Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan
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What is the climax of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief?

The climax of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief occurs when Percy discovers the lightning bolt in his backpack and then fights Ares. This is the climax because it is the most dramatic point of the story and the rest of the action after it is basically resolution.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympian: The Lightning Thief is a story that follows a fairly typical heroic journey. Readers are introduced to a character, Percy, who is anything but heroic in stature or confidence. He is given a call to action, special powers, and knowledgeable companions to help him develop into a hero.

With all of those pieces in place, it is time for Percy to begin stepping into his hero role. This means that the story begins telling readers about a variety of increasingly difficult and scary rising actions. Percy's quest has him fighting monsters like Medusa. He and his friends nearly lose their memories in an enchanted Las Vegas casino, and they are nearly stretched to death. Percy then has to descend into the Underworld, and this is where the climax begins.

Percy and Hades accuse each other of having the master bolt, and the master bolt unexpectedly appears in Percy's backpack during his conversation with Hades. Hades is justifiably upset; Percy is lucky to escape his wrath. He, Annabeth, and Grover then meet Ares on the Santa Monica beach. It turns out that Ares stole the master bolt. Percy and Ares have a battle. Percy wins, and the story moves into the falling actions of Percy returning the helm of darkness to Hades and meeting Poseidon and Zeus.

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