To be honest, Jonas... for me, there was not the element of suspense that there is with your Ceremony.
Gabe the Newchild
Well, I thought maybe this once.
Maybe we could even keep him.
Lily, you know the rules.
Attention! This is a reminder to male Elevens that objects are not to be removed from the recreation area and that snacks are to be eaten, not hoarded!
At the Ceremony of Twelve, everyone in the group of will-be Twelves are assigned a job of their interest for the rest of their working life. The Assignment of each Twelve is carefully chosen by the Committee of Elders. Jonas is not clear about what Assignment he wants.
The House of Old
It's good to have some volunteers here today!
At the Nurturing Center, Jonas' father finds a newchild called Gabriel, of whom he notices is experiencing developmental issues. Jonas' sister jokes about keeping Gabe, only to be reminded of the rules by her Mother. Jonas' relationship with Gabe becomes a motivation for his actions later in the story.
Jonas starts to question the rules in this limiting society, as he thinks the announcement about hoarding food has singled him out, although without the use of any specific people.
It's called snow, Gabe. Snowflakes. They fall down from the sky, and they're very beautiful!
Jonas decides to pass by the House of Old to spend his volunteering hours. Here, he finds that Asher and Fiona are already in the bathroom area, so he joins them. Through developing a relationship with the elderly, this motivates Jonas to help others with things they struggle with in life.
Jonas recieves the rarest assignment in the community: Reciever of Memory. Here, he is admitted to a private area. While Jonas meets The Giver, they retrace memories and emotions of Jonas. These emotions motivate Jonas to question society because the memories are very different from his reality.
When the Giver shows Jonas what a release is, he realises that his Father had killed a twin that was considered not as healthy as the other twin. This motivates Jonas to run away with Gabe.