The weak newchild
Gabriel is an important character in the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, especially because of Jonas’ relationship with him. Gabriel is a baby in the Nurturing Center where Jonas' father works. The father describes him as a child "with a lovely disposition" (Chapter 1, 64%).
However, Gabriel is not developing physically as fast as he should. In addition, he does not sleep through the nights, which is a condition of placement with a family. There is a risk that Gabriel could be released (Chapter 1, 73%).
Jonas' father is worried about the baby. He wants to ask the Committee of Elders for permission for the boy to come to Jonas' family at night for a while to practice sleeping and to develop better. All the family members agree . When he brings...