The ending of The Giver may be interpreted in two very different ways.

(1.) Perhaps Jonas is remembering his Christmas memory -- one of the most beautiful that The Giver transmitted to him -- as he and Gabriel are freezing to death, falling into a dreamlike coma in the snow.

OR. . .

(2.) Perhaps Jonas does hear music and, with his special vision, is able to perceive the warm house where people are waiting to greet him.

In her Newbery acceptance speech, Lois Lowry mentioned both possibilities but would not choose one as correct. Which interpretation do you agree with and why? What evidence supports your preferred interpretation?

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