The Giver

jonas and his father

How did jonas and his father change, and why so throughout the novel?

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Jonas changes because of his new position and the knowledge he gains through the Giver's memories. As the receiver, he sees things in an entirely different light, which to him, makes many of his father's actions questionable. The fact that Jonas is now free to shrug off many of the rules in the community makes him different. He can no longer share and be a part of the community or family in the same way.

Jonas' father never really changes. We applaud his actions in attempting to save Gabriel, but the fact that he is a loving, nurturing and caring man doesn't change his ultimate duty to his assignment in the community.


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