Even as a child Jonas was unusually perceptive, this is characterized through his pale eyes which appear deeper than the other children’s dark eyes. While he gets along well with his peers he still feels different. Jonas has a heightened sense of people and who they are, the reasoning for things, and curiosity of new things. He particularly enjoys the freedom to make his own choices as to where he will serve his volunteer hours. Jonas never volunteered at one place more than another, which made it hard for him to predict what job he will be assigned.
Everything was just…perfect. But soon Jonas realizes the truth: You really cannot live a good life without pain; the pain makes the other things in life worth living for. Once the truth is uncovered by Jonas, he figures out even more secrets that ruin the image he has of the perfect community he lives in. Basically, he does not see it as this perfect place he grew up in, anymore. This ‘utopian’ community is definitely not utopian because no one here can precisely express themselves, the people have adapted to ‘sameness’, and they perform inhuman tasks, which all add up to a less-than-perfect society.
We first meet Jonas when he is eleven and apprehensive about his upcoming 12th birthday. This birthday will determine what his life’s work will be within the community. The community is lead by a group of elders and it is the elders who determine what jobs each 12 year old will have. The children have no word or input into their jobs, they must accept whatever is decided for them. In his ceremony of twelve, Jonas is surprised to learn that he has been picked to be Receiver of Memories in training, a unique and prestigious position.
He doesn’t accept any help from anyone because he wants to do everything on his own to get himself busy in order to be liberated of his pain. In a way he is shutting his sorrow away until he obtains the strength to deal with it and to reach his inner peace and harmony. In conclusion, R.K.Narayan, through his short novel, examines many large issues – love death, loyalty, and fate. He tries to teach us the unpredictability of life. Things don’t always work out the way we expect them but they do always happen for a reason.
The medicine however, only works a little bit or for a small amount of time because of how much guilt Dimmesdale is giving himself from not confessing. Arthur Dimmesdale lives with the pain growing and growing without confessing, wanting to please Hester, keep his promise to her and make sure she gets treated the way she is supposed to from all the drudgery she has done to remake her life new. Dimmesdale, at the time has his concentration on keeping other people happy at his time of life to make up for the sin he has done that he did not focus on keeping himself happy and neither did anyone else. Arthur Dimmesdale did not have the opportunity to confess his sins to the town because Hester and he agreed to keep that part of their life a secret from people, not wanting to have an even higher punishment. After more and more time passes on, Dimmesdale continues his ministry following his new emotional path
The Giver likes to have the memory, however he feels loneliness not to share the memory with people, regret to receive the memory, and bitterness that the community would keep this condition forever. He can not find out the possibility to change the entire community. Even though Jonas asked the Giver to come with him, he can not escape form the place and has to take care of the community (p.161-162). The Giver’s compassion in the story is not only for the community but also for Jonas. He must be confused and struggling because he already knows the train will be hard and control the most important parts of the human, which includes the feelings like love, warmth, sadness, patience, and pleasure.
After he began to notice this endless cycle he realized how dissatisfied it really made him. He had learned all the noble tools the samanas had taught for attaining the innermost Being that is no longer Self, yet even after mastering all of the arts he never progressed further than his cycle of abandoning his Self and returning to it. Although Siddhartha felt dissatisfied with his stay with the Samanas, in reflection there were a lot of things that he took from his experience with them. He mastered the art of self-denial and many ways of losing the Self, which was very important. He became patient enough to wait for anything and learned to live without food or any other necessities.
They gave that burden to me” (Lowry 103). The Giver is burdened with the responsibility to not share memories even though that is what he feels the community deserves. In addition, he believes the community lives a very monotonous life where nothing ever changes. Everything is meaningless without memories because the community does not know what it is like to be human without feelings. Overall, Jonas and The Giver’s outlooks on their “utopian” society change as they realize that without
He takes interest in nothing because he can easily find a logical reason why not to. He doesn’t even portray in social collaboration amongst schoolmates, aside from Stradlater and Ackley of course. He obviously does not join sports, plays, and other related activities, most likely because they are all too social. Holdens relationship with Stradlater, a GQ roommate, was more of a pastime activity, rather then a real friendship. Though Holden is a rather negative guy his thought structure is pure, and he is in general a good person with a free mind.
Everyone in life has caused mischief or trouble to the community during their lifetime. There is always reasoning behind these acts whether it creates memory for one or just due to immaturity of a person. In the short story, “A Small Crime” by Jerry Wexler, a young boy, at the age of nine years old, commits a crime of plagiarism and is later disciplined by his parents. However, his father eventually tells him his own personal experience of writing on a wall in the railway station. The age of a person highly affects their reasoning behind the actions they perform, as one ages, one is able to have a more valid reasoning for their actions due to one’s greater knowledge and familiarity with society.