Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory
Ceremony Of 12's
The Receiving Of Snow
"I am going to transmit the memory of snow," the old man said. -Pg 105
This scene introduces a main character. The scene clearly points out that Gabe and Jonas are special compared to the rest of the family as it comments on the fact that they both have pale blue eyes. The uniqueness shared in their eye colour conveys the idea that Gabe and Jonas will be ''different'' in the story and conflict will evolve from this.
Realisation Of 'Release'
Jonas gets a special, one of a kind job as the Receiver of Memory. This job sets him away from the rest of the community and shapes him as an individual. It is told from this scene that Jonas has special capabilities and is different. His values will be put to the test as he begins training.
The Plan Of Escape
Jonas is introduced by The Giver to memories. The first memory being snow. From this he begins to learn about feelings, colour and human emotions. This scene results in Jonas getting wiser and having a different view aswell as more insight on the world compared to his fellow community members who are shut off from this.
Sliding Into A New Beginning
Unlike others of the community Jonas is allowed to ask questions. In this scene he requests for The Giver to allow him to watch his father perform the Ceremony of Release. The scene shows us that community members are killed in secret. The community is proven to be imperfect and untruthful.
He killed it! My father killed it!
Jonas takes Gabe and leaves to find 'Elsewhere' he is off to find a new life for them both of them outside the community. Regardless of breaking the community rules and the problems that will arise from the memories going back to the community, Gabe is too important for Jonas to leave behind. A realisation of love, bravery and persistence is shown throughout this scene.
"He moves stealthily and silently, staying in the shadows, making his way past the darkened dwellings" -Pg 204
Jonas and Gabe slide down a snow hill on a sled, just like in the memory The Giver transmitted to Jonas. The goal of the whole book is summarised in this scene, finding that there is a world outside the community and a shining, happy place over the hill. Jonas and Gabe are given the potential experience of change and the power to explore their differences through freedom.
"The runners sliced through the snow and the wind whipped at his face as they sped in a straight line through an incision that seemed to lead to the fine destination, the Elsewhere that held their future and their past." -Pg 223