"Thomas turned to his right to see a kid standing nearby, short and pudgy, staring at him. He was young-probably the youngest of any in the group he'd seen so far, maybe twelve or thirteen years old"(13).
Imagery When Thomas first arrives Chuck who was the guy who came before Thomas is assigned to stay with Thomas and show him around the Glade which is what the others call the maze.
Characterization As the wall begins to close the Gladers wait in suspense for Minho and Alby to return to the Glade as the chances of there return grows slimmer and slimmer as the walls slowly seal shut.
"The right wall rumbled across the ground, spitting dirt and rocks as it moved The vertical row of connecting rods, so many they seemed to reach the sky far above, slid toward their corresponding holes on the left wall, ready to seal shut until the morning"(111).
Theme The theme in this story is that you can be or do anything you just have to believe in yourself and not always listen to others. This can be demonstrated especially when Thomas becomes a runner and his best fiend Chuck congragulates him on his achievement because you have to be the best of the best to become a runner.
""That first night, when you were bragging about being a Runner and all that klunk -shuck I , I was laughing so hard. I kept telling myself, this sucker's in for a rude awakening. Well, you proved me wrong, huh""(187).
Flashback when Thomas goes through the changing which is what the Gladers call a type of medicine that changes you and gives only some of your memories back he is put on a trial and is asked to say what he remembers from his past life.
""But I remember enough. The creators are testing us. The Maze was never meant to be solved. It's all been a trial. They want the winners-or survivors-to do something important""(302).
Symbolism every night at the same time the walls close and every morning at the same time the walls open. Once a week supplies is sent up by the "creators" and once a month a new person is sent up, this symbolizes routine because everything is the same every day.
""This here's the Box. Once a month, we get a newbie like you, never fails. Once a week, we get supplies, clothes, some food. Ain't needin' a lot-pretty much run ourselves in the Glade""(42).
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