When Jonas is throwing an apple in a game of catch with his best friend Asher, he sees the apple change colour, but at the time he doesn't know how to explain it. This scene is an important moment in the film as it shows Jonas realising that something about him is different."But suddenly Jonas had noticed, following the path of the apple through the air with eyes, that the piece of fruit had - well this is the part that he couldn't adequately understand - the apple had changed."(pg 39)
PAIN OF THE PAST
forgive me, jonas. the memory of war was just causing me too much pain
At the ceremony of twelve, Jonas and his peers receive their roles in the community. But when Jonas is skipped and the announcer continues to give the other twelves their jobs, Jonas is confused about what he has done to not receive his role. When Jonas is finally called up and given his role, we learn the scenes significance as it shows he is different to the others and is going to have a bigger role in changing the community. "Jonas has been selected to be our next receiver of memory." (pg 82)
DEATH VS RELEASE
poor gabe, we have to release him tomorrow.
we tried our best to help him.
When Jonas starts receiving happy memories from the giver, he learns that what he saw happen to the apple is called colour, and everything has colour. He learns about hills and weather and love. When he starts learning these things, we know Jonas is involved in something bigger as he has such an important role and his job is also easy going, meaning he will do well at it and won't have to worry. His relationship developing with the giver also shows how he will do good things. "close your eyes and be still now. I'm going to give you the memory of a rainbow." (pg 125)
we'll be there soon gabe, hold on. its going to be alright.
Once the giver starts giving Jonas bad memories, like the ones of war and pain and sadness, Jonas learns that the world is not perfect. When Jonas and the giver start talking about how unfair it is that they have to carry the burden of the memories, we know Jonas is going to do something important because of how passionate he is about his job and the community. He wants to make a change. "Finally, when he knew that he could bear it no longer and would welcome death itself, he opened his eyes." (pg 154)
At the dining table, eating their evening meal, the family discuss their day and how they were feeling. In between eating, Father said goodbye to Gabe, because he was being released tomorrow morning. When Jonas is angry and we see his reaction to the situation, we learn the importance of the scene as he knows what really happens and is going to take action to stop it. "its bye-bye to you, Gabe, in the morning." (pg 207)
When Jonas decides to run away with Gabe, to stop him from being released, he gets past the boundary of the community and learns what the real world is like. He experiences hunger, snow, hills, and physical pain unlike any other. We see how determined Jonas is to leave and save Gabe, whilst sharing his memories with the community to make a change. We have a feeling he will make it because of his courage and determination. "But he had come this far. He must try to go on." (pg 220)