This is the moment where Jonas feels confused and strange as he has experienced something that others have not. This is the start of Jonas' journey and it makes the readers realise that Jonas is different from others. "The apple had changed. Just for an instant."
Rebellious but Caring Jonas
The Ceremony of Twelve is an important part of Jonas' journey as he has to learn to put his job first for the community. He has to be alone and apart by not discussing his training with any other members of the community. Jonas has to learn to be different from others. "He is to be alone, apart, while he is prepared by the current Receiver for the job which is the most honoured in our community."
Death By Look Alike
This is important for Jonas' character development as he receives his first memory. He learns that there is 'elsewhere' and that his community has changed the way they live. Although this memory is happy he will receive some painful memories so the community doesn't have to experience the pain or the consequences of making the wrong decisions. "Close your eyes. Relax. This will not be painful."
Out of Here
This scene is important as Jonas learns to 'love' Gabriel. Jonas is willing to break the rules of the Receiver of Memories and give Gabriel his memory to help him sleep. "He was not aware of giving the memory; but suddenly he realised that it was becoming dimmer, that it was sliding through his hand into the being of the new child."
Jonas finds out that the ceremony of release is actually a person getting inserted with a needle which kills them but the community doesn't realise that they have died, it is natural for them as they think it is just the person being released. Jonas discovers what the community is really like and that it isn't the right way to live as 'releasing' people because of a flaw about them, doesn't mean they aren't worthy of living. "He killed it! My father killed it!"
This is the moment where Joans leaves his community to 'elsewhere' because he finds out Gabriel was going to be released the next day. Jonas loves Gabriel and he doesn't want anything to happen to him as he is willing to sacrifice himself for him. "He no longer cared about himself."