"Jebel scratched his head. 'If your god is so powerful, why doesn't he help you? We've been taking slaves from Abu Kheshabah for centuries...Why doesn't your God free you all?...He doesn't sound like much of a God to me'" (Shan 121). The author keeps showing Jebel's judgmental character to show that his people don't have respect for others and their practices. They think negatively of others that have different beliefs.
"Weeks of grave robbing followed, traveling to the lands of southern Abu Saga, hitting the more prosperous towns and raiding their mausoleums. The author continues to show Jebel's struggles with Master Bush and Master Blair because it shows how he works through the hardships he is experiencing and holds onto hope.
"It makes no sense, Jebel muttered" (Shan 200). The author continues to show Jebel's intolerance for people with different beliefs or ways of life to show how Jebel is ignorant. Jebels change in character is reflected when he embraces different ways of life later in the story.
"But one stood out...He was shoveling hard, leading the labors, encouraging other. Tel Heshani!" (Shan 268). This realization will make Jebel more eager to escape from Master Bush and Master Blair. Seeing his collegue will give him the strength and courage to try to escape.
"Tel Heshani's face contorted. 'Cannibals! We should have guessed" (Shan 318). This will change the urgency Tel Heshani and Jebel have to get away from the Um Humata. Seeing that the fate of the fallen member is less than ideal, they will be desperate to get away.
"Jaws dropped long before the rock came down. It sailed far past the others..." (Shan 455). This will change how people feel about Jebel entering the competition. They will believe his story about completing the quest, and will support him during the competition.