Not long after the escape from the community, Jonas kept persuading to himself that there is no reason why he should stay in the community. "At dawn, the orderly, disciplined life he had always known would continue again, without him. The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain, or past." (Lowry 207) New Book
Refusal of the Return
How could anyone possibly live there! I mean, Sameness is boring and unfair. Nobody has their own choices or feelings, and don't get me started about not seeing colors!
When Jonas's food supply ran out, he was worried he would starve. He worried more about Gabe than himself. "But there were desperate fears building in him now as well. The most relentless of his new fears was that they would starve. Now that they had left the cultivated fields behind them, it was almost impossible to find food." (Lowry 216) New Book
What are we going to do without food Gabe?
Jonas cold and starving, carried Gabe throughout the snowy landscape. He barely had any strength left and depended on the warmth in the memories that The Giver gave. "There had been no time to receive the memories he and The Giver had counted on, of the strength. So he relied on what he had, and hoped it would be enough." (Lowry 209) New Book
Rescue from Without
Happiness, Sadness, Love, Courage memories
The Crossing or Return Threshold
At the end, Jonas practically saw his destination. He realized that The Giver's plan had started to slowly work. The further away Jonas went from the community, the more memories started going back to the community. "It was what he had hoped, and what he and The Giver planned: that as he moved away from the community, he would shed the memories and leave them behind for the people."(Lowry 212)