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The Value of a Multi-generational Family
The members of the families in the community are put together by others. When the two children in each family are grown, the parents do not remain together. There is no longer a family unit. The older people are separate from the rest of the community. When Jonas receives a memory of a family group that includes grandparents, he immediately sees the value of such a group.
The Importance of Making Connections
Our connections with other people are very important. The author knows this and incorporates it into her story.
The Value of Diversity
The story shows the value of diversity. Sameness gives the community a feeling of safety, but diversity is more interesting.
The Importance of Honesty
When he becomes the Receiver of Memories, Jonas is told that he can lie. He begins to wonder if others also have permission to lie. He cannot ask if those whom he asks are forbidden to lie because an affirmative answer could be a lie. This distresses Jonas. He is also distressed by the way that the names of various things are misleading and dishonest. An example is the use of the word ďreleaseĒ in the community.
The mood of this novel is apprehensive. We see through the eyes of the protagonist, Jonas. In the beginning of the story, Jonasís apprehension is centered on what assignment he will be given during the Ceremony of Twelve. Later in the tale, the causes of his apprehension are more serious.
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