Jonas' father

The loving Nurturer

Jonas' father is an important character in the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry. He lives in a row house together with his wife, his son Jonas and his daughter Lily. He is not the biological father of his two children, who were assigned to the family when they were about one year old. He also did not choose his wife himself. The assignment of the partner was determined by the Committee of Elders.

Jonas' father is a Nurturer by profession, which is considered a very important job in the community. Nurturers look after babies at the Nurturing Center until they are about one year old. When the children have passed a maturity test and if they sleep through the night, they can be given to a family (Chapter 1, 17%).

Jonas' father loves his job. He has felt the inclination to take care of babies since he was a child. He did all his volunteer hours at the Nurturing Center. He suspected and hoped then that his Assignment would be that of a Nurturer (Chapter 2, 60%). He was also a hardworking student (Chapter 2, 60%).

Caring, patient, and understanding

Jonas' father is joyful and playful: " 'I did,' his father said, laughing. 'I still do. Every day, at the Nurturing Center, I play bounce-on-the-knee, and peek-a-boo, and hug-the-teddy.' He reached over and stroked Jonas’s neatly trimmed hair. 'Fun doesn’t end when you become Twelve.' " (Chapter 2, 90%). He is good with infants and seems caring: "Father turned the newchild onto his tummy in the basket. He sat beside it and rubbed its small back with a rhythmic motion." (Chapter 3, 43%).

With his own children, the father proves to be very understanding and patient. For example, when Jonas expresses his concern in the first chapter, it says: " 'Why is that, son?' His father looked concerned" (Chapter 1, 91%).

Jonas describes his father as a level-headed and even-tempered man: "He pictured his father, who must have been a shy and quiet boy, for he was a shy and quiet man, seated with his group, waiting to be called to the stage" (Chapter 2, 40%).

The father, although described as less intelligent than the mother (Chapter 6, 91%), is not as strict as she is, but is rather emotional and compliant. For example, he allows Lily to go to sleep with her comfort object, although the mother points out that she will soon have to learn to sleep without it (Chapter 2, 90%).

The protégé Gabriel

Jonas’ father strives to give special care to the infant Gabriel, who is not developing as expected, so that he will have a chance to continue living in the community. He is concerned and wants to give Ga...

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