He lay sprawled, his gray uniform glistening with wet, fresh blood. The colors of the carnage were grotesquely bright: the crimson wetness on the rough and dusty fabric, the ripped shred of grass, startlingly green, in the boy’s yellow hair.” Chapter 15, pg. 119. I believe he thought it wasn’t time yet to give him the memory of such offal thing. “The Giver looked away, as if he could not bear to see what he had done to Jonas. “Forgive me,” he said.” It explains in the next chapter that he took it easy for the next couple of weeks giving him happy memories.
Why would people relinquish ( give up) the ability to see colour? How would this improve life in the community? Would this solve any problems in our society?
I believe that when they decided to give up the choice to see colour because if everyone is the same and if people are a different colour it could create the racism problem. Also in cloths, especially in younger children. For example if a boy is wearing pink and gets made fun of it could lead to bigger physiological problems later on. It would take away bulling and racism witch are big issues that a lot of people suffer from today. Yes I do think it would take away a lot of negativity but then again would take away the beautiful expression of art and individuality. “Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” Chapter 12, pg. 95
Everyone sits in the order that they were born in. It’s a rare form of identification. Jonas is the 19th. Fiona is the 18th. Peirre is 20th. This was the day that they received their assignments. The chief elder was standing on stage. One by one he called them by their number of birth. The chief elder starter speaking and 1st person was a girl name Madeline her assignment was Fish Hatchery. The 2nd person was Inger her assignment was Birthmother. The 3rd person was Issac his assignment is Instructor of Sixes. Then the chief elder began his speech about Asher and the chief elder started talking about how he always said I want a “smack” instead of “I want a snack.” This ends chapter 7.
Why do you think this happened? I think that a big part of this is to boost up the intensity and to show how much anxiety Jonas is actually feeling and add emotion to the story. Also gives you a better idea of the setting and the tension. You imagine it more sever when he gets skipped.
“He hunched his shoulders and tried to make himself smaller in the seat. He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist. He didn’t dare to turn and find his parents in the crowd. He couldn’t bear to see their faces darkened with shame. Jonas bowed his head and searched through his mind. What had he done wrong?”
I think it is important to the community that nobody has stirring because if they have stirring at a young age they could be sexually active to early then there would be complications. Also they can not feel anything extremely good and marriage and sex, love etc. would fall under the category of “to happy.” Therefore the community decides that they would take pills to control any of those feelings.
I have leaned that Jonas likes Asher as a friend but he doesn’t he fooled around and made his work more difficult then it should be. Also when you turned an 8 you started your volunteer hours. Another fact is that they respect the opinion of the elder to decide the assignments. At the age of 11-12 you began to have stirrings for females or male. He feels a connection with the elder. There wasn’t that much new in 4 pages but, this is what I learned new in chapter 4 🙂
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