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Fictional works are a powerful way of exploring real issues
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* explanation of how the example chosen highlights the issue
* analysis of language features in this example and the effect (the use of a simile in the quote makes us understand and feel the characters sadness etc.)
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The first theme in (book name) that demonstrates (link to question) is (theme / idea). (Sentence that extends on the importance of this theme idea to the book and the question. You could start it with 'this theme is important because). The first example of this theme is in the (technique e.g. simile/ imagery etc) used in (quote/specific textual example) the effect of this is. .. (finish sentence telling us why this quote links to theme or what it shows the audience). Another example of (theme) shown in (text name) is the (technique) (quote/specific example) which tells/shows us... (You can add a 3rd example here if you have one). Therefore, (text name or composers name) clearly demonstrates (theme) which allows the reader to. .. (Link to question/thesis)

Thesis Statement: Real issues are found in fictional works as a way of further engaging the targeted audience and allowing them to better connect to the text.
Introduction:
Real issues are found in fictional works as a way of further engaging the targeted audience and allowing them to better connect with the text. Patrick Ness explores real issues in the Knife of Never Letting Go via the experiences of Todd Hewitt and his travelling companions as they battle real life issues incorporated into the text to further engage an audience. These issues include coming of age, racism, sexism, death and loss. All of which are represented using a number of techniques sought to encourage readers to see the world in different ways.
Idea-Paragraph 1: Todd coming of age (Good)
Coming of age is one of the themes explored in the novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and is demonstrated by Todd going from an innocent boy to a young man. Todd starts out as a boy, not yet reached man-hood who is easily pushed around and told what to do with little to no arguing back as he didn’t want to put up any big fights, especially in Prentisstown. Coming of age can be a hard thing for some people, especially in Prentisstown which is why it is such an important theme for this book and its targeted age group as now days, going into adult hood can be a tough time, especially for boys who have such high stereotypes to live up to. One of the first signs that Todd’s maturity is starting to take form is when he meets up with Ben for the first time and tells him “You can leave later but we’re going now and you’re coming with us. Right?” When Todd stated this to Ben, it was more of a rhetorical “Right?” than a ‘you are coming with us, aren’t you?’ which Todd would usually take on. The quote had a set tone from the get-go due to the situation it was stated in, but readers could be taken aback by the sudden assurance and determination of Todd, especially giving orders to someone he idolises so much that he usually would ask for guidance from. Todd coming of age represents and explores real issues by being relatable to young people trying to find their place in the world and testing the boundaries of their guardians, especially to boys becoming men as stereotypes have put a great deal of pressure on boys to grow up quickly and take on adult situations. For Todd, becoming a man was forced upon him, but in some real life cases, this can be the situation which is why real issues have been put into The Knife of Never Letting Go as they help audiences to better connect with the text.
Ideas-Paragraph 2: Racism
The second theme in The Knife of Never Letting Go that demonstrates real issues in fictional works is racism. Racism is demonstrated by how the settlers coming…