Summary: “When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone.
When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened.
Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.” (Amazon.com)
Throughout the book there were many different changes that the characters experienced. Several variables were thrown their way that they had to overcome.
It is clearly shown that the characters reactions differed from the beginning of the book to the end. When the Gladers have to work together in the end, the audience can tell that each individual in the book has gone through situations where they had to react differently in a way they might not have done in the beginning.
The character that experienced the most changes was Thomas, the main protagonist. Considering Thomas woke up with absolutely no memory except his name, it is only suiting that he be a little confused. In the beginning, before Teresa arrives, he is mostly in shock of what is happening and is just trying to comprehend where he is and what is going on. However, when Teresa comes the next day and he starts getting specific feelings about becoming a runner, the reader grasps a more strong-headed character that is dedicated to his goals.
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Then when he goes into the maze against the rules to help save Alby, the leader of the Glades, the audience sees someone brave that is willing to risk his life to save someone. When Thomas decides that he needs to regain some of his memories so he can try and help the Gladers, he puts himself in danger to undergo “The Changing”. He works together with the Gladers and comes up with a way to escape the Maze, which shows how aware he has become and how he is taking initiative of the situation.
As he leads the group of boys through the maze, in which they undertake a dangerous battle, we can see how much of a leader role he has become. During the course of the book, Thomas took a turn from a dazed, muddled newbie Glader to a hero that committed his life to getting all the boys and Teresa out of the Maze.
Teresa was also someone that took on many variables that changed her throughout the book. When she came to Glade, she only knew her name and the instructions to say to the Gladers that she would be the last Glader and that “Nothing would ever be the same”. She remained in a coma for most of the beginning; however when she woke up the audience was able to grasp all her qualities.
Due to her telepathic abilities she shared with Thomas, she developed a unique relationship with him. They became very close and we could see that she mostly relied on Thomas for everything, specifically when the other Gladers locked her away for cautionary measures. However, when they released her she took charge in helping Thomas find a way to get everyone out of the Maze.
The audience can see her wit and intelligence now in finding a plan for the Gladers. When leading everyone out she is with Thomas helping him in proceeding to find the exit. The reader can see that throughout the story Teresa has changed from a quiet girl that keeps to herself that only confides in Thomas to someone that is bright and supportive in leading all to safety.
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Another character in The Maze Runner that undergoes changes is Minho. Minho was one of the first Gladers and has taken on a strong role as the leader of the runners.
He is first seen as an ignorant older boy that has been through a lot and not someone to mess with. In the beginning, he didn’t care for Thomas at all, however when Thomas comes into the Maze to try and help him in saving Alby they had to work together. Minho and Thomas out their skills together and outlast the Grievers (deadly creatures that roam the Maze during the night) saving Alby.
He then forms a relationship with Thomas and then they come together to find a way out for the Gladers. This shows how Minho turned from an angry, troubled bully to a leading Glader that grew a relationship with someone he at first despised.