The Maze Runner- Characterization
Project by Leah Vermeulen
The first mention of the character is when Thomas has arrived into the Glade from the Box. ¨He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air... My name is Thomas, he thought,¨ (Dashner 1). Thomas has just stepped into a new life and can remember nothing except his name. He is confused and afraid, surrounded by strangers.
Thomas is an average teenage boy, yet he is destined to save the Glade and everyone in it.¨I would say you are sixteen and in case you were wondering, five foot nine... brown hair,¨ (Dashner 15). In result of Thomas not being able to remember what he looks like, Chuck explains it to him. He does not have any special powers or features, but he will eventually save the Glade.
Throughout the book, the main trait developed in Thomas is selflessness.¨I could not just sit there and leave you guys out here,¨ (Dashner 113). Thomas has just risked his own life for Alby and Minho, two boys he barely even knows. Going out into the maze for them when he could die shows extreme selflessness.
In the beginning of the story, Thomas's main trait is fear. "Thomas was hit with a wave of confusion, blistered with panic," (Dashner 3). He has just arrived into a new place full of strangers. All he wants to do is go home and understand what has happened to him. Therefore, he is afraid and isolates himself.
By the middle of the story, Thomas becomes courageous. "We made it through the whole night- never done before," (Dashner 140). In the maze, Thomas actually battles the monsters every other Glader runs from. He also saves Alby by tying him to a maze wall with vines, showing true courage.
By the end of the book, Thomas has changed between fearful and a brave leader. "I'm going to go through the Hole or I will die trying," (Dashner 313). Thomas is brave enough to risk his life to get the group out of the maze. This also sets an example to urge them to escape, showing leadership from Thomas. When some Gladers agree to leave, Thomas also takes the responsibility of leading them out.
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