am 18. Januar 2000
I have been teaching this novel to my 9th grade students for 4 years now. My students always interpret the ending the same way year after year. They believe that Jonas reached Elsewhere and lived the life he longed for. I do not agree. Jonas dies at the end. His life is sacrificed along with Gabriel's. God sent Jonas and Gabriel to this world to end the misery of "sameness." As Jonas moved further and further away from the community, the memories were released into the community for everyone to know. Jonas did reach elsewhere. However, "elsewhere" is heaven. This is the beautiful place that no person in his community ever had a clue existed.