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The Giver Chapter 23 Summary & Quotes

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In Chapter 23 of 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry, Jonas and Gabriel are struggling in their journey but feel confident that freedom is within their grasp. In this lesson, we will summarize the final chapter of the novel.

Is Freedom Worth the Sacrifice?

Jonas has escaped his community that is dedicated to Sameness in order to find a new life of freedom, color, and emotions with Gabriel. Gabriel is an infant who has been living with Jonas' family, but was about to be executed for crying through the night until Jonas kidnaps him and takes him away. Life outside the community is harder than Jonas imagined it would be. He enjoys the beautiful things in nature that he has not experienced before, but he is travelling across difficult terrain with an infant on a bicycle without adequate food and shelter. Will they find a better place? In this lesson, we review the final chapter of The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Keeping the Faith

Have you ever known in your heart that if you can just hold on a little longer, things are going to turn around for you? Jonas is feeling confident that he is getting closer to Elsewhere, a place that Jonas is sure exists where people feel love and see colors. However, it is just a feeling, because nothing is in sight. When it begins to snow, Jonas notices how frail Gabriel is from their difficult journey. Jonas tries to teach Gabe about snow, but Gabe is too weak to respond. When the bicycle gets stuck in the snow, Jonas is tempted to give up, but he pushes himself: 'But he had come this far. He must try to go on.'

Sunshine and Happiness

As Jonas walks uphill, he tries to summon memories of warm sunshine to wrap around Gabriel and himself. The memories are much too rare and brief and seem to just leave him colder by comparison, but they give Jonas the strength to continue. Still freezing and exhausted as he reaches the top of the hill, Jonas begins to recollect his own happy memories of his family and friends. Up until this moment, Jonas has relied on the memories that were given to him by the Giver. His truest joy comes from the memories that belong to him. Happy times sustain Jonas during his uphill climb: 'Memories of joy flooded through him suddenly.'

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