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The Giver

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Choices Quotes

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Quote #7

The next morning, for the first time, Jonas did not take his pill. Something within him, something that had grown there through the memories, told him to throw the pill away. (16.77)

Think about what happens to Jonas right before he stops taking his pills. Hmm…

Quote #8

It was as simple as that. Once he had yearned for choice. Then, when he had had a choice, he had made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was starving. (22.20)

Jonas earlier contemplated the danger that is inherent to making a choice, and now he's facing that danger firsthand. But in all this contemplation, we never get the sense that Jonas regrets having escaped the community. Sure, he may have made the wrong choice, but he seems to still appreciate that he got to make a choice at all. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on our part…

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