The Giver

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  • Jonas is at the ceremony of twelve waiting for his Job to be announced. The Chief Elder just announced number 18 which meant Jonas was next, but number 19 wasn't announced 20 was. This made the audience and Jonas Confused. 
  • Eighteen, please come to the stage..... okay now number twenty
  • Ceremony of Twelve
  • "What did [I]do wrong? " ( Lowry 73).
  • The Chief Elder apologizes for making the audience and Jonas anxious by skipping Jonas's number.
  • " I know... That you are all concerned. You feel I have made a mistake... I have caused you anxiety, I apologize to my community" ( Lowry 74,75).
  • " We accept your apologie" ( Lowry 75). 
  • Ceremony of Twelve
  • The Chief Elder announces that she skipped Jonas's number because he was not assigned, he was selected as the next Receiver of Memory. Jonas also notices the old Receiver of Memory and how he has the same pale eyes as Jonas.
  • " Jonas has not been assigned... Jonas has been Selected" ( Lowry 75). Jonas will be our next Receiver of Memory
  • Ceremony of Twelve
  • The old Receiver of Memory has the same eyes as me
  • The Chief elder discusses why they selected Jonas and the qualities needed to be Receiver of Memory.  The Chief Elder states that a Receiver of Memory must have intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and then the Chief Elder states " finally, The Receiver must have one more quality, and it is one which I can only name, but not describe. I do not understand it. You members of the community will not understand it, either. Perhaps Jonas will, because the current receiver has told us that Jonas already has this quality. He calls it the capacity to see beyond"( Lowry 79). 
  • A Receiver of Memory must have the following traits, Intelligence, Integrity, Courage , Wisdom and the ability to see beyond
  • Ceremony of Twelve
  • Jonas was standing up on the stage, and when " ... he looked out across the crowd, the sea of faces, the thing happened again. The thing that happened with the apple. They changed"(Lowry 80). 
  • The ability to see beyond? " I think it's true... I don't understand it. I don't know what it is. But sometimes I see something and maybe it is beyond" ( Lowry 80). 
  • Ceremony of Twelve
  • The Chief Elder thanked Jonas for his childhood and left the stage leaving Jonas up on the stage alone. Jonas faced the crowd and heard a collective murmur of his name, as it got louder and faster. 
  • "JONAS.JONAS.JONAS"( Lowry 81). 
  • Ceremony of Twelve
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