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When confronted with the realities of warfare in The Giver, how does Jonas, Lois Lowry’s protagonist, react? Using textual evidence, explain why you think he responds the way he does.

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  1. February 23rd, 2013 at 2:28 AM      Reply Sheera Says:

    The protagoinist first and for most is Jonah. Jonas reacts differently throughout the book. You can tell that he has heart, and that getting the job the “reciever” is the right thing for him. At first he thinks about release just a sleep. What I mean by sleep is, Jonas doesn’t know that realease is a killing, until he gets trained to becom a reciever. For example, “My father lied to me, he lied to me!” screamed Jonas. This shows his change.

    • February 23rd, 2013 at 7:05 PM      Reply Ms. Hayes Says:

      Sheera, I agree with you that Jonas has heart. With each of the memories that he experiences, we see that evolve. This ultimately leads him to the choice he makes to flee. He sees his friends playing a game in “Chapter 17”. I’m wondering why he reacts the way he does. Why does he interrupt the game?

    • July 9th, 2013 at 2:40 PM      Reply armidillo30000 Says:

      Jonas never thought release was sleeping.He didn’t know what they did to release. He knew the concept of release. In the book, he said that he thought Larrisa would be waiting for the baby twin. This is saying he didn’t think that release was sleep, he thought that the citizens that were released were taken somewhere.

  2. February 28th, 2013 at 1:39 PM      Reply destini Says:

    I realy liked the giver because, if you it is different from any other book I every read.

    • March 6th, 2013 at 9:48 AM      Reply Ms. Hayes Says:

      I’m pleased and elated that you really appreciate The Giver by Lois Lowry. It is quite a story and it offers a unique perspective on a Utopian society. If you were create a “perfect society” what would it be like, Destini?

  3. July 8th, 2013 at 1:22 PM      Reply Kayla Says:

    When Jonas experienced warfare he was devastated. I think he felt that way because he was never exposed to pain like that. I also think he felt like that because he didn’t know that people did that to each other.

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