In this passage, Jonas continues to trek with Gabriel to find shelter. This relates to the theme of family because of the lengths Jonas goes to comfort Gabriel, bound not by obligation, but by love. Love, not obligation is the most important virtue of family.
In this passage, the Giver transmits the memory of family to Jonas during a training session. This relates to the theme of family because Jonas learns about what family was like Elsewhere, before the creation of rigid and emotionless family units.
In this passage, the ritual of a family sharing their feelings is described. This relates to my theme because the first scene of the book takes place in Jonas’ house with his family, making family a significant theme from the start.
Who wants to be first tonight, for feelings?
In this passage, Jonas asks if his parents love him after receiving the memory of family. His parents respond by chastising him for imprecision of language, saying that the word love is meaningless. The passage connects to the theme of family because Jonas asks his family an important question and learns that they are bound to him not by love, but by forced obligation.
"He hugged Gabriel and rubbed him briskly, warming him, to keep him alive. The wind was bitterly cold. The snow swirled, blurring his vision. But somewhere ahead, through the blinding storm, he knew there was warmth and light."
"As Jonas watched, a small child began to pick up the packages and pass them around the room: to other children, to adults who were obviously parents, and to an older, quiet couple, man and woman, who sat smiling together on a couch.”
In this passage, the Giver reveals to Jonas that Rosemary, his failed previous student was also his daughter. This takes place during one of Jonas’ training sessions. The quote relates to my chosen theme because it reveals a familial connection between two significant characters.
Her name was Rosemary
“‘Who wants to be first tonight, for feelings?’ Jonas’ father asked, at the conclusion of their evening meal. It was one of the rituals, the evening telling of feelings. Sometimes Jonas and his sister, Lily, argued over turns, over who would go first. Their parents, of course, were part of the ritual; they, too, told their feelings each evening.”
In this passage, Jonas and the Giver discuss the topic of grandparents. This relates to my theme because of Jonas’ enthusiasm and happiness when discussing family before the creation of strict units.
“He made himself say the words, though he had felt flushed with embarrassment. He had rehearsed them in his mind all the way home from the Annex.‘Do you love me? There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. ‘Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!’‘What do you mean?’ Jonas asked. Amusement was not at all what he had anticipated. ‘Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it’s become almost obsolete,’ his mother explained carefully. Jonas stared at them. Meaningless? He had never before felt anything as meaningful as the memory.”
Do you love me?
“Jonas had been staring glumly at the floor. Now he looked up, startled. ‘I didn’t know you had a daughter, Giver! You told me that you’d had a spouse. But I never knew about your daughter.’ The Giver smiled, and nodded. For the first time in their long months together, Jonas saw him look truly happy. ‘Her name was Rosemary,’ The Giver said.”
“‘Grandparents. It meant parents-of-the-parents, long ago.’ ‘Back and back and back?’ Jonas began to laugh. ‘So actually, there could be parents-of-the-parents-of-the-parents-of-the-parents?’ The Giver laughed, too. ‘That’s right It’s a little like looking at yourself in a mirror looking at yourself in a mirror.”
So actually, there could be parents-of-the- parents-of-the- parents-of-the- parents?