Aaron wants Todd to kill him so that all the boys of Prentisstown become men. Aaron also believes that "if one of us falls, we all fall". This could be interpreted as: if Todd does not kill Aaron to become a man, Prentisstown and its ideology will have been unable to manipulate Todd (the last boy) and thus exist uncompleted (probably).
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When Todd swears in the beginning of the novel, Aaron hits him. When Todd tells Ben, he says that Aaron is crazy. When Viola first landed, Aaron found her and thought she was from God. Aaron was the man who Todd was to kill in the beginning when he became a man. Ben was originally what they were going to use to persuade him into murdering Aaron, but Aaron continuously tries to track down Viola so they can use her as the sacrifice instead. When Todd first runs away from Prentisstown, Aaron chases him but his face gets mauled by a crocodile and is left behind.
Aaron fights Todd again soon after Todd meets Viola. Todd is victorious, but he does not kill Aaron, who is near a state of death anyway. Aaron survives and leads Mayor David Prentiss, with some of his men, to Todd and Viola.
After he kidnaps Viola from the Spackle's camp, Todd plans to rescue her and devises a plan. Unfortunately, Aaron captures Manchee and tries to exchange the dog for Viola but Todd refuses. Aaron kills Manchee as Todd and Viola watch.
As Viola reads Mrs. Hewitt's diary to Todd, it details how Aaron used to be a preacher, but when the first settler ships landed and things fell into chaos, Aaron went insane and believed the end of times was near.
On their way to Haven, Todd and Viola hide in a church under a waterfall where Aaron finds them and reveals the plan about him being the "sacrifice" and how he wants to be a saint. He tries to get Todd to kill him by fueling his Noise but he won't give in so eventually, Viola is the one who kills him.
It is revealed through Mrs. Hewitt's diary that Aaron was one of the people who first blamed the Spackle for the Noise.