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Jonas In Lois Lowry's The Giver

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People can reject society in many different ways, but the protagonist of the book The Giver, which is Jonas, only realizes this once he gains the memories from the Giver. In the beginning of the book Jonas respected the rules of the community and he always listened to them, but when he got his job as the receiver of memory he received some rules that he is skeptical about. Throughout the middle of the book Jonas has received more memories and they are changing him in different ways and it is causing him to be more isolated. Jonas and the Giver are the only ones in their community that can choose and really make their own decisions, but Jonas is upset that no one else can do that, so he ends up making some bad decisions.In the book The Giver…show more content…
He always wanted to fit in but then they skipped him in the jobs ceremony and he wondered about what he could have done wrong.Jonas had now gotten his new rules, one of them was that he could lie, he doesn't feel fine with that rule, sohe thinks of possibly asking his father if he lies.“What if they had all been instructed: You may lie? His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness-and promised answers-he could conceivably( though it was almost unimaginable)ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: Do you lie? But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received was true.”(Lowry 71)Since Jonas had been instructed to lie he starts to wonder about if the other people in his community are allowed to lie. He thinks about asking his father if he lies but he doesn't know if he will get a true answer.There are rules that the community has chosen for people to follow and Jonas had also gotten new rules for his job as the Receiver in training.Jonas had just gotten his new rules and he is skeptical about them,“4. Do not discuss your training with any other members of the community, including parents and elders. 7. You are not permitted to apply for release. 8. You may lie.”(Lowry 68)This is important because it tells Jonas some new rules he must follow if he is the receiver. For rule number 4 it tells him that he can't discuss his training with anyone. For number 7 he can't apply for release because of
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