The Giver

why does the stock phrase "back and back and back" seemm ominous to Jonas?

it's in chapter 14 if that helps....???

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Jonas says this in an outburst of bitterness and despair at the Giver’s suggestion that the two of them might devise a plan to return the memories to the community. THe quote “back and back and back,” is said with some bitter irony by Jonas. He parrots a phrase used by the Giver in early training sessions to explain the role of a Receiver within the society.Jonas means to use this phrase to illustrate the utter futility of trying to change things in such a stagnant and controlled society. Sameness is more than a way of life, it validates their very existence. Jonas thinks this society can't handle change in any form.