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What time period does the story take place in "The Lightning Thief?"

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bookworm1106 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM via web

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What time period does the story take place in "The Lightning Thief?"

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 29, 2008 at 2:41 PM (Answer #1)

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In “The Lightning Thief” Percy Jackson is twelve-years-old.  He is launched on “the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt.” Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.  This story is set in the 21st century.  We know this because of the setting and because Percy suffers from ADHD.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder didn’t really become a known syndrome until the late 20th and early 21stcentury.  Even though the author submerses Percy in a struggle with the "gods" and mythology the story is a modern retelling of mythology.

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akuhano | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Answer #2)

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This story takes place in modern time.  Around the 2000-2004 period is where it starts.

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