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The Lightning Thief By: Rick Riordan

posted Apr 27, 2012 22:25:56 by yemma
Pages:375
Synopsis:Percy Jackson has just found out that he is a half-blood. Now he lives at Camp Half-Blood.Percy's father is Poseidon, the sea god. He has been accused of stealing Zeus' master lightening bolt and now him and his friends have to find it and return it to Zeus in 10 days.
Genre: Fiction
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yemma said May 04, 2012 23:46:02
How does Percy feel about being a half-blood?

Percy does not like being a half-blood because he has to put up with mean campers and he feels out of place. He feels out of place because most of the campers have been at Camp Half-Blood for a few years and know their way around, also because he doesn't know who his father is. When Percy and the campers from cabin 11 compete in capture the flag, he fights three of the meanest people at the camp and beats them all. After cabin 11 captures the flag, a monster attacks Percy. If it weren't for Chiron shooting it, Percy would've been dead. Percy goes into the creek after the monster attacks him and a trident appears over his head, symbolizing that his dad is Poseidon. After that, Percy started getting more mad than confused. He was mad at his mother and his friend, Grover, for not telling him. He didn't understand that it was for his own good. That if he knew, he could have gotten in much more trouble.

Percy received a quest to find Zeus' master bolt and return it to him in 10 days. Him and his two friends travel to the location of the entrance of Olympus, Los Angeles, but run into a few problems. They get into a fight with three Furies-servers of Hades- on a bus, then the bus gets engulfed in flames after Percy and his friends get out. Percy is starting to get everything sorted out in his head, but he still does not like being a half-blood.
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yemma said May 11, 2012 00:10:47
What are the conflicts in the book? Give examples.

The first conflict that I have noticed in the book is Person vs Nature. An example of this is, "For instance, when you're walking away from a bus that's just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightening, and it's raining on top of everything, most people might think that's just really bad luck; when when you're a half-blood, you understand that some divine force really is trying to mess up your day." In this sentence, Percy and his friends have just been attacked by three Furies on a bus. Right after they get out of the bus it blew up, along with the Furies, by a lightening bolt. This has to do with nature because the gods control nature. The god of the Underworld, Hades, sent out the Furies to attack them. What Percy and his friends figure out later is that they actually cam to get the master lightening bolt from them, but they do not have it. Zeus controls the sky, so that would mean he released the lightening onto the bus.

The second type of conflict is Person vs Self. An example of this from the book is, "She tried to boost our morale by suggesting clever strategies for getting into the Land of the Dead, but my heart wasn't in it." This sentence is about when they are going to Los Angeles, the location of the Underworld, even though Percy is not sure if he thinks it is there. One of his friends on the quest named Annabeth persuades Percy that the Underworld is the answer. Later, Percy is visited by a Nereid, a spirit of the sea. She tells him to go with his gut. They keep heading towards the Underworld, though.
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yemma said May 19, 2012 02:58:16
What are the types of figurative language used in the book? Give examples.

First, some types of figurative language include simile, metaphor, idiom, personification, and onomatopoeia. The first type of figurative language that I found in the book was personification. The example that I found was,"It was like looking at the ocean: some days, you could tell what mood it was in. Most days, though, unreadable, mysterious." This shows personification because oceans can't have emotions; they're not like humans. The reader will understand more when you give something a trait. By saying this about the ocean, the reader most likely feel how Percy felt about his dad's expression.

The second type of figurative language that I was able to find in the book was simile. The example I got from the book is,"I was holding back the tide by force of will, but tension was building, like carbonation behind a cork." A simile is sort of like a comparison. When you open a soda, bubbles appear-carbonation, and when a huge wave comes, it wipes out a lot of stuff. The bubbles sometimes overflow, and that's what would happen to the ocean. In this part of the book, Percy was fighting Ares, the war god. Percy won, and Ares gave him Hades' helm of Darkness. He had it returned to Hades, the god of the Underworld, and returned the Master Bolt to Zeus, the lord of the sky.
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