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The Death Cure by James Dashner
Transcript of The Death Cure by James Dashner
James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife and four kids. He attended Brigham Young University where he studied accounting, and later received his masters degree. He soon learned that he loved and had a talent for writing due to his love for reading at a very young age. As well as books, he hopes to expand into the film industry.
Comparative Response pt. 1
Characterization - Protagonist
It is very plain to see that Thomas is the protagonist in the novel. I chose the word inquisitive to label Thomas because from the start of book one in the Maze Runner series, he was very curious, and always desired knowledge about the world around him. Mainly due to the fact that in the beginning of book one, he arrived in the maze with no knowledge about himself or the outside world. Thomas was also very set on believing what is right, no matter what he has to do to succeed, and is very caring towards the other gladers, even though he doesnt always agree with them.
Characterization - Antagonist
W.I.C.K.E.D. is the organization behind the Maze and Scorch trials, seen in the previous two books. In this book is where you really get to know the secrets behind the corporation. The reasoning behind the company is finding a cure for a highly contagious disease called the "Flare". In the Maze and Scorch trials, they examined the gladers' brain patterns by setting variables and their reactions to those variables. A word I would use to describe the people behind the institution is pitiless. They have no mercy and will stop at nothing to get the necessary information needed for the cure.
The Death Cure by James Dashner
These stories both stress how the world will soon abuse technology if we dont do something about it. In the novel, the people of WICKED use technology however they must to get what they want, and in the movie, technology is abused by bending human nature and keeping Dr. Castor alive when it was his destiny to die Both of these tales emphasize how dependent mankind will become on technology. Both stories highlight the likelihood of technology being the cure or the downfall of mankind.
Comparative Response pt. 2
Though the setting varies a lot because they are traveling constantly, the main location is always under the control and under the roof of WICKED. Almost everywhere except the head quarters was in ruin; WICKED claimed to be working for the better of the human race, but always left the little remaining sane population to clean up the mess created. The remaining buildings were destroyed and uncared for. Some areas are so affected by the sun flares that they are completely barren, as read in
The Scorch Trials
. Weather is unpredictable; raging lightning storms can come out of nowhere, and extreme heat and cold can be felt all parts of the planet. The unpredictability of the landscape, along with many other factors, is what ultimately makes the novel fall into the suspense category rather than science fiction. The author was also very successful in describing the unique setting.
I definitely think that the author created a very strong plot, not only in this book, but the rest in the series and many of his other books. Each chapter was incredibly detailed,and the story itself was very unique
Both stories also share the characteristic of very strong internal conflicts as well as external. However, both stories share the quality of having more effective internal conflicts. In The Death Cure, Thomas has very contradictory feelings about WICKED, he wants to find a cure for the Flare, but also isnt sure if he should trust them because of what they have put him through. In Transcendence, Dr. Castors wife wants to keep him alive by letting him life through a computer, but she is worried about how he has become such an unstoppable force of energy that inhabits every computer on the planet.
"Okay, remember the plan," Lawrence said, finally breaking the silence. "And what was the plan?" Thomas asked. "Make it to the hangar without dying."
I believe that this dialogue is suspenseful because during this scene, they were traveling through a Crank-infested city at night. Their lives were at great risk, and the whole plan could have went wrong if they weren't very careful. Lawrence is a bounty-hunter who drove them to visit the leader of the "Right Arm". (page 562)
"I hope it works," he finally managed to get out. A few seconds later, the drugs finally took him and it all went away
This piece of dialogue is very important and suspenseful in the novel because Thomas is paralyzed from his neck down because he was injected with something that numbs his lower body. They are planning to use his brain for the cure for the Flare, but when the operation is finished, he will not recover from the "neural explorations" performed.
"Only the regions between the Tropics are a wasteland-- everywhere else has extreme swings of climate. There are a few safe cities we could go to."
“KILL ME!" And then Newt's eyes cleared, as if he'd gained one last trembling gasp of sanity, and his voice softened. "Please, Tommy. Please." With his heart falling into a black abyss, Thomas pulled the trigger.”
"I don't think there is a right or wrong anymore. Only horrible and not-quite-so-horrible."
“I watched as that kid died. In his last few seconds there was pure terror in his eyes. You can't do that. You can't do that to a person. I don't care what anybody tells me, I don't care how many people go crazy and die, I don't care if the whole shuck human race ends. Even if that was the only thing that had to happen to find the cure, I'd still be against it.”
“As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over, WICKED is good.”
“And we want to make sure that something is done to salvage what’s left of this beautiful race called humans.”
One quality that the two stories definitely don't share is the overall theme of the story. In The Death Cure, as well as the other books in the series, the author makes it very clear that the overall message of the collection is teamwork. Thomas had to find the people that he really trusted and work with them to succeed in their mission to take down WICKED. In Transcendence, the moral was more along the lines of every man for himself due to the circumstances of Dr. Castors power.
In the film, the whole story is basically about technology being out of man's control, because Dr. Caster's powers were beyond just computers; he could recreate and regenerate human life simply by thinking about it, and no one could do anything abou it except if they destroyed the world wide web. In the novel, however, even though it may not seem so at first, everything was being perfectly handled for most of the story by WICKED because of how well planned out the schemes of the Trials were.
I obviously believe that The Death Cure created the most effective suspense because of the fact that the book was the conclusion to a series of three books, and it was where the whole series was finally wrapped-up. It was where the reader learned so much information about WICKED that we have wanted to know since the beginning of the series in the Maze.