Study Guide

The Maze Runner Rules and Order

By James Dashner

Rules and Order

Part of the Killzone Experiment was to see if the kids were capable of forming an orderly society if left to their own devices, and it turns out they totally were. They created a hierarchy of jobs with which to occupy their time, which increased food production and thus a sense of security. They also developed a system of rules and punishments that evolved out of the need for self-preservation. And finally, they devised a systematic approach to solving the Maze. All of these factors gave the boys a sense of order, which was crucial to preventing the senseless panic they would've otherwise fallen into.

Questions About Rules and Order

  1. Do you think their system of employment developed organically, or was there probably one kid who just took charge?
  2. Is a hierarchy necessary for a society to function properly? Like if the Sloppers weren't at the bottom or the Runners at the top, would someone else just take that place?
  3. Why is order so important to the boys? Why not just fall into chaos—wouldn't it be satisfying in a way?
  4. Is there a time when preserving order in the Glade took precedence over someone's life—and was it justified?

Chew on This

Without their system of rules, the boys would never have found their way out of the Maze.

Their organization developed out of necessity, rather than a desire for comfort—it is a crucial part of human nature to inflict order on chaos.