The Maze Runner Literary Analysis

Better Essays

The Maze Runner by James Dashner shows the reader what humans are capable of during a crisis. While some members of society will go to drastic lengths to survive, there are still those few that follow the rules to keep order. Morals are questioned as is the fight for humanity. James Dashner conveys these reactions through the actions of the Gladers and The Creators to be able to show the reader just how humans can react under pressure.

Humans will go to drastic lengths for the thought of survival. The Creators were a group who would do anything it took to 'save the world', which, in this case, is creating a maze for the Gladers and facing them with life or death situations. "It looked like an experiment gone terribly wrong - something from …show more content…

Its body resembled a gigantic slug, sparsely covered in hair and glistening with slime, grotesquely pulsating in and out as it breathed. It had no distinguishable head or tail, but front to end it was at least six feet long, four feet thick." This shows that the Creators were willing to make such a gruesome beast, to kill children, purely for the meagre thought of survival. The Creators are believed to be focused on helping earth's population, but could it be more about self-interest? Yes! The Creators could have completed these trials in a manner of different ways, but they chose to torture these children. This clearly shows that they were Machiavellian, going to drastic lengths for survival. "Thomas hated the people who'd taken this poor, innocent kid from his family. He hated them with a passion he didn't know a human could feel. He wanted them dead, tortured, even. He wanted Chuck to be happy. But happiness had been ripped from their lives. Love had been ripped from their lives.” From reading this excerpt, it is clear that …show more content…

Hope was made to keep the Gladers standing as one united force and ensure that all were willing to escape. "I remembered things from growin' up, where I lived, that sort of stuff. And if God himself came down right now and told me I could go back home...If it was real, Greenie, I swear I'd go shack up with the Grievers before goin' back." Although Alby has little or no hope left, he puts on a brave face for the younger boys. The rest of the Gladers believe that an escape is nearing and Alby wants to encourage that. Is Alby being selfish for doing this though? Are the boys given hope so that their community can be maintained to its high standard? “I promised him!" he screamed, realizing even as he did so that his voice was laced with something wrong. Almost insanity. "I promised I'd save him, take him home! I promised him!” Thomas made a promise to Chuck that he could save him, giving the Gladers hope. When in times of stress, hope is what keeps them as one. But then again, making promises that can't be kept is human nature, especially under the circumstances the Gladers were in. Thomas had little to no support when he made his promise to Chuck that he'd save him, so why would he raise this little kid's hopes up? Was it selfish of him so he would have more help to escape? Or was it for Chuck to help him get through the hard times Thomas know he'd have to face? It is clear that promises are made and broken, to help keep up

Get Access