Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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What are some traits of Annabeth Chase in Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief?

Some character traits of Annabeth Chase are strength, bravery, intelligence, and resourcefulness. To a large extent, Annabeth has inherited these characteristics from her mother, the Greek goddess Athena.

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Annabeth is Athena’s daughter, and as such, it’s no surprise that her list of traits includes being an exceptional planner and forward-thinker. She also shares her mother’s passion for construction and building, which is evidenced by her fascination with the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

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Annabeth is Athena’s daughter, and as such, it’s no surprise that her list of traits includes being an exceptional planner and forward-thinker. She also shares her mother’s passion for construction and building, which is evidenced by her fascination with the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Annabeth is attractive, and her physical traits include grey eyes that Percy describes as being “startling gray” and curly blonde hair.

Annabeth is particularly intelligent and knows exactly what’s what in their world. It is Annabeth who tells Percy the truth about his father being a god. She proves that she knows more about him than he thinks by betting that Percy has been kicked out of many schools and that he has trouble reading, since “[his] mind is hardwired for ancient Greek.” When Annabeth starts teaching him Ancient Greek, Percy discovers that she is right. This leads us to another of Annabeth’s traits: she is a good teacher, and after just a couple of lessons, Percy is starting to read Ancient Greek texts.

We learn early on that Annabeth is a logical thinker. Instead of being intimidated when Percy displays his powers against Clarisse in the bathroom, she immediately realizes that he would be a great teammate in a game of Capture the Flag.

Annabeth’s interest in getting her own quest—and her determination that she is not too young for one—tells us that she is ambitious and driven. She is confident in her abilities and later tells Percy that she is “the best person to keep [him] from messing up.”

While waiting for the bus in New York, Percy learns that Annabeth has great coordination and dexterity, which makes her an “unbelievable” Hacky Sack player.

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Annabeth Chase is very much a positive female role model, someone to whom young girls can instinctively look up to. Smart, perceptive, and endlessly resourceful, this is a young woman possessed of some very admirable qualities indeed.

Annabeth is street smart, in that she knows how to handle herself, and book smart, in that she knows a lot of things from reading books. Her extensive knowledge of architecture is a great example of this.

But above all, Annabeth is strong, physically and mentally. These are the qualities that get her through some very difficult situations, such as when she battles the Furies on a Greyhound bus. A potentially sticky situation like this requires both kinds of strength, and fortunately, Annabeth has them in abundance.

Annabeth's also a great planner. Yet again, this is an important characteristic to have when you're stuck in a jam and threatened by hideous, bloodthirsty creatures from ancient mythology. At Camp Half-Blood, Annabeth was captain of her Capture-the-Flag team, and it's not hard to see why.

One shouldn't really surprised that Annabeth has all these remarkable qualities when one considers that her mother is Athena, the ancient Greek goddess. The goddess of wisdom, Athena regularly displayed the kind of qualities inherited by her daughter.

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Like other characters in the Percy Jackson series, Annabeth possesses a lot of the same traits as her godly parent—in this case, the goddess Athena. Athena is the Hellenic goddess of wisdom and warfare. As such, Annabeth is both intelligent and a natural strategist.

Annabeth is also loyal. Her aloofness and generally cold manner toward Percy in the beginning displays her loyalty to her mother. She dislikes Percy at first for no reason other than that their godly parents have, historically, never liked each other. She later agrees to work with Percy only when Percy asks her if Athena and Poseidon ever laid aside their differences, and Annabeth is forced to concede that they did so during the invention of the chariot.

Another evidence of Annabeth's loyalty is when, on the truck transporting animals to Vegas that Ares provides as the questing team's transportation, Annabeth tells Percy that even if the theft of Zeus's master bolt causes another war similar to the Trojan War and their godly parents end up on opposite sides, she will defend Percy regardless, because she now considers Percy her friend.

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In the first book of Rick Riordan's series "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," titled The Lightening Thief, as daughter of Athena, Annabeth Chase is characterized as intelligent, brave, and a planner.

Athena is the Greek goddess of both war strategy and wisdom, and Annabeth feels she must mirror her mother's attributes. Athena was also a competitor of Poseidon's, god of the sea; therefore, in the beginning of the novel, when Annabeth first meets Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, Annabeth feels that she must be Percy's competitor as well. However, they soon become devoted friends.

In mirroring her mother, Annabeth displays her intelligence by knowing much about the gods and mythology and being able to answer all of Percy's questions. She is also an excellent strategist, and together, she and Percy escape many tribulations, even managing to sever Medusa's head.

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