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Jonas was selected to be The Receiver of Memory because he demonstrated courage. When Jonas is given his career, the elders tell him that his job comes with extreme pain... pain that is beyond the community. For him to successfully become the new Receiver, he must be brave. When no one else but Jonas and the Giver understand the truth about the community, Jonas must be strong. Defying the laws of the community takes bravery. No one understands the emotional sacrifice Jonas has gone through to save his community. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
Jonas is intelligent, has the capacity to see beyond, and is courageous. Due to Jonas' extraordinary abilities, his community is finally able to feel emotions and see colors. Without Jonas everyone would still be living in an emotionless and predictable place. "We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."
By Jill Power, Julia Thomas, Joslyn Elam, and Greta Burk
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“Things could change, Gabe. Things could be different. I don’t know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents. And everybody would have memories. You know about memories...Gabe, there could be love.” The Giver, by Lois Lowry is an intriguing, fiction story about a dystopian community with deep, dark secrets. For Jonas, color and emotions have never been a part of his life. His society has chosen to stray away from hunger, suffering, love, and emotions, eliminating choice. For, “when people are given the freedom to choose they choose wrong.”(The Giver) On his twelfth birthday, Jonas is given the job of Receiver of Memory where he begins to learn the horrid secrets of his community. Jonas’ extraordinary abilities: intelligence, capacity to see beyond, and courage, change his society forever.
Capacity to See Beyond
One of the reasons why Jonas was selected to be the Receiver of Memory was because of his ability to see beyond. While the community sees the world in black and white, Jonas begins to see color, and is amazed at the real world that his community blocked out. Without the ability to see beyond, Jonas would not be fit to be the Receiver of Memory. For example, one day when Jonas is playing catch with his friend Asher, the apple they were tossing changed. At the time it was unexplainable for it had not change in size or shape. Later Jonas finds out that he had glimpsed the color red. Jonas rebels against the rules of his boring community, and with his special abilities, changes everyone's life.
Part of the reason why Jonas was selected to be the Receiver of Memory was because of his intelligence. Jonas always did well in school and made sure he spoke correctly, but mainly, he thought up a marvelous plan to return all of the previous memories back to his community. Even when things go wrong on his escape plan, Jonas' quick thinking finds him a solution. When escaping, he brings Gabriel, an uncertain new child from the nurturing center, with him. Jonas knew that if he didn't, Gabe would be released for being marked Failure to Thrive. Hiding from heat censoring planes, Jonas comes up with the idea of using memories to freeze Gabe and his body heat. This saves them from being caught.
The Receiver of Memory holds the collective memories of the community. People don't have to remember pain or terrible experiences such as a war. The Receiver of Memory then advices the community with the wisdom he/she gained from all his/her memories and pain.