The main character of the novel of The Maze Runner is Thomas. "My name is Thomas he thought"(Dashner 1). The first time the book mentions Thomas is the very first page when he is going up in the box. He has no idea where he is, what is happening, or who who even is.
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On Thomas' first day he realizes that he has no idea how tall he is, what he looks like, and how old he is. Chuck takes care of this, "I'd say you're sixteen. And in case you were wondering, five foot nine... brown hair. Oh, and ugly as fried liver on a stick"(Dashner 15). Thomas is overall in good shape. This is why he is one of the best if not the best runner. He's strong, slim and very athletic. He has brown hair, and brown eyes. In Chucks opinion he's also one ugly guy although Teresa seems to think differently.
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Thomas exemplifies many traits. However, his strongest trait he has is curiosity. While on the tour with Alby he shows this curiosity. "Thomas nodded, his whole body itching with the desire to ask questions. I need some tape to put over my mouth he thought"(Dashner 42). The author's use of indirect characterization informs the reader that Thomas is a very curious person. The author accomplishes this by using introspection. This element allows us to know all of the questions that are in his head. Ever since he's got to the maze he's had questions about everything. He wants to know how things work and why they're happening. During most nights he can't even sleep due to all of the thoughts and questions running through his head. His curious nature continues throughout the entire book. When he finds the answer to one question he comes up with a new one. Overall, curiosity is an extremely strong trait for Thomas.
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When Thomas arrives on his first day he is opened up to a whole new world. Most of it makes no sense to him. Which is why through the beginning of the story he is very confused. "Thomas was hit with a wave of confusion, blistered with panic"(Dashner 3). Thomas is completely lost. He has no idea where he is, where he has come from, or who he even is. The only thing he can remember is his first name. He doesn't know where he is. He is in the middle of a field, surrounded by huge stone walls and random boys he doesn't know. He tries to get answers but know one will answer him. They keep on telling him, wait until the tour. To make is even more difficult he doesn't understand the words they use, like shank, and klunk. Its is a lot for him to handle. He feels like it should almost be a dream but it's not. It's his new life. Overall, in the beginning Thomas is a complete mess having no ideas what is going on.
Thomas shows the trait, braveness tremendously in the middle of the book. He puts himself before others. "He moved. Forward. He squeezed past the connecting rods at the last second and stepped into the maze"(Dashner 112). Alby who is not normally a runner goes out into the maze with Minho to look at a "dead" griever. He got stung and they weren't going to make it back in time. Right before the walls closed for the night Thomas enters the maze to help save them. It isn't just a normal maze either. It is filled with fierce grievers, who are ready to kill. To further show his bravery, Thomas is a newbie, and has only been in the maze for a couple of days. He is still trying to figure out what is going on, but he does what's right. He sees someone who needs help and he goes out to help them. Most of the other newbies would still be crying in the corner wanting mommy, but not Thomas. He steps up to the plate and he shows that he’s special. Thomas clearly must be a brave person in order to enter the maze in order to save two people lives, he barely knows.
Throughout the entire book and definitely in the end Thomas shows that he is a survivor. “You did it. I can’t believe it actually worked”(Dashner 348). Thomas, in the end, is a survivor. Not only did he survive the maze but his nature is to survive. He has the skills, the athleticism, and the intelligence of a skilled survivor. When he gets stuck in the maze trying to save Alby and Minho he exemplifies these survival skills. He also demonstrates this trait at the end of the book. He creates a new way of looking at the maps and finding a code. When he realizes that they need more information he goes through the changing to get this information. This level of intelligence is what makes him so great. He then fights off hoards of grievers in order to get to the hole and let Teresa punch in the code. When it doesn't go as planned, he problem solves under pressure. This allows him and the gladers to escape the maze. Overall Thomas skills and intelligence is what truly makes him a survivor.