The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner
By James Dashner
Themes in The Maze Runner
• A main theme in The Maze Runner is
friendship can overcome many obstacles. This
is shown when Thomas finds the exit to the
maze, but only with the help of his friends
fighting off the Grievers. Also, this theme is
shown when Thomas helps Minho and Alby in
the Maze by saving them from the Grievers.
Themes in The Maze Runner II
• Another theme in The Maze Runner is that no
matter how bad things get you need to keep
friends close. I believe this theme is important
because the Gladers wouldn’t have been able
to solve the maze without the help of
everyone fighting off the Grievers.
Themes in The Maze Runner III
• ‘When it gets tough, never give up’ is another
theme in The Maze Runner. If the Gladers had
given up when the sun disappeared, they
would’ve died immediately. However, they
stuck together trying to figure out the maze,
and they did, because they didn’t give up.
Themes in The Maze Runner IV
• Another theme of The Maze Runner is that
you need other people to help you succeed,
you cannot survive on your own. This theme is
prevalent basically throughout the whole
book because Thomas and the other Gladers
each have a job they do to help the
community survive.
Themes in The Maze Runner V
• The last theme, if this is one, is the need for
structure in society. When the Gladers arrived
in the center of the maze, they immediately
set up a makeshift society. This society also
helped them trust each other and ultimately
get through the maze.
Symbols in The Maze Runner
• I believe a large theme of symbolism in the
maze runner is the teenage boys stuck in the
maze is like teenagers stuck in the maze of life.
It doesn’t have a clear exit and it is dangerous
and confusing.
Symbols in The Maze Runner II
• Another theme in the maze runner is the walls
closing every night. This is a symbol of how us
as a society has closed ourselves in our walls
that we think are safe and impenetrable and
give us a false sense of security, but we are
really trapped inside our walls.
Symbols in The Maze Runner III
• Touching more upon teenagers, I believe
another symbol would be how the walls are
like the walls that trap teenagers, e.g. the
limitations of school, parents,etc.
Symbols in The Maze Runner IV
• Yet another symbol in The Maze Runner is the
Grievers representing authority figures, e.g.
parents or police that may punish one for not
going through the right paths through the
‘maze’ of life.
Symbols in The Maze Runner V
• Adding onto the previous symbolism, I believe
the maze could be a metaphor/symbol of the
rules and responsibilities of teenagers, like at
school, at home, and in society.
Picture Sources
• http://www.indiabook.biz/images/27.jpg
• http://albertogm88.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/01/runner.jpg
• http://www.woollythoughts.com/other/plastic%20can
vas%20maze.jpg
• http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=wrist+watch&
view=detail&id=46EAB43817AD616089707F2F279314B
CF41B5F51&first=0
• http://thethingreenlineshop.files.wordpress.com/2012
/01/plastic-bottled-water.jpg
• http://www.styles-shoe.com/wpcontent/uploads/2012/04/nike-shoes.jpg

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