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The Maze Runner

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Transcript of The Maze Runner

By: James Dashner
The Maze Runner
About The Author
Thomas was a teenager of maybe 15 (No one knew because their memory's were all wiped.) All Thomas wanted was to find out who put him in the Maze, why he was put their, and who he is. But, Thomas and the Gladers were delayed when W.I.C.K.E.D. started "the end" and disaster started. So, Thomas and the Gladers set off inside of The Maze to try to escape through the "griever hole." Then when they entered the maze, they were attacked by the Grievers. The Gladers defeated all of the Grievers (Losing only 11 of the 21 people who went) and escaped through the griever hole. The Gladers got rescued from some kind of military that attacked W.I.C.K.E.D. and were put inside of a safe house.

(the Glade is where the Gladers live. The Gladers are just the people.)
Book Summary
Exposition
Protagonist: Thomas.
Antagonist: W.I.C.K.E.D.

The main conflict in this story is between Thomas and the organization, W.I.C.K.E.D.

The conflict type in
The Maze Runner
is internal because Thomas was trying to unlock his thoughts and he was trying to remember what happened before he was sent to the Maze. Pretty much all of the Gladers at The Maze were all trying to figure out the same thing.

The point of view in The Maze Runner was 1st person. The story was first person because Thomas says I, me, and my through out the chapters.
The theme that I think would be perfect for this novel is that friends are important when times are tough. This would be the correct theme because the author says, "He began to think how easy it would be without... He refused to finish the thought. He couldn't leave Alby behind." (Page 122, Dashner.) This explains the theme because Thomas was going to climb the walls but Alby was unconscious and they were friends so he didn't want to lose his friend. Eventually towards the end of the story Alby helps save Thomas' life. Another reason why this is a good theme is when the author says, "Then, inexplicably, Chuck was there, diving in front of him." This supports the theme because Gally (This evil dude) threw a knife at Thomas but Chuck sacrificed him self to save him. All because of that, Thomas made out of The Maze alive.
Notice and Note
James was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family (He has four kids!). James studied accounting and worked in the field of finance, but has been writing full time for several years.
In his free time, James loves to read, watch movies and TV shows, snow ski, and read. Most of all, he's thankful that he gets to make a living writing stories and considers himself pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet.

Sources: jamesdashner.com

Story Elements
Theme Analysis
Unique Vocabulary
More Unique Vocabulary
1st Word: vague. "Newt pushed
open the door, the slight creak once again reminding Thomas of some
vague
childhood memory of haunted-house movies. (Page 170, Dashner) Defintion :of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning. Part of Speech: Adjective.


2nd Word: flailed. "Thomas moved forward, but Alby's legs kicked and
flailed
out, making it impossible to get any closer."(Page 172, Dashner) Definition: wave or swing or cause to wave or swing wildly.
Part of Speech: Verb.
3rd Word: sinister. "Minho looked disgusted, the pale light and fog of smoke making his face seem almost
sinister
."(Page 267, Dashner.) Definition: giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen. Part of Speech: Adjective.

4th Word: creased. "Minho's forehead
creased
in anger." (Page 266, Dashner.) Definition: (of a bullet) graze (someone or something), causing little damage. Part of Speech: Verb

Clint Dempsey Creased in Pain at World Cup.
Justin Beiber acting sinister as he was fighting with the photographers.
A vague dream of kids.
Flailing his leg at the boy.
Story Elements (Continued)
Rising Action


Rising Action 1
: Thomas finds him self inside of the Glade and he realizes that he has been brain washed.

Rising Action 2
: Thomas recieves a tour of the Glade and wants to become a runner.

CLIMAX

Teresa shows up inside of box with note saying, "
She's the last one. Ever. "

Falling Action
(Continued on next slide.)


Character Analysis
Story Elements (Continued)
Falling Action 1: Thomas becomes a runner for saving Alby and Minho's life.

Falling Action 2: Grievers come inside of glade taking 1 kid a night and the sun dissapears (you don't see that everyday!)

RESOLUTION


Thomas and the Gladers escape from the maze by fighting the grievers and escaping through the "griever hole" that Thomas and Minho found in the cliff. (The griever hole was just this invisible hole that the grievers jumped through.)


The signpost I think that belongs to The Maze Runner is Aha Moment. One reason why it is Aha Moment is because the author says, "Then it vanished, as if it had fallen through a plane of water or mist. One second there, falling. Next second gone. Thomas couldn't speak." (Page 226, Dashner.) This sentence explains why it is Aha moment because Thomas was completely surprised on how he threw his rock and it disappeared. Another example on why The Maze Runner is Aha Moment is when the author says, "Teresa let out a small gasp. Lines crossed each other, up and down, so much so that what Thomas held in his hands looked like a checkered grid. But certain lines in the middle that happened to appear more often than any other-made a slightly darker image than the rest. It was subtle, but it was, without a doubt, there. Sitting in the exact center of the page was the letter F. (Pages 276-277, Dashner.) This explains Aha Moment because Thomas just figures out the first letter of the code that they will eventually use to get out of the maze. The author included this signpost to foreshadow what will happen next. It is foreshadow because the author says, "Sitting in the exact center of the page was the letter F" (Page 277, Dashner.) This sentence is foreshadowing what will happen when the author says this, "Not much at all. Fight the Grievers, punch in the code, escape through the door." (Page 324, Dashner.) These two sentences explain foreshadowing because they learned the code and they had to punch in the code in a computer to escape the maze. My inference that might be true will be that Thomas punches in the code and escapes the maze.
The main character has many different characteristics. One characteristic of Thomas is that he is brave. One reason why he is brave is because the author says, "Thomas pushed Chuck behind him and faced the creature, holding out his spear as if that would ward it off." (Page 343, Dashner.) This sentence explains why Thomas is brave because he was protecting Chuck and was trying to be brave by defending off the grievers. The main character has many unique characteristics.
The main character, Thomas, has many helpful characteristics. One

One helpful characteristic Thomas has is that he is determined. You can find a sentence where Thomas is determined when the author says, "Again, Thomas felt the pang of sadness in his heart, felt the urge to get Chuck home safely stronger than he'd ever felt before."(Page 337, Dashner.) Another sentence where Thomas is determined is when the author says, "We just need to keep working." (Page 278, Dashner.) This explains Thomas being determined because Thomas was working as hard as he can to find the code to escape the maze. Thomas has many different characteristics that make him helpful.
Character Analysis (Continued)
Thomas has many different unique characteristics. One unique characteristic of his is that he is very smart. You can see Thomas being smart when the author says, "I think I know what you're doing. Brilliant, actually." (Page 275, Dashner.) This shows Thomas being smart because Thomas had a plan to find the code to escape the Maze and Teresa figured it out and thought he was very smart. Another sentence that explains Thomas being smart is when the author states, "There's a computer station in a place we've never looked before. The code will open a door for us to get out of The Maze." (Page 309, Dashner.) This shows Thomas being smart because he figured out the whole plan to escape by him self. Eventually they make it out because of the plan. The main character Thomas has a lot of different characteristics
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