Chapter 8 The Giver

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  • What could I have done wrong?
  • "Jonas has not been assigned ... Jonas has been selected" (Lowry 75). 
  • "Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory" (Lowry 76). 
  • Jonas doesn't understand why his number was not called and neither does the rest of the audience. Jonas was ashamed and confused as why he did not receive his Assignment. 
  • I'm not sure that I am the right one to be apart from the community... 
  • After Chief Elder apologizes to the community, she calls for Jonas to come up to the stage. She then continues to say that Jonas had not been assigned but selected. 
  • Integrity...  Intelligence...  The Capacity to See Beyond... 
  • Chief Elder announced the assignment that Jonas will receive. The crowd gasps and Jonas has the attention of everyone. 
  • JONAS! JONAS! JONAS!
  • I must have this skill, but what does it mean...
  • Chief Elder says that being the Receiver of Memory must be apart from the community. This scares Jonas but he keeps listening intently. 
  • Listing each of the characteristics that this selection demands, she mentions one that no one, not even herself, fully understands. She says that the former Receiver sees this is in him and that maybe he understands what this task is. 
  • At this moment, Jonas experiences the Capacity to See Beyond again and knows this task is meant for him. The audience suddenly erupts in celebration of Jonas' new task, and Jonas stands proud. 
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