"Jonas," she said, speaking not to him alone but to the entire community of which he was part, "you will be trained to be our next Receiver of Memory. We thank you for your childhood." (page 86)
"Actually, Jonas thought, trying to recreate it in his mind, it wasn't Fiona in her entirety. It seemed to be just her hair. And just for that flickering instant."(page 118)
The beginning to see beyond the Utopia society formed
The transfer of reality
"Jonas began to remember the wonderful sail that the Giver had given him not long before: a bright, breezy day on a clear turquoise lake, and above him the white sail of the boat billowing as he moved along in the brisk wind."(page 150)
Jonas has just received his assignment at the ceremony of 12. He has become the receiver of memory which is a very rare selection to be be made by the Chief Elder and the committee of Elders. His assignment allows him to see beyond and beneath the surface of his perfect world where there is no pain, hunger and no war. Jonas is scared, afraid and petrified of what suffering he may have to go through to relive the pain his society forgot. Jonas is different from his society as he has the capacity to see beyond.This assignment allows Jonas to unravel the dark secrets of his perfect world and go through an unmaginable journey .
What true pain really feels like
When Jonas was given the assignment of Receiver of memory he was given this assignment as he had been noticed by the Elder committee that he had the power to see beyond. Before the ceremony of 12 he saw the apple flickering just as this instant after the ceremony where him and fiona where riding on there bikes to the building, Jonas notices Fiona's hair flickering from its original form to a different colour red. At this point of the novel Jonas is now starting to see colour and things for how they really are.
What was known as murder
"He killed it! My father killed it! Jonas said to himself, stunned at what he was realising. He continued to stare at the screen numbly." (page 188)
Jonas hears his father and mother talking about how Gabe will have to be released if he does not start settling in so Jonas offers for Gabe to sleep in his room. Jonas wakes up in the middle of the night from Gabe's loud cry and rubs his back, he accidentally transmits the memory of the sailing boat in the lake on a bright day, this suddenly soothes Gabe and he stops crying but Jonas's memory of the lake slowly dims from him. This part of the conflict is important as it causes Jonas to realise that he can transmit his memory's to gabe and he might be like him.
The end or the beginning?
As Jonas continues to receive memories from the giver, he comes into his first painful memory of war. This is a significant part of the novel as it conveys how this perfect world has hidden the painful parts that the past experienced and how before the giver past on the memory to Jonas, he never knew pain existed he didn't know what it was and it shocked him once he felt true pain.
" It was daylight early morning and the air was thick with smoke that hung, yellow and brown , above the ground. Around him, everywhere, far across the expanse of what seemed to be a field, lay groaning men." (page 153)
This part of the novel is significant as Jonas finally discovers what it truly means to be releaesed. Jonas's whole life he knew his father was a nurturure for the young babies. but up until the giver showed him the video of his father releasing a young baby, he was disguised his whole life, the whole community was. Someone he knew so well could kill babies. Jonas was aggrovated and fustrated that his own father killed. This was significant though and had an impact on Jonas throughout the journey.
"Jonas felt a ripping sensation inside himself, the feeling of terrible pain clawing its way forward to emerge in a cry" (page 189)
Once Jonas knew that Gabe was going to be released the next day he devised a plan to escape the community on a sledge with Gabe. He travelled through the snow storm so fast, his surroundings started to change and Gabe was getting sick so Jonas transfered his last bits of memories of warmth to keep Gabe alive, until they stop and see ahead a house with lights and music as if they where celebrating a festival. This marks a significant impact to the ending of the novel as you are un aware weather its the beggining to something new, a change in society or the end.
"Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo" (page 224)