The first thing Jonas does to attempt to give the people truth is giving the memories to the people close to him. He tries to give his father and Lily the memories, “He placed one hand on each of their shoulders. With all his being he tried to give each of them a piece of the memory…” (13. 127). You can see his inner longing to share the truth with his family. Later on Jonas talks to Gabe about how special the things he is experiencing are, “Jonas said, ‘Things could change, Gabe,’ and continues, ‘...everybody would have the memories.’” (16.161). Jonas enjoys being able to talk to and share the memories with Gabe, and this shows that he longs to share the truth.
Second, Jonas wants to share the colors he is experiencing with the people. Jonas is experiencing something so wonderful, but the people he loves don’t get to have it as well. This frustrates Jonas, because he wants so badly to reveal the truth that has been so wrongly taken from them. In chapter thirteen, Jonas and Asher are walking and, “Jonas said, ‘Asher, look at those flowers very carefully’ …while trying at the same time to transmit the awareness of red to his friend” (13.125). Later in the book Jonas talks to Gabe about colors, “There was no answer to Jonas’s whisper... ‘Things could be different. I don’t know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors’” (16.161). You can see how Jonas wants to make things different, and give people the colors.
The final time you see Jonas’s act of courage to give truth is when he leaves everything he knows to bring back the memories, and without enough survival memories from the Giver. Jonas knows in his heart it is the right thing to do. He understands that for life to be right, and for the killing of the innocent to stop he must go elsewhere and release the memories. When the Giver is talking to Jonas, it is revealed that he too longs to give the truth by saying, “Memories need to be shared” (20.193). They both know in their hearts it is the right thing to do. When Jonas is thinking in the end he knows he has done the right thing, “He knew they were shining through the windows of the rooms, they were red, blue, and yellow lights that twinkled from trees in places where families created and kept the memories, where they celebrated love” (23.225).
Jonas and the Giver both demonstrate how when man learns that lies fill his and or other people’s lives man has an instinct to find the truth and give it to others. As Christians, it is our responsibility to give the truth of Christ to others. We need to search God’s word and prepare our message to the people; the same as Jonas found the truth and gave it to the people.