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Maze Runner By: James Dashner
Transcript of Maze Runner By: James Dashner
The target audience for
The Maze Runner
includes a vast amount of people. One audience includes young adults, especially male, due to the main character and his relatable thoughts and feelings throughout the novel. This book is also aimed towards dystopian fans due to the undesirable and frightening situations the characters face from beginning to end.
“All the same, Thomas now had a plan. As bad as it was, he had a plan.
They needed more clues about the code. They needed MEMORIES.
So he was going to get stung by a Griever. Go through the Changing. On purpose.” Page 291
“They stood in a vast courtyard several times the size of a football field, surrounded by the four enormous walls made of gray stone and covered in spots of thick ivy. The walls had to be hundreds of feet high and formed a perfect square around them…”
This picture represents the beginning of Thomas’s new life. Entering the Glade is intended to have the same equivalence of being reborn. All the boys start their lives over when they are brought up in the box into the Glade because their memories have been completely wiped. When Thomas joins the group he has the potential to rise to the top to become a leader and use his intelligence from the past to find an escape from the Maze.
The Maze Runner
By: James Dashner
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction
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This quote sets Thomas apart as one of the bravest characters in the novel. He is willing to risk his own life to try and help the others escape the maze. He decides to put the other Gladers’ well-being as his first priority.
“I just...feel like I need to save everyone. To redeem myself.” Page 361
Thomas is constantly weighted down with guilt because he knows that he is part of the reason all of the boys are stuck in the maze. He believes that the only way to redeem himself of his past choices is to risk his own life to save the others.
“I promised him!" he screamed, realizing even as he did so that his voice was laced with something wrong. Almost insanity. "I promised I'd save him, take him home! I promised him!” Page 358
This quote demonstrates Thomas’s dedication towards keeping his promise of getting Chuck home safe. Chuck had been his friend since his first day in the Glade, and he developed a close relationship with him. Thomas displays how much he truly cares for Chuck during this emotional scene towards the end of the novel.
Imagery is one of the major literary techniques used throughout
The Maze Runner
. A vivid image is created when describing the Glade, the Maze, and the Grievers. The clever use of this literary element helps the reader imagine every detail of the scenery.
As Thomas sees the Glade for the first time, he notices many different features of his new surroundings. Even though he has no memory of his past, he can sense that the Glade is not a normal place.
“Jittery and nervous, Thomas picked up one page from each pile, making sure they were all from the same day, keeping them in order. He then laid them one on top of the other so that each drawing of the Maze matched the same day above it and below it, until he was looking at eight different sectiosn of the Maze at once. What he saw amazed him. Almost magically, like a picture coming into focus, an image developed.”
After Thomas realized that the boys had been examining the maps wrong, he discovered a new clue to escaping the Maze. As the maps were laid on top of each other, letters began to develop which transformed into code words. When used correctly, the Gladers can finally escape the terror filled maze.