BC: The End.
FC: Noise By Ronald Fung Based on the book The Knife of Never Letting Go" By Patrick Ness.
1: "The Knife of Never Letting Go" By Patrick Ness Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, constant stream of pictures, images and words -- of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? How do you know who to trust? How do you keep yourself sane?
2: Noise How do you interpret Noise? Is it a mass jumble of thoughts? A puzzle of pictures? A mash of ideas? A way to scare you? Or even a way to influence you?
6: Time to diet. | WHY AM I SO FAT? | WHY AM I NOT LIKE HER? WHY AM I NOT AS BEAUTIFUL? IS IT MY WEIGHT?
8: Cigarette? No. I don't smoke. | Darling, don't be ashamed of your weight. Full bodied women are gorgeous.
10: Explanation of panels Panel 3 : A picture of a girl running through a meadow, symbolizing purity, naiveness, and innocence. Panel 4 : A picture of a girl surrounded by advertisements, celebrities, and various types of media depicting what the average girl should do to be "accepted" in the world. Panel 5 : A picture of a young girl, surrounded by pictures of a celebrity smoking. This picture is meant to symbolize how a girl like her is exposed to a world with influences like the ones around her. Panel 6: This panel shows what happens to the little girl in the meadow when she is sucked into the world of anorexia, bulimia and dieting. She is constantly thinking why she isn't as pretty as all the top models, and that it must be her weight, even though she is 90 pounds, that is her Achilles heel. Panel 7: This panel shows the girl from Panel 5, who has transformed into another mindless robotic cyborg who walks around smoking and who has five boyfriends at a time. The celebrity's face and the girl's face is molded together so that we still recognize that the girl is still there ; its just that she is underneath a mask of make-up and falseness.
11: Panel 8 : Now we see a strong, independent business woman in a suit. This panel is showing the girl in meadow keeping true to her own innocence. She is a true role model to every girl out there who feels ashamed of their difference, be it weight, appearance or personality. The handshake represents a strong connection between co-workers and her ; she is independent, but knows when to depend on others for help. The sign that shows her love for her husband shows her vulnerability to the world, and that her husband is her way of keeping herself safe and happy in this insane world. Panel 9 : This panel shows the girl from Panel 5, now up front and the primary image in the panel. This panel represents that the girl has kept her individuality and has pushed off the bad influences around her. She is thinking for herself in this world, and is not relying on bad influences to lead her life. The celebrities who once surrounded her are now a border and in black and white to represent that they have been cast off and forgotten in her mind.
12: "I am Todd Hewitt. I am twelve years and twelve months old. I live in Prentisstown on New World. I will be a man in one month's time exactly." This quotation is what elicited my response from the book. In the book, Todd explains how this saying is how he keeps himself sane in a world of constant information, where you are constantly bombarded with facts, gossip and rumours. As I read this part, I thought, "If I was stuck in Todd's position, I would have gone insane. With all these foreign thoughts, these strange images rampaging through my mind, I wouldn't be able to hear myself think! Soon, my own thoughts would become muddled and influenced by my neighbor's thoughts, the mayor's thoughts or even my doctor's thoughts. I wouldn't be myself anymore ; I would be a doppelganger of everyone else in town."
13: . My thoughts led me to think about how our modern day society is suffering through the same scenario. Every day, regardless if we want it or not, we are constantly getting attacked by information, by biases, by images, by ads, by opinions via television, via magazines, even via normal conversation! Noise is essentially the same thing - the author may be trying to symbolize here that the constant stream of information that we are receiving is making us lose ourselves in the midst of society, and that information is morphing us into mindless robots. Feed, by M.T. Anderson, is a book set in futuristic Earth, where Americans now have the option to install brain chips into their heads. These brain chips function as antennae, and essentially implant a T.V., computer and radio into your head all at once. Because of these brain chips, Americans have grown lazy, selfish and complacent. However, because of the activities of the Americans, the rest of the world is falling apart. However, no one seems to care ... When I read this book, I connected the concept of the brain chips to the concept of Noise. The brain chips fed a constant stream of information, as did Noise. Both of them causes everyone to alter their own thoughts to morph into similar human beings, thinking all the same thing. We are all so resistant to change because we are all so alike ; we are oblivious to everything around us and everything that is different and abnormal is "stupid" and "gay".
14: Our individuality is disappearing, and everyone is expected to be the same to "fit in". Difference is shunned upon, and is isolated. We need to learn to embrace the fact that everyone is different, and that we are all beautiful on the inside.