Analytical Essay On 'The Maze Runner'

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Maze Runner Analytical Essay
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
In The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, teenage boys appear in an area called the Glade with no memories of their past. Their only way to escape the Glade is through a dangerous maze, which resets itself every night. There are several religious and theistic elements within this novel. The one religion that I noticed so far in this novel is Christianity, as the graves were marked with a wooden cross. There is dystheism, which makes the boys constantly question their existence and there is also the metaphor that the maze is a spiritual journey. Throughout the novel the characters seem to question if they are in control of their life or if some else is controlling things. The
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When the main character, Thomas arrived to the Glade in a box, in a way he was being “born” into a different or new reality. He had no memories of his past, so he got to start his life anew. When we are born life itself is like the glade, we do not know what this place is initially, we do not get instructions on what to do once we get here, and we do not remember where we came from. We come into this world completely clueless and probably frightened, which were emotions that Thomas felt when he first entered the Glade. So, like Thomas, we explore our world and realize that everything on this earth was built by an unknown higher power. We explore the maze, running into dead ends, hoping that we have made the right decisions so that in the end, we are able to get into a better place. This is much like religion and faith because depending on our religion, we do certain things with the hope that we end up in a superior

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