Todd Hewitt : Characterization

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In the book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Todd Hewitt is constantly running away from death and chasing after the truth. Todd’s characterization slowly changes throughout the story. The main character is from Prentiss town, a place where everyone could read each other’s minds. A place where people become crazy when the noise gets too much.


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 Todd may seem like the hero of the story but he surely does not want to be. On page 47 Todd exclaims “No, its not all right. It’s not all right at all.” Todd refuses to leave when Ben and Cillian rush him out of the town purely for his own good. There’s a fighter in Todd but there’s also a softer, kinder side. Almost everybody who meets him knows he isn’t a killer. Even in the fight for his life, Todd didn’t have the guts to kill Aaron- the pastor that wants to kill him. Todd is surely “The boy who can’t kill” (p. 451). In the beginning of the story, when Hewitt finds the hole (Viola) he helped her survive. Viola later becomes a great help and they face the Prentiss town together as one. Todd was brought up with a kind family, Ben and Cillian. After his mother was killed Ben took him in and raised him. Todd has a strong bond with these two people and depends on them mentally throughout the whole story. Lastly, “…if yer the last boy in town, you just have to wait…” (p. 10). Todd is the last boy to become a man (turning 13 years old) and he has prominent cheekbones.


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