The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Contributed by Carey Speaks
Chapter 19
Summary

Matthew advances towards Todd with his machete and Todd tries to protect himself with his knife. Mathew then narrates to Todd the death of his mother, Jessica, by opening up his Noise to Todd to show him what happened to her. Matthew strikes Manchee with his machete.  Although Todd does not want to hurt Matthew, he has to use his knife to protect himself. Todd cuts some ropes holding silage rolls, which fall and bury Matthew. Todd and Viola begin to run away. As they turn to look at Farbranch, they notice that the army has invaded the town.

Analysis

Matthew’s memory of his mother could be linked to the deaths in Prentisstown and the rite of passage. There is a possibility that his mother was killed by a boy on the verge of manhood, hence Matthew's anger toward Todd. If anything, Todd's presence in the town reminds him of the grief he experienced. The chapter ultimately brings to light the importance of choices as depicted by Todd’s decisions and actions when confronted by Matthew. Although he had his knife and every right to kill Matthew for attacking him, deciding to do so would make him equal to the men in Prentisstown.

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