"the document was read to the assembled family units. 'New child 23,' the namer had read. 'Lily.' "Page 25 Families are strategically put together but the chief elder and children are named with numbers before they go to a home. They are no choices and everything is simply put together for them.
A Game of Cops and Robbers
"There was absolutely nothing remarkable about that apple - it had changed" Page 39 Jonas is starting to see differences in everyday life and is gaining knowledge over his fellow classmates. The red apple is symbolic to the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden.
Escape and Protect
"'Jonas has not been assigned,' 'Jonas has been selected to be our next receiver of memory.' " Pages 81 & 82 Everyone who is assigned a normal, small job has a big folder full of rules and instructions. Jonas was selected for the most important, big job but only receives one, small sheet of paper full of rules. This shows how he is a small part of the community that is going to make a big difference, much like his small set of rules holding great importance.
All the Colours of the Rainbow
"Overwhelmed by pain, he lay there in the fearsome stench for hours, listened to the men and amilmals die, and learned what warfare meant." Page 154 When he was experiencing 'war' he was putting together in his mind what 'death' was and realised that not only soldiers are lying dead infant of him, but also everyone who had been 'released'. He realises that he himself is now at war with his community.
"Sometimes - the memories - felt that they were more shallow, a little weaker - It was what he had hoped, and - as he moved away from the community, he would shed the memories and leave them behind for the people." Page 211 He is crossing the metaphorical rainbow, approaching elsewhere and is leaving all his memories for the community
"red, blue and yellow lights that twinkled from trees in places where families created and kept memories, where they celebrated love. - He heard people singing." [ages 223 & 224 Everyone now has all of the memories, Christmas has come and baby Gabriel is in a manger like baby Jesus, being re-born into a better world.