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Thomas In James Dashner's The Maze Runner

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Imagine being trapped, between cold, hard metal walls. Not knowing where you are or why you’re there. The only thing you remember is your name. You’re risen in an elevator type machine to a village, called the glade, ran by people you don’t know. They too don't know where they are or why they're they're but they don’t seem fazed by that idea. Thomas, the protagonist in the novel, The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner, suffered through this experience. But instead of settling like the others he wanted to be free. So he risked his life, going through the maze to find a way out. This novel follows the journey Thomas goes through to find a way out of the maze and to the people who put him there. The novel was released in 2009 and five years…show more content…
It is also clear to see that these differences have more of an impact on the actual story itself since the characters are those who create a story. When Thomas first arrives, him and Alby don't see eye to eye right away. Alba says to Thomas, “If you ain't scared, you ain't human. Act any different and I'd throw you off the cliff because it'd mean you're a psycho” (Dashner 9). Alby doesn't care that Thomas is still in shock since his arrival and doesn’t show any empathy until later on in the book. In the movie however, they get along pretty well. Instead of being hard and negative and nearly antagonistic toward Thomas, in the movie, Alby finds himself taking on more of a mentoring role earlier on. In Thomas's case, this is better because it allows him to ease into this new life and help him ask more bold questions. Minho is one of few runners in the story and in the book, the night he got stuck in the maze with Alby and Thomas he acted very scared and had no hope at all. Minho quotes, “I’ve never been this scared before dude. Not like this…. You’re making it worse by having hope! We’re dead, you hear me? Dead!” (Dashner 117). After freaking out the book stated, “And then he turned and ran, disappearing in seconds, swallowed by the maze and darkness” (Dashner 118). The difference between this scenario and the films scenario is that in the film, Minho doesn’t give up…show more content…
Between plot lines, changes like the way the grievers attacked, and the amount of gladers sent up at time definitely had an impact on how the movie played out but found a way to connect it to the novel. Then within the characters, when Alby approaches Thomas in a more calmly way, in the movie, it helps Thomas have the opportunity to make more bold question from the start. Lastly, changes in the settings were also made, for example the outline of the maze. That created a different glade with four opening instead of one and creates a new way to escape. Although these changes were made, the overall outcome of the movie did stay true the original ideas in the movie. Now, imagine being trapped, between cold, hard, metal walls. Not knowing where you are or why you’re there. The only thing you remember is your name. You’re risen in an elevator type machine to a village, called the glade, ran by people you don’t know. They too don't know where they are or why they're they're but they don’t seem fazed by that idea. Thomas, the protagonist in the novel, The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner, suffered through this experience. But between the movie and novel this experience didn’t change and it was still a struggle for him to regain his liberty and find those who put up and maybe others in this
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