Select a character and describe how his/her personality is revealed through their words and actions.
I think that Grover’s (supporting character) personality has been shown through numerous actions and decisions so far in the book. He often doubts himself I find and can get very nervous and/or scared. To be honest, at the first of the book he seemed like a fairly timid character, though as the book continued he had several acts of bravery. For example he told Percy his goal in life, was to search for the lost leader of satyrs “Pan”. It showed he had great courage and wanted to pursue a mission that no other satyr came back alive from. Like Percy, through his actions he seemed very loyal and determined to keep him (Percy) safe but was also his friend along the way. Over all I found Grover to be a lovable character that was brave, a little timid from time to time, but still a vital persona to the plot.
Write a quote from your novel that connects to your life. What does it mean in the context of the text? How does it connect to your life? Why is it significant?
“Who are you” he mused. “Well that’s a question we all want answered isn’t it?” -Chiron. This is one of the quotes I found. There wasn’t very many thought provoking lines in this particular novel and at first sight not really this one either. But at second glance I looked a little deeper. In the context, the first speaker, literally meant “who are you” as in in Greek mythology terms, but I don’t think that’s what the response was talking about. I find that really at this age (13) or even a little older, it connects with what a good number of people are going through. The questions as “Who am I?” or “What do I want to be?” Honestly I have the same questions, I’m not outgoing, I don’t really have any passions, so I felt that the dialogue, even though it wasn’t that much of a quote, was significant in my personal opinion.
Describe the event that you believe has had the greatest effect on the development of the plot. Explain.
At the very beginning of the book, about page 12, an event happened that I think helped a lot with the plot. It was really where the Greek mythology started to come alive. Percy (the main character) and his friend Grover (supporting character) were sitting next to the wishing fountain, minding their own business when one of their schoolmates starts to bother them. Suddenly, something came over Percy and the water came alive and the next thing he knew Nancy (the classmate) was in the fountain, completely sodden. In my opinion, I think it helps with the plot because he continues with powers with water and *SPOILER ALERT* his father turns out to be Poseidon, the Sea God.
Based on what you have read so far, make predictions about what will happen next. Identify the details from the test that support your predictions.
So far in The Lightning Thief, I have figured out that the main character, Percy Jackson is being accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt and has to return it by the summer solstice which is in ten days. From what I have already read so far, I’m pretty sure, like a lot of books, all is going to turn out fine. My primary prediction is that Percy and his two friends Annabeth and Grover will make it on time for summer solstice and succeed to find the lightning bolt and return it safely. Although it may be obvious (as it is in most books) I still love reading about all the bumps in the roads and the different monsters Percy must face in order to clear his and his father’s name.
Is this text living up to your expectations? Explain using specific details.
In my opinion, I think the book is amazing, it has a good plot, great suspense, but also contains some comic relief so it never gets too intense. I expected it to be very good just by reading the awards it has won that includes: A New York Times Notable of 2005, A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year and A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. I had really been wanting to read it for a while, I was excited when I found out I was reading this book, but I got even more thrilled when it went beyond my expectations. I’m not really a big fan of Greek Mythology and sometimes it can get a tad confusing but, 99% of the time, it explains well the terms and stories. To conclude, the book so far, has an interesting plot, great detail and I will defiantly be continuing with the rest of the series shortly after I finish The Lightning Thief.