The Knife Of Never Letting Go Analysis

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The thought of being able to hear everyone 's’ thoughts, all the time is truly terrifying. This is the case for all the men in the novel The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, this ability to hear everyone’s thoughts is known as “the Noise”. The setting of Prentisstown on New World is a town filled with nothing but lies to the protagonist, Todd Hewitt. The characters in the novel are constantly trying to manipulate others to get them to do as they want, especially Aaron, an old fashioned run down preacher at Prentisstown’s church and the mayor of Prentisstown. The minor themes in “The Knife of Never Letting Go” come together to help present the main theme of the novel. The theme of manipulation and deceit is demonstrated in “The Knife of Never Letting Go” through the setting, characters and the minor themes. Manipulation and deceit is revealed through the setting of Prentisstown. Todd is constantly told lies about the history of Prentisstown and its people. After Todd is told to run away and is given a map of New World and the other settlements he didn’t even know existed he keeps thinking to himself “I got lied to about everything… There wasn’t sposed to be another settlement. Prentisstown was sposed to be it for the whole stupid planet”(106). Todd is trying to reason with the new knowledge of the other settlements and he is trying to figure out what to do even though everything he has to go on is a lie. The people in Prentisstown manipulate their Noise so Todd
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