The Giver

what does jonas conclude about the freedom to choose? How does he feel after coming to this conclusion? Why do you think he feels this way?

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I know this book pretty well, It's burned in my brain. Jonas concludes that the right to choose is fundamental to what makes us human. Choosing gives people the freedom to fail, persevere, succeed, feel pain, feel sorrow....Jonas is tired of the one dimensional society he lives in. Emotions are vacuumed up like messes on a carpet(sorry, bad simile) so people can't comprehend anything of substance. Jonas can't stand this anymore. He sees what people are and what people could be if they were allowed to choose their own pain, joy and destiny.

It was as simple as that. Once he had yearned for choice. Then, when he had had a choice, he had made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was starving. (22.20)

Jonas learns that making choices is difficult, but sometimes the choices we make cause things to be even more difficult than it would have been otherwise. Danger causes Jonas to question the choice he's made, but he doesn't regret having made it. It's all about the opportunity and having options. Having the chance to make your own decision makes them worthwhile.......... no matter whether they're right or wrong.


The Giver