The scene is significant to Jonas' journey in the story as it is the first mention of his pale eyes and why he is different to other children in the community. The scene also introduces Gabriel who also has this rare mutation. This scene symbolises the differences of Jonas and Gabriel to the rest of the community and the special characteristic that they share.
The True meaning of 'Release'
This scene is significant to Jonas' journey as it shows the audience that Jonas is not only different because of his eyes but that he has also been chosen due to his special abilities as seen in the quote 'He has shown all of the qualities that a receiver must have." pg.84.
Love inspiring risk
This scene is significant as it shows that Jonas is beginning to have a different understanding of the world and the meaning of life, compared to others in the community. On page 154 "and learned what warfare meant". This indicates that he is just a small amount of people who know what warfare is.
A new memory of pain
This scene is significant because it changes Jonas' perspective on what is perceived by most as very common 'ceremony' only because of Jonas' new knowledge and memories does he start to realise and question his community's decisions. "He killed it! My father killed it!' page 188, shows how Jonas is starting to question what his people do.
This scene is significant because it shows that with Jonas' new memories he has started to disobey rules of the community out of love for Gabriel and also because of his new knowledge of what release means. He also escapes early without essential memories such as courage and strength because Gabriel's' release is announced. "and he had taken Gabriel too" page 208
This scene is significant because it shows that while Jonas had felt pain before through the Giver's memories he is now creating his own true memories of pain and is willing to sacrifice himself for Gabe. "he grabbed instinctively for Gabe" page 213