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Cohen 1 Nitya
Mr. Reeder
H English Period 3/4
15 August 2014

The Maze Runner 1) “Everything is about to change.” I feel as though this quote sums up the plot of the
Maze Runner. Life in the “Glade” was simple and routine, when Thomas shows up everything changes. Things start to get fishy when the first girl, Teresa, shows up at the
Glade. From this moment on things that have never happened happen, the sky turns gray, the walls of the glade don’t close, and one person dies every night. The plot of the book is always changing with codes and mysteries becoming uncovered.”Everything is about to change”. I can relate to this quote as my life is always changing. 2) Thomas is a character from The Maze Runner that is in conflict with himself and some of the children from the Glade. A kid called “Gally” accused Thomas that he was the reason everybody was stuck in the maze. Nobody has memories of their life before the maze, so no one could prove or disprove him, this puts Thomas in conflict with society. Thomas makes a promise to a friend, Chuck, that he will take him home. When everyone escapes the glade Gally kills Chuck, as he can not control his actions.
Thomas thinks that it is his fault that Chuck died and feels guilty for not keeping his promise to Chuck and therefore puts him in conflict with himself.

Cohen 2

3) The Maze Runner reminded me of The Lord Of the Flies, as they both have a similar plot and theme. The Maze Runner had a lot of themes, death, bravery, apocalypse, and many more. The theme that most stood out was order vs chaos. The order is described as the Glade, where all the kids live and it is a safe haven for them. The
Maze represents Chaos because it is the unknown and everything out there is dangerous and trying to kill you. 4) The Maze Runner was easy to relate to because all of the characters in the book are kids. The Gladers thought and acted as I would have during their situation. For example, Two kids were stuck outside the walls of the Glade when the walls were closing, out of instinct Thomas ran out there and endangered himself to help others, had
I been there I would’ve done the same thing. 5) If I could enter the story and save a character I would save Chuck. Chuck was an innocent welcoming child, as well as Thomas’s first friend. Thomas made a promise to
Chuck that he would protect him and reunite him with his family. When the kids of the
Glade escape the maze a scientist orders a double agent called Gally to kill Chuck as an experiment to see how the kids react, I would’ve intervened and helped everybody escape so nobody gets hurt and Thomas could keep his promise.

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