Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

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What is the theme of each chapter in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief?

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Chapter 1: The theme of the first chapter is awakening. Percy Jackson's powers awaken in a serious way when one of his teachers—who is actually a fury—attacks him.

Chapter 2: The theme of the second chapter is confusion. Many things happen around Percy that he doesn't completely understand. For example, everyone claims they don't remember Mrs. Dodds.

Chapter 3: The theme of the third chapter is family. You find out more about Percy's mother and his life with her.

Chapter 4: The theme of the fourth chapter is transition. Percy is finally thrust into the world of the Greek gods, loses his mother, and appears at Camp Half-Blood.

Chapter 5: The theme of this chapter is adjustment. Percy has to be introduced to the fact that the Greek gods are alive and that he is connected to them.

Chapter 6: This chapter's theme is courage. Percy stands up to Clarisse with his powers and through this act he makes friends with Annabeth.

Chapter 7: The theme of this chapter is information. Percy learns about why Camp Half-Blood exists and what he'll have to do there.

Chapter 8: The theme of chapter eight is paternity. Percy confirms that his father is Poseidon. The image of Poseidon appears above him after he was injured.

Chapter 9: The theme of chapter nine is determination. Percy realizes he'll have to make a quest to track down the master bolt so that there's no war between Poseidon and Zeus. He knows that he'll be in danger but chooses to do it anyway.

Chapter 10: The theme of chapter ten is conflict. Percy, Annabeth and Grover have to fight a variety of battles on their quest to the Underworld.

Chapter 11: The theme of this chapter is adaptation. They lose everything they brought on their quest but find ways to soldier on. Because they continue to go forward, they're able to find out how to get to the Underworld.

Chapter 12: The theme of this chapter is knowledge. Percy and his companions realize that the monsters that keep engaging them are acting strangely. Percy's dreams help shed light on the situation.

Chapter 13: The theme of this chapter is courage. Percy is willing to dive hundreds of feet into a river to get to a sword that can help him on his journey.

Chapter 14: The theme of this chapter is assistance. Percy has to accept assistance from the water spirit and his father. She guides him on his quest and explains where he needs to go next.

Chapter 15: The theme of this chapter is trickery. The trio goes on a journey to find something for Ares but find that the errand was a trick.

Chapter 16: The theme of this chapter is hope. Percy finds out from Ares that Percy's mother is still alive and being held hostage.

Chapter 17: The theme of chapter 17 is judgement. Percy passes judgement on his father for not coming to help him in person. The water spirit tells him not to be harsh on Poseidon because he doesn't understand their culture. Gods can't give direct assistance to their half-blood children.

Chapter 18: The theme of this chapter is cleverness. Annabeth uses her intelligence to get past Cerberus by figuring out that he'd enjoy playing fetch. It distracts him so they can get through.

Chapter 19: The theme of this chapter is revelation. Percy realizes that he has the master bolt and that it was given to him by Ares. He also realizes the Gods had been fooled by Ares.

Chapter 20: The theme of this chapter is heroism. Percy and Ares fight over the bolt, the helm, and the war Ares tried to ignite between the Gods. After Percy defeats him, the fury Percy defeated at the beginning of the book tells him that he has to grow up and be a true hero.

Chapter 21: The theme of this chapter is decision. Percy presents himself to the gods who tell him that he'll have to make a choice at home.

Chapter 22: The theme of this chapter is belonging. Percy goes back to Camp Half-Blood and feels like he's home there. It's a place that was strange at first but now it's comforting and he knows he belongs there. Still, at the end of the summer, he decides to go home. He wants to live his life in both places—the real world and the world of the Greek gods.

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