The Maze Runner

Sydney Blandford
Laryssa Kapitanec
This is what we imagined
the walls of the Glade/Maze
to look like.
This elevator button
symbolizes the elevator ride
up into the maze and that
you can only go up and not
This garden is the garden
that the Gladers grow all of
their fruits and vegetables.
The Glade
In the Maze Runner, the main character,
Thomas, is first in in a steel elevator
that ascends to somewhere strange.
The elevator brings him to a place
called the Glade. The Glade has 50 or
60 teenage boys of all ages living in it.
The Glade is like a mini society. It has
shacks, a farm, vegetable gardens,
forests, and a graveyard. The Glade
is a rural area and it seems like it is
inside the huge maze. The Glade has
huge doors that close every night and
locks everything in the maze. In the
Glade, there are windows that you can
This is a maze which is what
see the maze through. There is also
we thought might be like or
100 foot walls covered with thick ivory.
something in that matter.
There is a courtyard in the middle of
the glade and it is made of huge stone
blocks, many cracked and filled with
long grasses and weeds. There is a
homestead and one room has chairs
in it, no windows, smells like mildew
and old books and that is where the
Gladers hold their gatherings.
This cow symbolizes that the
Gladers raise animals and
kill them when older so they
can have meat to survive on.
Imagine this character
without the smile, and
grumpy at all times.
Gally is a minor character in The Maze
Runner. He is also an antagonist in
some ways because all he does is
mess with all of the other Gladers.
Gally has a very deep, scratchy
voice. He is also very snobby and
mean because he has gone
through the Changing. During the
Changing, it brings vague
flashbacks and memories about
their past before they were sent up
into the maze. After this they
become very depressed about what
they have seen. Gally is a dynamic
character because at first he is still
crazy and mean, but towards the
end of the book he becomes a total
psycho person and even jumps on
top of a Griever because he doesn’t
want to go back to the real world.
This is what we picture Alby
to look like with a cleanshaven face and darkcolored skin.
Alby is a major character in the book. He is the
leader of the Glade, because he is one of
the oldest people and one of the people
who have been trapped in the Glade for
the longest. He also has dark colored
skin and is around 17 years old. He wore
normal clothes like everybody else. Alby
had short-chopped hair, and a clean
shaven face. He is very smart and wise.
He is very brave and will do anything to
get out of the Glade, but they can’t find a
way in almost 2 years. He sometimes
says very rude things towards Thomas
and the other Gladers. Alby is a dynamic
character because he is nice and also
strict in the beginning of the book and
after he goes through the Changing, he
becomes very depressed and crazy, like
a whole new person. He is also an
antagonist because he tried to burn all of
the maps in the map room and other
things, because he doesn’t want to go
back to the place he saw during the
Newt has long cut blonde hair
and very strong arms.
Newt is a major character in The Maze
Runner. He is the secondary-leader
behind Alby. Along with Alby, Newt
has been trapped in the Glade for
around 2 years. He has an odd
accent, he is taller than Alby, but a
year or so younger than him. Newt
has long, blond hair. Also, Newt is
very strong, so strong that his veins
stick out of his arms. He is a static
character because he doesn’t really
change at all. Newt is also a
protagonist because he helps
everybody out in the Glade and is
trying to help with everything to get
out of the Maze. When the Gladers
are trying to fight off the Greivers,
Newt encourages everyone before
they go into the fight.
Thomas is around 16 years
old and has brown hair.
Thomas is THE main character of the story, so
therefore he is a major character in the book.
He is told to be about 5’9”, and that he is
around 16 years old. He also has brown hair.
Thomas is very intelligent. When Thomas
came up into the maze, he had no memories
of his past. He could picture faces and things
in his mind, but was not able to pin-point
whom the faces belonged to and what or
where he had seen these basic things
before. Even saying this, he had a feeling
that he had been in the maze before. He also
felt that if he were to become a runner that
he would be able to find his way out. Thomas
is the second to last person to ever come up
into the maze. No more people will ever
come up. He is a protagonist because he is
always helping to get out of the maze, even
though before he was sent up into the maze,
he helped to create the whole thing. When
he came up into the maze though, he did not
remember anything about creating the
maze. Thomas is a static character because
for the most part he stays the same during
the whole book.
This is what we pictured Chick
to look like, a 12 or 13 year old
chubby boy.
Chuck is one of the minor characters in The
Maze Runner. He was the “green bean”
(the newest member of the Glade) before
Thomas entered. He is younger that
Thomas, around 12 or 13 years old.
Chuck loves to eat, so therefore is a little
chubby. Chuck is a very kind person. He
was Thomas’s first friend in the Glade
and helped Thomas become a little bit
more comfortable in the maze
surroundings. Chuck has only been in the
Glade for around a month, and is very
laid-back and accepting about everything
that happens in the Glade. Chuck isn’t
quite as smart as Thomas. Chuck is a
Slopper, which is a person who can not
do much of anything, so therefore they
clean toilets, clean showers, clean the
kitchen, and clean up the Blood House.
Chuck is a protagonist because he does
nothing wrong to hurt anything in the
Glade. He is also a static character
because he stays laid-back and kind the
whole time.
Minho is Asian with
short, black hair.
Minho is a major character in this
book mainly because he is one
of the most experienced
runners and is also the keeper
of the runners. He is an Asian
boy with short, black hair. He
also has very strong arms.
Minho has been in the Glade
for around 2 years along with
Alby and Newt. Minho also
looks older than Thomas. He is
a protagonist because he is
always running around the
corridors of the maze trying to
figure out a pattern to a way out
of the maze. He is a static
character and is always doing
the same thing, running.
Teresa has pale skin, jet
black hair and bright blue
Teresa is the girl who was brought up in
the elevator the day after Thomas
came into the Glade. She was in a
coma and then she just woke up for
only a few brief seconds and went
back into a coma. She has bright
blue eyes and jet black hair. She
has pale skin and is about 16 years
old. Teresa is the only girl in the
glade and the last person sent up
into the maze, EVER. Thomas also
feels that he knows Teresa from
before they were sent up into the
maze, but can’t make out any
specific moments. Once she wakes
up, Teresa is a major character in
the book because she helps figure
out the code to punch into the
computer in the Griever hole and
helps escape the maze. Teresa is a
protagonist from helping out to get
out of the maze and is a static
character because other than just
waking up from the coma, she
doesn’t really change much.
Beatle Blades
A beetle blade is a metal
creature with the word
WICKED printed on its back.
Beatle Blades are how the creators of
the maze keep an eye out for the
Gladers. It is how they can monitor
what is going on in the Glade. The
only purpose of these little robotlike things is vision. Beatle Blades
have red lasers shooting out like
eyes, but with lasers. The lasers
were like the sun, to bright to look at
directly. The torso was a silver
cylinder about 3 inches wide and 10
inches long. Also it had 12 jointed
legs, so that it could walk around.
The legs had some sort of ability to
climb trees and walls, mostly
everything, to watch the Gladers
with a close eye. There were
multiple Beatle Blades in the maze.
On the backs of the Beatle Blades,
there was the word WICKED.
Grievers are the monsters in the maze.
They are in the actual maze part and
not the Glade. The Greivers are known
to for sure come out during the night
but some also will come out during the
day and sting the runners from the
Glade. These creatures are like a part
animal, part machine creation. They
resemble a giant slug covered with
little hair and slime all over. The
Grievers don’t have a distinguished
head or tail, but from front to back they
are at least 6 feet and about 4 feet
thick. They have mechanical arms in
random spots on their bodies, and
A Griever is apart animal, part machine each arm has a different purpose. Also
some Greivers had lights attached to
with slime all over it and metal spikes
them the would go on sometimes and
all over it.
then turn off at times, and then some
Greivers would have long, scary
needles that they would use to sting
the Gladers when they came their way.
Figurative Language
“ It was followed by a horrible
crunching, grinding sound.” (28)
“A twisted pale figure writhing in agony,
chest bare and hideous.” (26)
“The bread was thick and white; the
carrots a sparkling, bright orange.” (62)
“… A sick mixture of overheated
engines and charred flesh.” (127)
“Everything is going to change.” (57)
“I saw you in the changing, and I’m
gonna figure out who you are.” (32)
“But nothing sent chills up and down
Thomas’s spine like the haunted,
deathly moans…” (127)
The smoke was cotton balls billowing
from the chimney.
“Sweat drenched his hair, his hands, his
clothes, everything.” (128)
Our house is an old friend of ours.
The snow whispered as it fell to the
“Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.” (127)
“Click-Click-Click.” (127)
“buh-bump, buh-bump, buh-bump”
Rising Action
Thomas is sent up into the Glade in an elevator. He remembers
nothing but his first name.
The day after Thomas is sent up, a girl, the only girl ever, was sent
up into the maze and is in a coma. She has a note from the
creators saying, “She is the last one. Ever.”
Thomas goes exploring in the Deadheads (graveyard) and Ben, a
boy who had recently been stung by a Griever, starts trying to
attack Thomas. Alby comes into the woods and shoots Ben with his
bow and arrow.
Ben gets banished (thrown into the maze at night to be attacked by
the Grievers) because of attacking Thomas.
Another day, Minho comes back in the middle of the day while he is
supposed to be out running and has news that he found a dead
Rising Action (continued)
The next day Alby and Minho go out into the maze to look for the
dead Griever, but when they reach it, it springs back to life and
attacks Alby. When Alby and Minho make it so that the Gladers can
see them, the doors shut.
Just as the doors were shutting, Thomas jumps between the doors
and into the maze. Thomas refuses to get attacked my the Grievers
so he climbs up the ivy on the wall and ties Alby to it. Minho and
Alby eventually meet up again and kill 3 Grievers by making them
fall of the Cliff.
When the morning comes they get into the Glade and Alby gets the
Greif Serum and goes through the Changing.
Thomas gets put into the Slammer (jail of the Glade) so that the
other Gladers don’t think its okay to dis-obey the rules.
Teresa starts talking to Thomas through theirs minds even though
she is still in a coma.
Rising Action (continued)
Thomas and Minho go for Thomas’s first day of actual running and
nothing happens. It is just the normal maze walls that have moved.
Teresa tells Thomas, through their minds, that she has just
triggered an ending.
When Thomas wake up the next day the sky is grey and everything
is commotion around the maze.
Thomas gets put into the Slammer (jail of the Glade) so that the
other Gladers don’t think its okay to dis-obey the rules.
Teresa starts talking to Thomas through theirs minds even though
she is still in a coma. Newt and Alby are very frustrated because
supplies didn’t come up through the elevator like they have been for
the past two years and there is no sun so they can’t grow their food.
Rising Action (continued)
Minho and Thomas go running to see if anything changed in the
wall movements the night before. They see a Griever and follow it.
They discover that the grievers must have an invisible hole that
they go in when they aren’t in the maze.
Teresa wake up from the coma and immediately goes to Thomas.
Before much of anything could happen Alby rushes over and starts
freaking out because the doors to get out into the maze never
closed, meaning the Grievers could come into the maze.
Alby puts Teresa into the Slammer because he thinks that she
made all of this happen to them.
The grievers come attacking and takes Gally and only Gally
because they only take 1 person per night.
Alby goes to the map room and burns it because he doesn’t want to
go back to where they were before the maze.
Rising Action (continued)
Teresa, Newt, and Thomas all get wax paper, black markers
and scissors and start tracing all the maps onto the wax paper.
They come up with a code.
That night Thomas purposely gets stung by a griever so he can
go through the changing to remember how to get out of the
3 day later when he comes out of the Changing, and knows
exactly how to get out, but is going to need cooperation and
sacrifice from everybody.
The Gladers had a gathering about Thomas’s memories he had
during the changing and about how to get out of the maze.
All of the keepers decide that it’s better to fight for their life, then
just sit there and wait to be taken one by one by the grievers.
Then all the Gladers go into the maze and are ready to fight the
Once they get to all of the Grievers, the Gladers fight the Grievers
towards the walls and Teresa, Chuck, and Thomas run through and
all jump into the Griever Hole. They all get to the computer and type
in the code to shut off all the Grievers.
They go through this mini maze thing to get to where the creators
are, and then they meet.
Falling Action
All of the Gladers that survived the fight with the
Grievers, along with the creators of the maze are in
the Creator’s lab.
People burst through the doors and shoot the
Creators because of what they have done to the kids
that were in the maze.
The people who came through the doors tell the
Gladers to follow them to get out of the lab.
Once they all get outside, they see a woman who
yanks Thomas down to the ground and is telling
them to save her and them from the Flare.
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Society = Thomas vs. The Creators
An example of Man vs. Society conflict
that we found was a very general one.
This is just in general, but how Thomas
is fighting the Creators by trying to get
out of the Maze while they are throwing
all of these odd variables at them. This
‘battle’ pretty much goes on for the
entire book.
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Man = Thomas vs. Ben
An example of Man vs. Man conflict in The
Maze Runner that we found was:
When Thomas went wondering around in
the Deadheads and Ben started attacking
Thomas. Ben had said that Thomas wasn’t
one of them, like he was an outsider that
was for some reason not supposed to be in
the maze.
“He’s not one of us!” Ben shouted. “I
saw him-he’s…he’s bad. We have to kill
him! Let me gut him!” (73)
Theme and Resolution
The theme of The Maze Runner that we
came up with is:
Even when against all odds, never
give up.
Because the Gladers never gave up even
against such powerful forces, the Creators
of the maze. Even as they were throwing
all of these variables at them and they had
to come up with such complex solutions for
them, but still never gave up.
In the end of The Maze Runner, all of the
remaining Gladers pile onto a bus with the
people who rescued them from the
Creators and they drove off. They drove for
around 2 hours until they got to the place
where all of them could sleep. There were
bunk beds and everything else they could
need. Everyone is happy for now, but
nobody knows what the next day could
bring them or what will happen to them
Alby’s, Minho’s, Thomas’s, Teresa’s, Gally’s, and Newt’s Pictures:
Chuck’s Picture:
Beatle Blade Picture:
Griever Picture:
All Setting Pictures:
Microsoft Clip-Art
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