The Giver

what is an example that shows Jonas's concern for precision of language

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On Page 3 of the novel we learn, "Jonas was careful about language. Not like his friend, Asher, who talked too fast and mixed things up, scrambling words and phrases until they were barely recognizable and often very funny" Students are taught from a young age that feelings must be expressed in an appropriate way and urged to make correct choices in their wording.

Families share their feeling at dinner each night. Jonas is careful about the words he chooses in order to make the perfect choice. Jonas is a stickler for detail and strives to know himself the best he can. His concern for the precision of language is one of the reasons he is chosen as the "receiver."


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