2a6x6 Assignments In The Giver

In the tightly controlled society of The Giver people are assigned positions that the Chief Elder assigns to them based upon personality traits and talents that they exhibit. Here are some of the positions that are assigned to people at the various Ceremonies:

  • Birthmother - In this position, a young woman is pampered for three years as she gives birth each year; after than, she will become a Laborer.
  • Engineer - A friend of Jonas's...

In the tightly controlled society of The Giver people are assigned positions that the Chief Elder assigns to them based upon personality traits and talents that they exhibit. Here are some of the positions that are assigned to people at the various Ceremonies:

  • Birthmother - In this position, a young woman is pampered for three years as she gives birth each year; after than, she will become a Laborer.
  • Engineer - A friend of Jonas's father is an engineer who designed a bridge that crosses a river in the community. So, the engineer creates and designs blueprints and oversees constructions of buildings, etc.
  • Fish Hatchery Attendant - Another of Jonas's friends is given this job.
  • Assistant and Director of Recreation. The job of Assistant goes to Asher, a friend of Jonas with a good sense of fun; he will organize the various activities of the community
  • Rehabilitation Center worker - Benjamin does this job; he has designed some new equipment for the injured.
  • Food Production - This job could be at the school or other institution.
  • Caretaker of the Old - Fiona, a friend of Jonas, is assigned this position as she is good with the older members of the community.
  • Doctor
  • Nurturer - Jonas's father is a nurturer as he cares for the infants. He also releases them if they do not progress.
  • Instructor of the different age groups - Isaac, for example, is given the Sixes
  • Representative of the Department of Justice - This is a position that Jonas's mother has; she is essentially an attorney for the community.
  • Speaker - This person makes the public announcements.
  • Receiver of Memory - This job is given to Jonas, who can "see beyond." Jonas will be the keeper of memories for the community. The previous Receiver of Memory, who has been given memories of war, pain, joy, color, light, and music, all from a time before the community existed departed and these memories are lost. But Jonas will receive many more.
  • Chief Elder - This is the leader of the community.

Assignments are "secret selections" made by the Committee of Elders in order to determine what individuals will do in their lives. 

In order to make their selections, the Elders first carefully observe the individuals under consideration. Some of the observations of the children are made at school; additional observations are made of the children as they participate in their respective volunteer groups. Following the completion of their observations, the Elders meet extensively with all the...

Assignments are "secret selections" made by the Committee of Elders in order to determine what individuals will do in their lives. 

In order to make their selections, the Elders first carefully observe the individuals under consideration. Some of the observations of the children are made at school; additional observations are made of the children as they participate in their respective volunteer groups. Following the completion of their observations, the Elders meet extensively with all the instructors of each individual under consideration. Then, after the assignments have been decided, the ceremonies are held. 

The ceremonies differ for each age group. The Ceremony of One, for instance, assigns the "newchildren" to family units. These "newchildren" are given names to use instead of the numbers that they have been assigned since birth. The last ceremony, the Ceremony of Twelve, is the most important ceremony because those individuals who are Twelves are assigned a career. Thus they are placed on the path that will determine the rest of their lives.

In Chapter 2 of The Giver, the approaching Ceremony of Twelve causes Jonas some anxiety. His father tries to reassure him by saying,

"There are very rarely disappointments, Jonas. I don't think you need to worry...."

Also, his mother informs Jonas,

"After the Ceremony of Twelve, you'll be with your Assignment group, with those in training. No more volunteer hours. No more recreation hours. So your friends will no longer be as close."

Although Jonas is somewhat reassured by his parents, he does not have any idea of what his Assignment will be or how he might react to it.

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