I'm feeling apprehensive for the Ceremony of Twelve.
During the evening ritual, Jonas reveals that he is starting to become anxious about what may happen in the ceremony of twelve.
Thanks for sharing your feelings. Let's talk privately.
I felt very angry this afternoon at this boy!
At this point, Jonas is worrying about his assignment being chosen, and about Ashers future. Without free choice, Asher or Jonas won't have the opportunity to change their job if they dislike it.
For my ceremony, the Elders picked my assignment, Nurturer.
Not in my year there wasn't, but there are laborers chosen.
Are there ever any disappointments or dislikes in assignments?
I don't know what my assignment will be, and I can't change it.
When Jonas was selected to be the Receiver of Memory he was thinking about pleading to them and saying that he cannot do it and he wasn't good enough, but he didn't have a choice. In the end he had to welcome the new assignment, or be released.
You have received a great honor by being designated to be the next Receiver of Memory.
I think I have these attributes. I'm ready.
You must have intelligence, integrity, wisdom, and courage. You will endure pain, suffering, and happiness, so you must be prepared.
After the message, Jonas thought "... uneventful days at work, ordinary lives free of anguish because he had been selected, as others before him had, to bear their burden. But the choice was not his" (Lowry 121).
*Sending painful memory of war and violence to Jonas*
After experiencing the pain and suffering that this assignment has brought, Jonas started to want to leave, but he couldn't. He didn't have the choice.
Jonas and the Giver have realized that things in the community must be changed to let people have choices, and let them live a real life. Jonas is willing to risk everything he has ever known for change.
"And having you here with me over the past year has made me realize that things must change... Now for the first time I think there might be a way," (Lowry 155).
"I'll do it. I think I can do it" (Lowry 155).
Finally, after perseverance Jonas has taken Gabriel and left his community to release memories, so that the people will experience them and change for the better. He has also found new life with choices, freedom, and individuality that he has longed for.
We're almost there. We must make it to elsewhere to release my old memories, and let everyone change!