The Giver Chapter 8

The Giver Chapter 8

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  • I know, you all think that I have made a mistake. But do not worry, I have not.
  • "'Jonas has not been assigned, Jonas has been selected,'"(Lowry 60).
  • We all remember the last attempt at a Receiver, it did not end well. But we will not dwell on it, as we have taken more thought and caution into finding our new receiver.
  • The people of the community believe that the Chief Elder has made a mistake, skipping over Jonas. This however, was not a mistake. 
  • For our new receiver Jonas shows us all the traits required to go through this training. Intelligence, Integrity, and Courage.
  • This, being selected, means that Jonas is now the new Receiver of Memory. Such a role comes very rarely.
  • "'Jonas, the training required of you involves pain. Physical pain. You have never experienced that... But you will be faced now with pain of a magnitude that none of us here can comprehend,'"(Lowry 63).
  • The Chief Elder reminded the community of the last time someone was selected. Though Jonas, or any other kids remember it, they all feel a sense of discomfort.
  • But for now, we will celebrate our twelves being assigned their new jobs. Jonas, thank you for your childhood.
  • The Chief Elder tells everyone that Jonas has everything needed to become the Receiver of Memory. But also that he will aquire wisdom and the capibility to see beyond.
  • Jonas learns that he will be faced with pain that he, or anyone has ever experienced. Even the Giver, who went through the same training, was unable to explain the pain.
  • Jonas is excited to be the new Receiver of Memory, but is worried for what pain lies ahead.
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