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The Maze Runner Flow Chart
Transcript of The Maze Runner Flow Chart
The Maze Runner Flow Chart
By Danielle Watrich
Crossing The Threshold
The hero accepts his task or quest and begins on his journey. A big rule of the Glade is that no one must enter the maze unless they are a runner. However when Thomas see's two of his friends about to be shut out of the Glade for the night he enters the maze to help them. He spends the night out in the unbearable and is the first Glader ever to survive a night in the maze, with the grievers. After surviving this, reality hits him that he really is stuck in such an awful place and he accepts that with a new found anger for the creators. This drives him to do everything he can to get revenge, he now accepts his big task.
The hero of the story is born or starts their new life under special circumstances. Thomas wakes up in a big metal elevator and feels it start to lurch forward. He has no memory of who he is or why he is in this box, all he seems to remember is his last name. As the elevator opens up to reveal 50-60 teenage boys standing around the edge of the box he has no idea what to do and is overcome with many emotions at once.
Call To Adventure
"'Nice to meet you, Thomas,' Chuck said. 'Don't you worry, I'll take care of you. I've been here a whole month, and I know the place inside and out. You can count on chuck okay?" (Dashner 16). This quote shows how willing Chuck is to help out a new boy he has just befriended. He is intent on taking care of him and showing Thomas the ropes.
"He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale dusty air" (Dashner 1). This quote is relevant because it states the start of his new life and how it is already miserable and depressing. This foreshadows how the rest of his journey will play out.
This is a good way to get the reader hooked because they want to know and learn more about Thomas. I really understand how Thomas feels as he gets out of the box. Waking up in an unknown place and having no memory of who you are would really scare me as well. The use of the quotes chosen and the symbol really give the effect of how Thomas feels. It gets people thinking and understanding how bottled up/confused his emotions are.
Another character or the same helper as before re-enters the hero's life and aids him through his quest. Minho is another helper throughout this book. He trains Thomas in being a runner and supplies him with everything needed. Thomas feels as if this is his purpose of being sent to the maze but it is in fact a very small part of it. Minho helps in this small stepping stone by getting Thomas elected to be a runner. He then continues to help Thomas and sticks up for him through the rest of the book.
Tests and Trials
Challenges faced by the hero which he must overcome in order to proceed in the quest. Tests and trials a large part of the book I have chosen. Thomas proves himself and how he is an essential asset in escaping the maze. One test is when Thomas becomes a runner, Thomas learns that it is harder than he had expected and pushes himself to exhaustion. This is important because he learns a lot about the place they are in just from being out there. Another trial would be when the doors to the maze do not close, this causes problems because the Gladers are no longer protected from the Grievers. These monsters start killing boys, one per night which makes the race to get out even more stressful as they try to save their lives and many others. One last final test is cracking the code to the maze, the rest of the boys have been working on this for over two years and now the pressure is really on. Even Thomas himself knows that this a test made up by the creators and that it will not be easy.
The hero prepares for a return to the everyday world. The flight happens after they have punched in the code and the whole maze has shut down. They gather everyone that is left over from the fight and travel deeper into the griever hole. They then reach a drop in the floor which seems like a slide covered in thick oil and this is how they get back to the real world.
The hero returns home to the ordinary world. He may be aided in his return home. After sliding down the oil covered floor they emerge into a giant white room filled with people sitting behind a glass wall. These are the creators and at first the Gladers are infuriated with them but stand in shock once a group of adults run in with weapons to save them. The adults lead the way out and get all the kids safely onto a bus transporting them to a safe house, where they are finally safe from the creators and their experiments.
The final act or deed is accomplished which leads to the fulfillment of the quest. The climax/final battle is when Thomas and his friends finally overcome the last trial. They figure that the only way out is through the torturous Griever hole, and they will have to fight the 6 feet long Grievers off. This becomes a huge blood bath as Thomas, Teresa and Chuck go to punch in the code, the rest of the kids stay to fight. After this big fight is over many die and what was once 60 boys turns into 20.
"Thomas knew he had no choice. He moved. Forward. He squeezed past the connecting rods at the last second and stepped into the maze." (Dashner 112). This shows how Thomas overcomes his fear and steps into the maze to save his friends. "It seemed as if all the realities of living there had finally settled into his mind, like hearing a final diagnosis of terminal cancer." (Dashner 146). And this quote shows how he now fully understands where he is and it gives him a terrible feeling which allows him to accept his big challenge in the hopes of escaping.
I chose a metal box as the symbol for this stage because it can trap objects inside of it. This relates to how Thomas feels, trapped and no way out with all his emotions bottled up just waiting to explode.
This part of the book really catches the reader by surprise because no one ever cares to think of why there are no other girls in the Glade. When Teresa shows up the reader automatically starts thinking of reasons why there are no other girls. Everything starts to fall into place after this point in the book. The cage and the quotes give a dramatic effect to enhance what Thomas is feeling. This can be connected too when something unexpected happens in someones life and they have no idea what to do next. The natural first move would be to run away from it.
This cage resembles how Thomas is trapped in the Glade and cannot refuse his call to adventure. Even though he tries, he must always come back before the doors close at night. The only way out is to accept his task.
This relates to how Chuck helps Thomas get on his feet again and gets him back into a less emotionally unstable, state of mind. It also shows how a friend cares for another friend like Chuck does with Thomas.
The settling sand represents how the idea of the Glade and the Maze settle into Thomas's mind and now that his mind is clear just like the blue sky, he understands what needs to be done.
This will be shown every time I explain one of the monomyth stages.
This will be shown every time i talk about my thoughts/annotations on each stage as well as talking about media used.
This will be shown every time I have a photographic symbol.
Minho is like a guardian for Thomas, he watches over him and guides him when needed. This reminds me of a parent because they also guide you in the right direction and care for you. The media is really effective because it shows more of Thoma's and Minho's relationship and how they rely on each other and work off one another.
This picture is of a mother bird teaching her baby bird how to fly. This represents how Minho is teaching Thomas what it takes to be a runner and how he is showing him the ropes because he believes in him.
Thomas is put through many vigorous tests and trials which he must overcome, this is a big part of the book. My first connection to this stage would have to be school. This is because in school teachers will throw difficult challenges at students and see how they react and overcome them. The media is well chosen because they show that no matter what the difficulty is there are always different ways to solve/get around them.
This will be shown every time i talk about a quote from the book.
The hero is asked or forced to take on a task or go on a quest. Thomas arrives at the Glade and slowly starts to learn more about it, this starts his adventure and there is no way he can refuse seeing as he is stuck in the maze with everyone else. There are different calls to adventure in this book. One being when Thomas wants to become a runner and scale the maze to escape. The strongest call to adventure though is when Teresa (the only girl ever to set foot in the Glade) shows up a day after Thomas does. This has never happened before and it sends all the Gladers into chaos. This starts a chain of events leading up to the climax/final battle, such as Thomas and Teresa being telepathic with each other. At first he tries to refuse this call because he gets scared but soon learns to accept it.
Another character in the story who guides the hero and serves as a teacher or mentor. Chuck is the hero's first helper in this book, he shows Thomas around and sort of explains the glade to him. He becomes one of Thomas's only friends and is there for him when needed. He helps Thomas through his difficult time of accepting he is stuck in this monstrous place and connects emotionally with him. Chuck is the person who encourages Thomas to own up to his final task and find a way out of the maze. He does this by explaining how he wants to figure out who his parents are and Thomas promises to get him out of the maze so he can find his parents.
Chuck is like a little brother, he can be annoying and weird but he will always be there for you. I can connect with Thomas because i have 3 brothers of my own and the love he has for Chuck is a brotherly kind of love. Chuck helps Thomas a lot in his journey, the quotes and symbols all show how Chuck reaches out to Thomas earning his trust. They represent this important friendship throughout the book.
"Minho joined Thomas as he ate, prepping him a little before his first big day of Runner training, giving him a few stats and interesting facts" (Dashner 199). This shows how Minho starts to train Thomas and gives him a heads up before one of his first big trials. "Here's a backpack, water bottles, lunch pack, some shorts and T-shirts, other stuff" (Dashner 202). This is also related because it shows him giving Thomas all the essentials that he needs to survive out in the maze. All this helps Thomas reach his goal faster and it shows that Minho is there to stay and help through the whole thing.
"Then let's go runnin'" (Dashner 209). This quote shows the start of his first trial which is Thomas becoming a runner. "Good shape or not, Thomas was feeling the pain" (Dashner 213). And this quote shows how he starts to doubt himself and his abilities of being a runner. "The rest of the day was a blur of exhaustion to Thomas" (Dashner 216). Finally this says how even though he was extremely tired he had made it through his first task no matter how hard he wanted to quit. "The walls, you shuck. The doors. They didn't close tonight" (Dashner 239). This tells us about his second test and how the doors would not close, leaving them to fend off the Grievers by themselves. "Now it's time for the last test. To escape" (Dashner 301). And lastly this shows Thomas's last trial about how he must crack the code of the Maze to return to the real world.
Thomas must overcome many obstacles while going through his tests and trials. In this picture the wall would be his tests/trials and the arrows are Thomas. This represents how he must think outside of the box to accomplish what he was sent to do.
"After two years of being treated like mice, tonight we're making a stand. Tonight we're taking the fight back to the creators, no matter what we have to go through to get there. Tonight the Grievers better be scared" (Dashner 328). This quote shows how fed up the Gladers are and how ready they are to fight against the Grievers. This is like a pep talk and really gets the boys pumped up before their big fight.
This is a very intense part of the book because in the rest of it, up until that point the Gladers have been scared of the Grievers. They are at a race against time which forces them to take action and stand up to the awful monsters. This can be connected to someone being bullied. They take months of torment before they finally build up enough courage to take on their abuser. The media used helps to identify the feeling of standing up even if it means people have to stand up to something they fear the most.
The flight really sets the reader on edge because they have no idea where the Gladers will come out too when the slide ends. This is like waiting for the results of a contest, I know that feeling when I am at my dance competitions. It gets nerve-racking and you cannot sit still until the results are revealed. The media really shows the mystery side of this part of the book. This is because the quotes do not reveal what is beyond the slide and you cannot see past the bridge in the symbol.
"Looks like it ends in a slide up there, shooting downward" (Dashner 349). This quote shows how they figure out the flight home even though they are unsure it is the only choice they have. "His body shot down a steep decline, slick with oily goo that smelled awful - like burnt plastic and overused machinery" (Dashner 349-350). This quote reveals that even on the flight it is a horrible way to leave, showing that the whole adventure was just as awful and there is more to come.
This symbol is relevant to the flight of this story because the light represents the better life they are trying to get too but currently they are stuck in the darkness which is them still being stuck in the maze. The flight will take them back to the ordinary world which is the light.
The person in the middle symbolizes all the Gladers and all the surrounding people represent everyone against them such as the creators and the Grievers. They stand up and fight those people to save themselves.
This part of the book is a bit confusing, everything just happens so quickly and all at once. This is why the media is relevant because it shows how disorientated the kids are and the symbol represents that as well. I can connect to this, it is like having a bad dream. Waking up after it is so sudden that it is hard to remember anything, giving people the feeling of confusion.
"Several men and women dressed in grimy jeans and soaking-wet coats burst through the entrance with guns raised" (Dashner 360). This quote shows their aided help to return home and escape the creators. "There was only one answer to hold onto. 'Yeah, I think we're safe'" (Dashner 370). And this quote shows us how they feel somewhat safe with these new people, finally moving on from the maze.
This picture symbolizes their return home because as soon as they emerge from the slide they are confused and disorientated about their surroundings. This is like waking up in an unknown place and not knowing what is going on.
"Teresa and I have a ... gift that made us very valuable as they designed and built this place" (Dashner 308). Thomas recognizes that what he is able to do is a gift. "We're telepathic! We can talk to each other in our freaking heads!" (Dashner 308). This shows one of the first times he admits that he is telepathic, even though we see them using their gift through out the book.
This gift that Thomas and Teresa both have really shows their emotional connection they have with each other. It is nice to know that even through all the sadness and frustration that a good strong relationship is created. This reminds me of when you find a friendship so strong that it can pull through anything, I am lucky enough to have such a friendship as that. The media is used to create the sense of Thomas finding his other half in all that mess, it shows how friendships can form over such strange things.
The two puzzle pieces represent how Thomas and Teresa are connected by this gift even if they cannot remember their past life.
A special gift is given to the hero, this may help him in both worlds. This special gift is given to both Thomas and Teresa and it is the ability to talk to each other in their minds, so telepathically. This gift helps them throughout the end of the book and into the real world. It is great if they need to talk about something important/secret and do not want anyone else overhearing them.
Thanks For Watching!
Summary from the back of the book. (So you do not get confused)
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the glade, a large expanse enclose by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they've closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark. The Gladers were expecting Thomas's arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up - the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home...wherever that may be. But it's looking more and more as if the Maze is unsolvable. And something about the girls arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers - if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.
A drawn picture of the Glade so you can understand the layout.
Dashner, James. "The Maze Runner".
New York. Delacorte Press, 2009. Print.
Thomas goes through a very emotional night out in the maze and this gives him a change in mindset, which is important for accepting his task. This is like going through a life changing event, it is like people have a whole new look at life. I have never been through something so traumatic such as that but i can understand how Thomas would be feeling. The media used really shows how everything about Thomas's new life clears up and gets put into a perspective everyone can understand.
November 5th 2013
Book written by James Dashner