When Jonas learns that Release means euthanasia, The Giver says "They know nothing." Is that true? If it is true, does that excuse their behavior?
It's probably true that Jonas' father is ignorant of the consequences of his actions, but that may not excuse him. He has no memory of pain and doesn't know that things can be done another way. That said, he does lie. And his behavior does raise the question whether members of the Community have chosen to conform, rather than to resist.
At the end of Chapter 20, Jonas sees The Giver look truly happen for the first time when he talks about his daughter, Rosemary. Why might the Giver be happy?
The Giver might be...
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