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Maze Runner-Dystopian Elements

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Maria Heuring

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Transcript of Maze Runner-Dystopian Elements

By James

Anu Gurung, Maria Heuring,
Nick Seel, and Oliver Swingen
The Gladers (The people living in the maze) have a
broken sort of family. They were all brought together
to the Glade with their memories wiped. They have no memories of their real family and past experiences.
However, they were able to forge a working “family”
where all the gladers have jobs. They are very self
sufficient even with the little supplies the creators
give them. As Alby said,
“-We pretty much run ourselves in the
Glade.”(42) This is dystopian, because their
family is run more by survival than love.
Some customs in the Glade are:
-The Changing, which happens after a Glader is stung by a Greiver “A twisted, pale figure writhing in agony, chest bare and hideous…” (20)
-The Doors of the maze move every night, trapping the Gladers inside the Glade (or the maze!) “The Runners’ll be back soon;then the walls are going to move until the gaps are closed.” (25)
-Beetle Blades are like “spy cameras” so the Creators of the maze can see what is going on in the glade. “Beetle Blade... won’t hurt ya unless you’re stupid enough to touch one of them.” (13)

These customs represent some of the book's themes such as danger, risk, imprisonment, and control.

It is unknown exactly where the Glade is...however they are definitely trapped inside it. At the end of the book, it is revealed that their living there was an experiment controlled by WICKED (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department)
“Welcome back. Over two years, and so few dead. Amazing.” (353)

This is definitely dystopian because
the characters hardly know anything about where they are, what they need to do, or even who they are.
Food isn’t much of a factor in the book,
because the food is delivered from the Creators in the magical box known as 'The Box'. They also et supplies and occasionally people from The Box. The Gladers are also able to grow their own food using their
garden . “...grow and raise most of our
This isn't really dystopian because
while they would like better quality food,
they at least stay nourished. In many dystopias, food may be available only to some or have to be rationed/controlled.
Yet that isn't the case in Maze Runner as
they have some freedom to grow their
own crops.
Here is a picture of the actor who will play
Frypan when the Maze Runner MOVIE comes out this September!
Frypan cooks the Glader's Food.
The history of the Glade is little, but we know it came to be as
an experiment/ trial when the Flare (natural disaster) started.
The first Gladers arrived two years before Thomas, main
character, did. It is hidden from them, of course, because they
have no memories of their own past/history. “Over two years
and so few dead. Amazing.” (353) [Using this quote again
since it works for both elements]

This is definitely dystopian,
because in novels of that sort,
the characters rarely know much about their history. This is usually to cover up scandals, wars, plans, etc. and to prevent
citizens from thinking that life
could be different.
Some symbolism in this book
can be found in the maze itself
(imprisonment), the
creators(control), Thomas (determination/hope),Teresa (The "beginning of the end"), Beetle
Blades (Eyes for the creators) etc.
For instance, a quote that shows
Thomas’s determination is,
“Denying the truth would solve
nothing.” (185)
The power is clearly with the Creators. The Gladers are really just pawns of their game. “The subjects will eventually recall and understand the purpose of the hard things we have done and plan to do to them.” (373) Alby, as the leader of the Gladers, also has power and
Here is a picture of a greiver, machines that live in the maze and attack the runners.
They symbolize fear.
The type of language that the gladers use reflects how the
Glade has turned them “hard” just for survival. They rarely
compliment or say positive things. They also use...rustic? words they have come up with themselves, i.e. Greenbean, shank, shuck, klunk, slopper, etc. “...hearing so many words and phrases that didn’t make sense...they popped out of the boys’ mouths so naturally it seemed odd for him not to
understand.” (6)
This is definitely dystopian, as the "citizens" are not free to
make their own choices...
The Gladers still look like humans as we know today.
The grievers and the beetle blades may be mutants, but pretty much everything else is 'normal looking.' “I’d say you’re sixteen. And in case you were wondering, five foot nine...brown hair.” (15)
This isn't really a huge factor, but there are enough
dystopian elements that is it still a dystopian novel.
Physical Apperance
Thanks For Staying Awake For Our Presentation!
Things you will need to know in order to understand our presentation!!!
Plot= A large group of teenagers have been put inside a giant maze with no memory of their past other than their name. They have no communication with the outside world other than the box that drops off supplies, food, and a new kid once a month.
Gladers= What the boys call themselves
Runners= The runners go out every day and map out the maze in hope to find a way out...the walls of the maze close!
Greivers= Robots that attack/sting Gladers that get too close to them in the maze.


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