The Giver

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One of Jonas's friends, who is assigned to be a Caretaker of the Old. Jonas begins taking a pill when he has an erotic dream about Fiona. Jonas later discovers that Fiona's hair is red. Fiona enjoys having Jonas as a friend but does not know how to love him in return.

Fiona Quotes in The Giver

The The Giver quotes below are all either spoken by Fiona or refer to Fiona. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Giver published in 2012.
Chapter 17 Quotes
He felt such love for Asher and for Fiona. But they could not feel it back, without the memories.
Related Characters: Jonas, Asher, Fiona
Page Number: 170
Explanation and Analysis:

Jonas gets into a fight with Asher and some of his friends when they begin to play a game that simulates war. Though he frequently played the game as a child, once he experienced the horrors of war and the senseless death it brings through the memories, he becomes angry about the carelessness with which his friends pretend to attack and kill one another. Fiona finds Jonas distraught, comforts him shortly, and leaves. In this quote, Jonas realizes that though he now understands that he loves his friends Asher and Fiona, they can never love him back.

Like his parents, Jonas knows that his friends' emotional shortcomings are not due to their personal faults, but the society that they have been raised and exist in. In order to preserve peace, strong emotions like fear and love have had to be erased from society. Jonas feels immeasurable sadness at the realization that he and the Giver are the only people in their Community who can truly feel love, and this understanding pushes him further into emotional isolation. Thanks to the pills, forced separation to avoid bonds between people and their biological relations, and the containment of the memories into the Giver and the Receiver, society has no collective understanding that there ever was such a thing as love or fear. The only way for people to understand what they lost with the Sameness, Jonas now knows, is to have them experience the memories for themselves. 

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Fiona Character Timeline in The Giver

The timeline below shows where the character Fiona appears in The Giver. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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The next day, Jonas joins Asher and their friend Fiona at the House of the Old, where they do their volunteer hours. When they become... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...his family about his dream: he was in a bathing room and tried to get Fiona to take off her clothes and bathe with him, but she kept refusing. After Jonas's... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...at birth according to order of birth. Jonas is number 19, Asher is 4, and Fiona is 18. (full context)
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The Chief Elder continues to give Assignments to the Elevens. When it is her turn, Fiona is assigned as Caretaker at the House of the Old, which Jonas knows she will... (full context)
Chapter 12
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At school, the other Twelves are all talking about their new Assignments. Fiona tells Jonas there is a lot she didn't know about the House of the Old,... (full context)
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As Fiona rides away, Jonas notices that her hair changes the same way that the apple changed.... (full context)
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The Giver explains that Fiona's hair is unlike other people's hair—just as Jonas's eyes are different from other people's eyes—because... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Fiona arrives and tries to comfort Jonas, but eventually leaves on her bicycle. Jonas sadly realizes... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...procedure for babies as it is for the Old and for criminals. Jonas wonders what Fiona will say when she finds out that her job involves killing people. The Giver says... (full context)