The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

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Gally Character Analysis

Described by Thomas as a bully, Gally is hotheaded and arrogant, constantly threatening the other boys with violence. Despite his flaws, Gally cares deeply about the safety of the Gladers, sacrificing his own life to prevent the Grievers from killing any of the other boys. At the end of the novel, he throws a knife at Thomas because he was under the influence of mind-control.

Gally Quotes in The Maze Runner

The The Maze Runner quotes below are all either spoken by Gally or refer to Gally. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Memory and Identity  Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Delacorte Press edition of The Maze Runner published in 2009.
Chapter 39 Quotes

“No one ever understood what I saw, what the Changing did to me! Don’t go back to the real world, Thomas! You don’t...want...to remember!”

Related Characters: Gally (speaker), Thomas
Related Symbols: The Changing
Page Number: 258
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Gally--previously, a bullying, antagonistic character--suddenly reappears to give Thomas some serious advice. Gally runs around, raving like a madman, yelling about how the Grievers will attack one Glader per night until everyone is dead. Gally, who's previously been rude and tough on Thomas, now tells Thomas to reject his memories--he might not like what he finds.

Gally's behavior reminds us that memory, while clearly important to the characters' identities, might not be a solution to their problems. On the contrary, memory can cause as many problems as it solves. Some characters, such as Alby, seem content to live without memories; i.e., to live in a perpetual present, blissfully ignorant of reality. Thomas, on the other hand, seems eager to reclaim his own memories--but Gally's warning suggests that he might want to rethink his goal, particularly since knowledge often brings pain as much as it brings hope.

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Gally Character Timeline in The Maze Runner

The timeline below shows where the character Gally appears in The Maze Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Stability and Order vs. Change and Chaos  Theme Icon
Hope Theme Icon
The older boy, who introduces himself as Gally, says that he’s the “real” leader in the Glade and that Thomas should call him... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...Chuck finds Thomas and hands him a sandwich. After having bad interactions with Alby and Gally, Thomas feels happy that he can rely on Chuck as a friend. When Thomas asks... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...inside. The boy inside starts to curse and Thomas realizes that Chuck must have scared Gally. Chuck runs off, but Gally comes outside and sees Thomas trying to get away. When... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...in the Homestead before the eleven Keepers. Thomas notices that one of the keepers is Gally, who he knows is going to vote against him. Minho is also there as Keeper... (full context)
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...be praised but also be minimally punished for breaking their number one rule. When it’s Gally’s turn to speak, he says that Thomas is a spy for the Creators because no... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...the Keepers, he’s the only one who has been inside the Maze except for Newt. Gally interrupts, saying that he’s been in the Maze, but Minho yells at him, saying that... (full context)
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...and ran off but Thomas stayed calm and risked his own life to protect Alby. Gally interrupts again, diminishing Thomas’ accomplishments by saying he was lucky. Minho yells at Gally, telling... (full context)
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Embarrassed by Minho’s insults, Gally threatens to break Minho’s neck. Minho pushes Gally to the ground and says that if... (full context)
Chapter 26
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After Gally leaves, Thomas feels fear that Gally wants him dead. Minho says they should throw Gally... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Chuck wakes Thomas the next morning. Chuck tells him that Gally has disappeared. Some of the Gladers think he went into the Maze, but Chuck thinks... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...hours of intense boredom, Chuck arrives with Thomas’ lunch. He says no one has found Gally yet but that Alby is up and around. (full context)
Chapter 32
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...swords, and spears. Minho says that they keep these weapons hidden so that people like Gally cannot get to them. At first, the weapons make Thomas excited, but then he realizes... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...they seem to get really close, the sounds dies away. Then a door opens, and Gally barges into the Homestead. (full context)
Chapter 39
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Raving like a madman, Gally says the Grievers will kill one person per night until everyone is dead. He screams... (full context)
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Gally then starts clawing at the walls, taking down the wood planks they used to barricade... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...think they’re going to find anything else. Minho says that he wouldn’t be surprised if Gally was right and they find that another Glader was taken. Feeling defeated, Minho says that... (full context)
Chapter 59
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She then tells the man to take off his hood. It’s Gally with tears streaming down his face. Minho angrily demands an explanation for what is going... (full context)
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Growing Up Theme Icon
...in front of the knife. As Thomas cradles Chuck in his arms, he wishes that Gally had attacked anyone but Chuck. Before dying, Chuck’s last words are “Find my mom. Tell... (full context)