The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner Chapter 36 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Not wanting to confront Teresa, Thomas runs into the graveyard to find seclusion. When he settles in there, he hears Teresa’s voice. She says that forgetting him was the worst part of the memory loss. At first he thinks he is hearing her voice in is head again, but then he turns and sees her. Standing near stone wall, Teresa is dressed in jeans and a t-shirt.
Thomas has just gone through some major shifts in perception. The Maze, no longer representing chaos, is actually a code and the Cliff, no longer a symbol for death, may be their only hope for an exit. Now, in another perceptual shift, Thomas mistakes hearing Teresa in real life for hearing her in his thoughts.
Themes
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Teresa asks if he remembers her and he says that although he can’t explain it, she seems familiar. She responds that she remembers remembering, but the memories, although all there, are blurred. Thomas says that he likes when she calls him “Tom,” that it reminds him of home. He then asks how she has been communicating with him through their thoughts. She telepathically says that she doesn’t know but it feels right and normal. She also shows him her arm on which she had scrawled a note, which reads, “WICKED is good.” She says she was able to write this down before her memories totally faded, but that she can no longer remember what it means.
Thomas still feels a connection to Teresa despite his memory loss, showing that personal relationships leave an imprint on our identities that never truly disappears. And, in another example of shifting meaning, Teresa tells him that “WICKED is good.” The phrase is an oxymoron, since “wickedness” is by definition bad. But as we keep seeing, in the Glade (and in life) our perceptions can shift at any moment: what seems like chaos is order and what seems like wickedness is good.
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Newt, Alby, and a Med-Jack named Jeff come into the graveyard. Newt asks how Teresa got to the graveyard and she responds that Jeff must not have mentioned how she kicked him in the groin and escaped through the window. When Newt mocks Jeff for being beaten up by a girl, Teresa threatens Newt that if he keeps talking that way, he’ll be next.
Teresa’s action subvert the boys’ sexist beliefs about women: she overpowers Jeff in a fight and sticks up for herself when Newt mocks him for losing to girl. Teresa quickly proves herself to be an equal match to the boys.
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Alby demands to know from Thomas why Teresa came to him. Thomas says that they must have known each other before arriving in the Glade, but that they can’t remember anything else. Alby gets angry at Teresa, asking what she did to cause the changes in the Glade. She says that she triggered the end but doesn’t know why or what that means. Yelling at her and Thomas for being so casual, Alby tells them that it’s past sunset and the Doors never shut.
In another instance of sexism, Alby directs his question about Teresa to Thomas as if she wasn’t even there. Sexism is so prevalent in their society that Alby completely ignores Teresa, showing that he lacks respect for her.
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