Do you understand why it's inappropriate to use a word like 'love'? (page 163)
Do you love me? (page 162)
*chuckles*, Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please! (page 162)
"This was the part that he couldn't adequately understand - the apple had changed" (page 39). This is even before he has received any memories from The Giver. They are simply playing catch with an apple and something unusual occurs because of the red on it, and he is very confused. The literal meaning of this scene is that he can see flickers of colour on the apple when it was tossed through the air. The implied meaning is that he is different being able to see colour, like no one else in the community (apart from The Giver). Jonas has not yet received the memory of colour but can already see parts of it. The symbolic meaning is that it is telling us that sameness is not perfect and that there are defects, having a controlled world is not completely perfect.
IT'S JUST A GAME
This scene is the celebration of ages, and Jonas has been skipped in the order when delegating the assignments. He is then called up at the end and has been selected to become the prestigious and highly honoured job of The Receiver. "Jonas has been selected to be our next Receiver of Memory." The literal meaning of this scene is that he is now a twelve and he has the job of receiving memories from The Giver. The implied meaning, is that he is very nervous at this time - being skipped and having everyone wondering why this is the case. The symbolic meaning of this scene is linking to the theme representing this scene as going from childhood to adulthood, the assignment of jobs and the twelve ceremony shows that Jonas is now an adult and no longer is a child. It is also symbolic because it links to sameness getting rid of all memories, and Jonas has been selected to carry them all.
THE TRUTH OF RELEASE
This is when Jonas asks his parents if they love him, and they respond with laughs - finding it funny and then telling him off. The literal meaning is that he asks them if they love him, and they react. He responds by admitting that love is the inappropriate word to use which was a lie because he genuinely wanted to know the answer to the question. The implied meaning is that he is curious as to whether they fully understand what love means as he does now because of the memories. The symbolic meaning is conveyed by implicitly telling the reader that you need memories in order to know and understand the meaning of true emotions
LEAVING FOR THE BETTER
After receiving memories of war, Jonas witnesses Asher and other children playing a war game in there recreational time, and had a negative attitude towards it because he has knowledge of wars in the past. "But it's a cruel game. In the past, there have--" (page 171).The literal meaning is that Asher and the other children are playing a war game, with fake reactions pretending and interpretating there own version of war. The implied meaning of this scene is that the memories he receives are affecting his personal life, and causes him to dislike the game and be negative towards his peers expressing himself with anger. The symbolic meaning is that the community has not completely emitted aspects of the past, because they still use these in their community in forms of games.
This is when The Giver shows Jonas what his father did in the morning with the smaller twin baby. The literal meaning is that Jonas watches his father on a screen releasing a baby, and ending its life. "Bye-bye, little guy" (page 189) his father had said. The implied meaning is that Jonas did not know the meaning of release, and he is furious with his father and the community leaders who allow this to occur. The symbolic meaning is that his father's actions are similar to abortion, but the baby has been born and then killed.
Jonas has been obedient of the rules, up until the point where he leaves the community and runs away with Gabriel. He is frustrated at the community and is happy that he is leaving. The literal meaning of this scene is that he leaves the community because he dislike it, this is because of the meaning of release and sameness. The implied meaning is that Jonas is saving the community by leaving, because the memories are past to everyone and they can overcome it together. The symbolic meaning is the concept that what he has learnt from the community and The Giver makes him leave, and save the community. "That night, Jonas was forced to flee." (page 204)