Giver's Assignment As The Next Receiver Of Memory An Honour Or An Ordeal

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Is Jonas's assignment as the next Receiver of Memory an honour or an ordeal? The Giver is a dystopian novel written by Lois Lowry that has eliminated all colours, fear, pain, hatred and war. There is no prejudice since everyone looks and acts the same. Everyone in this society called The Giver had to obey strict rules, anyone who broke the rules was let go from the community. In the section of The Giver at age 12 you are assigned a job based on your abilities or interests this was called an assignment. Jonas was assigned to be the receiver. The book is about Jonas unveiling the true world unlocking colours, wisdom and memories as he is mentored by The Giver, when he soon recognizes that he is being kept from freedom he plans an escape with Gabriel. I believe that Jonas's assignment is an honour and an ordeal, as Jonas gets the privilege to feel emotions, gain memories and gain wisdom, unlike anyone which gives him the ability to see colours. …show more content…

Having this knowledge also leads to being able to understand the memories he obtains through being the receiver and to also experience colours, however, this made him upset. This is seen in chapter 12 of the book The Giver when he says it is not fair that other people cannot see colour. More evidence of Jonas's assignment being an honour rather than an ordeal is that having this knowledge led to him being able to find the flaws in a perfect world and save Gabriel in chapter 21 of The Giver.“If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things!” His assignment helped him realize the community of The Giver sacrifices freedom in an attempt at a perfect society. This also led to Jonas escaping with Gabriel leading him to live a life of

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