When Jonas is chosen to take the role of Receiver of Memories, he starts to learn how life used to be, when love, pain, hunger, and happiness existed. After deciding that the community is meaningless, Jonas sacrifices himself in the end so his friends, family, and others from his community will be able to experience life to the fullest. The story proves to us that even though we may wish for a perfect world by eliminating the bad, we also take away some of the good, making the perfect life we strive for impossible to achieve.
Lowry uses imagery to show how receiving memories is like a sled ride. At first the sled ride starts as extremely delightful and pleasurable, but then it slowly turns a bit harsher when you realize the snow piling up on you. When Jonas first learns of snow through a sled ride he takes in as a memory, he does not understand why such a wonderful experience would be kept from the community. The Giver says that "snow made growing food difficult...and unpredictable weather made travel almost impossible at times. (p. 67)". By the end of the scene, Jonas accepts the memory more as a burden than a enjoyable nostalgic memory. To the people of the community snow had made everyday tasks difficult to complete, but when climate control stopped snowfall, the community never knew of the delightful snowflakes,
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