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The Maze Runner

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Griffin Pabian

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of The Maze Runner

Comprehension Questions
Vocabulary Quiz
Literary Devices
Poetry Connection
The courage I need
I need the courage to control my instincts
The courage I need to face my fears
I need the courage to see the future
The courage I need to compare facts and opinion
I need the courage to think right
The courage I need to see if my friends trust me
I need the courage to ask questions
The courage I need to survive
I need the courage to convince myself to do something
I have to prepare myself for any thing that comes up!
Simile- "Ugly as friend liver on a stick."
Analysis: In the book Chuck uses this simile as a joke to attempt to lift Thomas's spirits.
Personification- "He ached with weariness; his muscles screamed."
Analysis: Although his muscles didn't actually scream, this quote exemplified Thomas' fatigue.
Onomatopoeia - "Wirrrrr click click click click click wirrrrrr."
Analysis: This showed the noise Grievers made as they traversed around the Maze.
1. Vast - Can tell the author is talking about the wall in a positive way, using words like "smooth"
2. Phantom - Other eerie words in the context such as "graveyard" and "fading."
3. Mammoth - "Enormous" is used in this sentence along with "Mammoth" to emphasize the monstrosity of the walls.
4. Ordeal - Can tell with similar words in context such as "process"
5. Remnant- With the word "skeletal" in context we can assume that the author is describing something incomplete from a human being.
6. Jitters- Wanted to become "steady" which is the opposite of "jitters"
7. Twinge- Commonly used with bad emotions in this case a "twinge of unease."
8. Churning- Context says how it "kept churning" it remained constant, and churning exemplifies constant movement.
9. Overlapping- When it says "Chatter broke out" it means that multiple people were talking, therefore, the conversations would "overlap" each other.
10. Discernible- Opposite of "sallow" and "gaunt".
Answers to the Vocab Quiz
Word Bank: Vast, Remnant, Jitters, Phantom, Discernable, Ordeal, Twinge, Mammoth, Churning, Overlapping
1. What was Thomas's reaction to his new home "The Glade?"
2. Who is Chuck and how does he treat Thomas?
3. When Ben attacks Thomas, what does he say to Alby? What does this foreshadow?
4. How does Thomas react to his first interaction with a Griever when in the Maze for the first time?
5. Even though he saved Alby's life, how did the Keepers react to Thomas breaking the Number One Rule?
6. After Alby goes through the Changing, he wants to see just Thomas without Newt, what does this say about Thomas's position in the Glade?
7. What did Minho and Thomas find on their Maze Run that linked with the Grievers? What does this discovery lead to?
8. What does Thomas discover about the Maps and a code?
9. What is "the code"? Why arent people relieved when they discover it?
10. What happens to Chuck at the end of the story? How does Thomas react?
The Maze Runner
by Griffin Pabian
The story begins with a character by the name of Thomas being ascended in a box (The Box) into a mysterious land called the Glade. He realizes he doesn't know his origin, any family, and prior specifics about his life. He found himself to be the newest member of the Gladers, as also finding himself in a state of panic due to his memory wipe. Throughout the story, he grows more comfortable within this new society of "Gladers", quickly and mysteriously found himself with the desire to become a Runner (a group of people who work The Maze to find their way out of the Glade). He ends up breaking the Number One rule to not leave the Glade unless you were a Runner or the Leader to save some Gladers. Fortunately, and against all odds, he saves the Gladers from the Grievers in the Maze, proving himself to be the only person to survive a night out in the Maze. Things go haywire after this, leaving mixed messages among other Gladers, and he was later accepted as a Runner. A girl, who we later know as Teresa, appears in the Glade, who Thomas could tell was a person he knew in his prior life. With their telepathic skills, they were able to solve the Maze code and battle their way to the Creators with the blood of half the Gladers against the Grievers. At the end of the story, they find themselves with a militia opposed to WICKED, another name used to define the group of the "Creators."
1. He found himself confused and asking varieties of questions, resembling his strong curiosity to his surroundings.
2. Chuck was the newest member to the Glade before Thomas, and treats him in a friendly open way, providing Thomas with now a new friend.
3. Ben says that Thomas is not "one of them". This foreshadows the later domestic troubles between the Glade and Thomas.
4. He contradicts Minho's hopelessness and tries to save the now crippled Alby despite the unlikeliness that they both would survive anyway. He describes the Griever itself as a terrible experiment gone wrong.
5. Most of the Keepers praise him, especially Frypan, although two contradict him (Winston and Gally). Although do to his impressive performace of escaping the maze, he was only put in prison (The Slammer) for one day, and appointed as a Runner the next.
6. It proves that Thomas's position in the Glade's hierarchical society has risen. He not only had the privilege of keeping secrets between him and the leader, but the secret was shared without the presence of the co-leader, Newt.
7. They find a place at the edge of the Maze, where, once they threw rocks into it, disappeared. This proved as maybe a potential escape route from the Glade.
8. He discovers that once daily maps are laid on top of each other, through wax papers, they reveal letters, each day, providing a code.
9. The code is FLOAT, CATCH, BLEED, DEATH, STIFF, PUSH. They aren't relieved because the code doesn't make any sense.
10. Chuck dies by a throwing knife from Gally, who was originally trying to kill Thomas. Chuck almost literally took a bullet for him. Thomas was in shock, and grieved for a long time. He said it planted a seed of hostility within him, which foreshadows a personality change within Thomas in the sequel The Scorch Trials.
The theme in the novel Maze Runner by James Dashner is Courage. When Minho and Alby went out to study the supposed "dead Griever" Alby got stung and Minho was trying to drag Alby and himself to the Glade before the Doors closed. When Thomas knew they weren't going to make it, "He moved. Forward. He squeezed past the connecting rods at the last second and stepped into the Maze (p.112)." This proves that Thomas had to sum up the courage he had, even though they were strangers, in a feeble effort to try to save two people. Later, when Minho decided to take off and desert wounded Alby and Thomas to take his chances, Thomas "couldn't leave a friend to die. Even someone as cranky as Alby (p.120)." Thomas decided to be the mature one, and take his chances, gather up all the courage he had to try to save someone that wasn't particularly nice to him. In addition, when Minho was explaining to Thomas how hopeless it seemed to keep continuing on with the Maze expeditions, Thomas said, "'But we can't give up' (p.209)." Not only did his optimism convince and uplift Minho to keep trying, but it proved Thomas' courage towards this whole situation. Lastly, at the end of the book, when the Gladers were trying to decipher the code, Thomas thought it was essential that he learned more about his past and connection to the Maze. Therefore, he decided "he was going to get stung by a Griever. Go through the Changing. On purpose (p.291)." This proves his courage to harm himself in order to better the group and improve their amount of information.
Theme CER
1. "The edges that bordered the ____ opening were smooth, except for one odd, repeating pattern on both sides."
2. "Thomas looked toward the voice, surprised to see Alby standing at the edge of the graveyard, a mere ____ in the fading light."
3. "Twilight had fallen, and the ____ walls looked like enormous tombstones in a weed-infested cemetery for giants."
4. "Thomas couldn't imagine how bad the whole ____ must be- but the whole process of the Changing was still a mystery to him."
5. "Thomas had almost expected the skeletal ____ of a person--someone on the verge of death."
6. "He hoped it was only ____, that his breathing would steady soon."
7. "Thomas put the papers in the trunk and closed it, hating the ____ of unease he felt."
8. "But its body kept ____, trying to squeeze its way inside."
9. "Chatter broke out, questions ____ each other."
10. "None of them wore any kind of ____ facial expression--they were all sallow and gaunt, miserable sad to look upon."
"Courage" by Daniel Vango
The courage Daniel Vango needs
He needs the courage to manage his instincts
The courage to stand against the bad
The courage to see what's ahead
He needs the courage to decipher whats real and whats biased
He needs the courage to think correctly
The courage to discover his true friends
The courage to be curious
He needs the courage that will support him through life
He needs the courage to be an inspiration
He has to prepare himself for whatever life throws at him
Attitude In the Poem "Courage" by Daniel Vango
The attitude in the poem "Courage" is one of determination. He was listing off all the parts of courage he wants to have, and why. His tone sounded very optimistic, as if nothing could stop him as long as he put his mind to it.
Connection of Theme Between "Courage" and The Maze Runner
The theme of the poem "Courage" is obviously courage being that he was explaining all the courage he wanted to have in life, whether it be to help him with friends, or to plan for his future. This is very similar to The Maze Runner because Thomas wanted to be courageous all throughout the story, talking about how he wanted to be a Runner, and prove to the Gladers that he was a strong contributor towards their society. Due to this exemplary attitude, he found himself basically in a leadership role, leading the Gladers in a fight against the Creators.
Character Analysis
: "'I just did what anyone else would've done' (p.188)."
Analysis: Thomas is a very modest person, and doesn't like taking credit for his feats. He likes doing his job, and not boasting about it, representing his good character.
: "Then the Grievers swarmed on him at once... needle pricks told him he'd succeeded (p.295)."
Analysis: When Thomas sacrificed himself to the Grievers to improve the Gladers knowledge of the Maze, it illustrated his morally well-established character.
Reaction of Others
: "'Yeah, right. Quit being modest (p. 188)."
Analysis: Chuck recognized Thomas's modesty, and honestly I think everyone else did too. This proves that people saw him as a humble guy who didn't like to draw attraction to himself, but help in any way he could. This, ironically, brought attraction to himself.
Physical Appearance
: "'I'd say your sixteen. And in case you were wondering, five foot nine... brown hair' (P.15)."
Analysis: This reveals that Thomas is old enough to have matured a respectable amount of time, and that he sounded like the average Joe. This means he blended well with the other kids, and didn't have any grotesque features that would cause him to get odd looks.

: "'Say one more thing like that and I'll break your neck, right here in front of everybody' (P.162)."
Analysis: Gally is a very violent guy, and wouldn't hesitate to hurt anybody to prove a point. It also proves that Gally always wants things to be his way, and he is very selfish.
: "With unexpected speed he reared back and threw the knife at Thomas (P.355)."
Analysis: Gally is not afraid to commit murder, proving that he is a person of brutality. He seems to have no sense of what's right and what's wrong, as long as things proceed on his accord.
Reaction of Others
: "He was having a harder and harder time believing he'd been terrified of this guy just a day earlier--he seemed silly, even pathetic now (p.153)."
Analysis: Gally's charisma and outward appearance may seem intimidating at first, but as you get used to him he's just a miniscule nagging thing. This makes Thomas question whether Gally is even a threat or not.
Physical Appearance
: "He looked like he was fifteen or so, tall and skinny. His nose was the size of a small fist and resembled a deformed potato (p.17)."
Analysis: At first glance, Gally might seem to be intimidating, possible due to his grotesque nose. After you get past that, he harmless, at least physically.
Main Conflict 1
Main Conflict 2
One main conflict of The Maze Runner is the Gladers vs. the Creators. When Thomas described them as people he said, "They were the people who'd sent them to the Glade. The people who'd taken their lives away from them. The Creators (p.351)." This proves that all the Gladers were completely against everything the Creators did to them. When they escaped, it was obvious they wanted revenge. Thomas also found himself angry against the Creators when they nonchalantly talked about their deceased friends when they said, "'Over two years, and so few dead. Amazing.' (p. 353)." This proves that the Creators, or WICKED, didn't really have much care for who died among the Gladers, they were just interested in the results of their experiments as they treated the Gladers like animals.
A second main conflict in The Maze Runner is the conflict between Thomas and himself. Right in the beginning of the novel, when Thomas found himself stripped of nearly every bit of knowledge of his life he thought, "That...that was the only thing he could remember about his life (he remembered his name was Thomas). He didn't understand how this could be possible (p.1)." All throughout the novel, this bothered him, and he tried with all he could to discover who he was and is, and how he come to be in the Glade. Lastly, when Chuck died, Thomas found himself in a point of despair. He thought, "that even in escape dreary days lay ahead. A life of sorrow (p. 359)." When Chuck died Thomas began a battle with himself whether it was worth it or not to move on. Chuck resembled Thomas's beacon of hope, of normality. Without Chuck, Thomas stumbled through the rest of the novel halfheartedly. Not only did this give him extreme sorrow that will lead to the next book The Scorch Trials, but it planted a seed of revenge within him, that he will carry along with his grief.
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