At the same, the order and stability inside the Glade may only conceal a dark and systemized savagery. Although the laws in the Glade attempt to prevent violence, they also create cruel and overly violent punishments. Alby, the Gladers’ leader, maintains order with fear, often threatening the boys with the death penalty. His use of fear to control the Gladers becomes most overt when Alby has Ben banished. Although Ben attempted to murder Thomas, he did so during a state of mental distress caused by the Changing. Even after Ben repents and asks for mercy, Alby stills banishes Ben to the Maze, effectively sentencing him to death. Although Alby feels that such harsh punishments are necessary for ensuring order, the extreme violence of this act and the fact that many of the boys seem to enjoy watching Ben get banished suggest that beneath the Glade’s veneer of order and security is actually a somewhat cruel and brutal society.
The Changing Quotes in The Maze Runner
The The Maze Runner quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Changing. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Delacorte Press edition of The Maze Runner published in 2009.).
Chapter 23 Quotes
“Are they changed because they want to go back to their old life, or is it because they’re so depressed at realizing their old life was no better than what we have now?”
Chapter 39 Quotes
The Changing Symbol Timeline in The Maze Runner
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Changing appears in The Maze Runner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...collar around Ben’s neck. Ben pleads that he only tried to kill Thomas because the Changing made him crazy. Alby pays no attention and, in a ceremonial and authoritative voice, decrees... (full context)
...says that no one has ever tried to tell them what they remembered from the Changing. Newt suggest that something must be preventing them from talking about their memories and that... (full context)