Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

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What is the theme of chapter 7 in The Lightning Thief?

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The major theme throughout chapter 7 in Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief is the idea of identity. Having entered the camp, Percy is now learning much more about the world in which he lives, as well as about the identities of the other children that live there and about himself. Prior to this time, he thought that he was a normal teenager, but he's beginning to learn that he is, in fact, the son of a Greek God, and that all the other children here are demigods as well.

He finally begins to feel like he has a place in the world and is growing closer to understanding his identity and his home as he explores the camp and makes new friends in the experience.

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In chapter 7, Percy Jackson learns more about the children at the camp and their parents. He speaks with the other children, especially Annabeth, and starts to get an idea of how the camp serves different purposes for different kids. Some stay without visits for years, apparently for their own protection. In a discussion with Luke, Percy learns more about the Oracle as it relates to him and Annabeth's quest.

The primary theme concerns home. Not understanding where he is or why, Percy had tried to learn about the camp while (unsuccessfully) avoiding bullies. He was resistant and homesick. From speaking with Annabeth, he begins to understand that the camp is home now.

A second theme is identity. Percy had not known of his Olympian parentage. He starts to see how his and the other campers' identities are uniquely shaped by their parents and how the influence differs by which god they are.

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