The Maze Runner

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The Cliff Symbol Icon
In contrast to the chaos that the Maze appears to represent, the Glade appears to symbolize order, stability, and security. Every boy has a role in the workforce, ensuring the continued production of food as well as the maintenance of shelter in the Glade. As Newt says, this order prevents the boys from succumbing to the fear of living near the Maze. As such, the Glade represents the human ability to construct well functioning societies despite extreme circumstances.
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The Cliff Symbol Timeline in The Maze Runner

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Cliff appears in The Maze Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Memory and Identity  Theme Icon
Growing Up Theme Icon
...upstairs, saying that if he sees him again before tomorrow, he’ll throw him off the Cliff. Thomas runs out of the building and, once outside, shudders at the thought of the... (full context)
Chapter 7
Memory and Identity  Theme Icon
Stability and Order vs. Change and Chaos  Theme Icon
...If anyone else goes inside, they’ll be killed by the Grievers or thrown off the Cliff by the Gladers as punishment for breaking the rule. Thomas feels a deep almost instinctual... (full context)
Chapter 21
Growing Up Theme Icon
Hope Theme Icon
Thomas follows Minho to the Cliff, where the Maze appears to end abruptly. The path looks over a seemingly infinite expanse... (full context)
Stability and Order vs. Change and Chaos  Theme Icon
Hope Theme Icon
...the Griever together, kicking it in its center so that it too disappears off the Cliff. (full context)
Chapter 34
Stability and Order vs. Change and Chaos  Theme Icon
...order to see where the Grievers go during the day. The Griever runs to the Cliff and jumps, but instead of falling, it just disappears into thin air. (full context)
Chapter 35
Stability and Order vs. Change and Chaos  Theme Icon
...that Grievers must be leaving the Maze by jumping through some sort portal beyond the Cliff. To test Minho’s theory, they throw rocks off the Cliff. They all fall normally, but... (full context)
Chapter 55
Hope Theme Icon
...than courage. When they arrive at the corner that leads onto the passageway to the Cliff, they hear the sound of Grievers. Minho tells everyone to stop running and scouts ahead,... (full context)
Chapter 56
Hope Theme Icon
...taken by one of them. After these close-calls, they make it the edge of the Cliff. (full context)