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The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief


by Rick Riordan

Isolation Quotes in The Lightning Thief

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Quote #4

My heart sank. Grover had a summer home. I'd never considered that his family might be as rich as the others at Yancy. (2.94)

Money has never been an issue between Grover and Percy – they've always been able to relate to one another. Percy has always believed they had lots in common. But, here, Percy is realizing that maybe he's different from Grover too. This really makes him feel lonely. He just wants to meet someone like him.

Quote #5

I started to understand Luke's bitterness and how he seemed to resent his father, Hermes. So, okay, maybe gods had important things to do. But couldn't they call once in a while, or thunder, or something? (8.10)

Being all-powerful and immortal, it seems like it seems plausible that a god might be able to find the time to check in with their demi-god children. What could the gods possibly be busy with? How do the gods feel about their demi-god children?

Quote #6

Just when I'd started to feel accepted, to feel I'd had a home in cabin eleven and I might be a normal kid—or as normal as you can be when you're a half-blood—I'd been separated out as if I had some rare disease. (9.4)

Percy's seems doomed to living a lonely life. Maybe that's why his mother worked so hard to keep him from realizing that he is a half-blood. The life of a demi-god must be a really lonely one, especially if you are the son of the big three. Are you surprised that Percy isn't more excited about being claimed by Poseidon?

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