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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Analysis

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory


Despite All Our Rage, We're Still Just Rats in a CageThe Glade is a meadow the size of several football fields surrounded by gigantic walls that fall in the middle of a vast maze formed by wall...

Narrator Point of View

We are being told the story as seen and felt by our protagonist Thomas, but not by Thomas directly. This would be better if Thomas weren't such a limp noodle of a guy, because for at least the firs...


These genres can pretty much speak for themselves: The Maze Runner is geared toward teenage readers (although we're pretty sure a ton of adults will read it as well), which makes it young adult lit...


Add this word to your brain-banks, guys, because it describes the tone of the book perfectly. Whiny, petulant, discontented, plaintive—all fun words that would work, but say it with us: querulous...

Writing Style

Don't feel like slogging through pages of loquacious descriptions regarding scenery? Or dialogue that lasts so long you have to flip a few pages back in order to keep track of who's talking? Then t...

What's Up With the Title?

The title is pretty self-explanatory. It's like in Family Guy when Peter realizes the title of the movie he's watching is from the dialogue of that movie. The Maze Runner is about Thomas, who is ru...

What's Up With the Ending?

Man oh man, the ending. The epilogue of the story is a memorandum from Ava Paige, the Chancellor of WICKED, to all of her associates discussing how amazingly the test subjects succeeded in their li...


The Maze Runner isn't particularly challenging insofar as the language is simple, the chapters are short, and the messages that the author wants you to receive are practically spelled out. It's per...

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