At the start of the book, Jonas is just like all the others in his community. he follows the rules and is unaware of the secrets the elders (people that control the community) keep from the people. for example at the start of the novel Jonas is at home with his parents and his little sister Lilly when his parents ask him to confess his emotions. Jonas doesn't want to tell his family about his feelings although it is part of the rules in his community and he feels obliged to follow them. "Jonas sighed. This evening he would have preferred to keep his feelings hidden. But it was, of course against the rules."
sad, depressed, anxious
In this scene, Jonas and Asher are throwing an apple around when Jonas notices something different about the apple. This marks a change in Jonas as he starts to question what he has seen, "But suddenly Jonas had noticed the apple had changed..." Although Jonas notices something different and is puzzled, he moves on
In this scene, Jonas is starting to experience memories as the giver transfersthem to him. He is seeing and experiencing things he has never seen or experienced before. He is happy because these memories bring him joy and laughter. "He was eager for whatever experience would come next." Because of all these memories he has been exposed to, it makes him excited as before he was unaware and clueless about the past.
content, happy, revealed
When the Giver first started to transfer memories to Jonas, he was content as they were happy and joyful memories of people in the past. However, when the Giver starts transferring painful memories, he starts to feel shocked and saddened because of the lies he had once believed.This changes Jonas as he is depressed and angry as he realises how his community really is and what exists beyond it. "I don't know what you mean when you say the whole world or generations before him. I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now." This shows that Jonas is astonished by the realisation that evil exists. around him in his community.
After Jonas becomes aware of the sick babies and the elderly getting killed within the community (getting 'released') and the fact that Gabe (the sick baby his family is looking after) is about to be released, Jonas decides to escape his community and rescue him. After the memories have been transferred to Jonas, he is saddened and shocked, realising he is unable to stay in his community as he has become aware of the secrets the Elders hide from members of the community. He runs away with Gabe to keep him safe and to escape the torment of his community.
At the end of the book, Jonas has changed from anunknowing boy, who blindly follows the rules and does not question them, to an enlightened, wise, responsible boy, who looks out for not only himself, but others. After running away, he feels he has found himself and wherehe is meant to be. "But he began, suddenly, to feel happy. He began to recall happy times. He remembered his parents and his sister. He remembered his friends, Asher and Fiona. He remembered the Giver. Memories of joy flooded through him suddenly."