The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson book report
The book is funny and witty, effortlessly matching old mythology and tradition with modern culture in a way that makes the book engrossing and unpredictable. There is talk of gods having affairs with mortals, and quite a bit of married gods having affairs with other gods. In the following book report, I will first introduce the plot of the story. Then, I will talk about the writing of the author and the strengths and weaknesses of the books. After that, I will talk about the main character and other major character in the books and talk about what I have learnt after reading.
At the end, I will share my overall response to the book and my recommendation. Percy Jackson, the main character, is 12 years old. He is a kid who lives with his single mother and is unsure of his dad’s identity. He has ADHD. He has a rep for getting in trouble. With help from his best friend Grover and his favourite teacher Mr.
Brunner, he finds out that there is a perfectly good explanation for all of it, that he’s not a bad kid, and that he comes by everything quite naturally. He is actually a half-blood of a demigod. His father is Posiedon, God of the Seas, and Percy has some control over water.
After a creepy math teacher transforms into a monster and tries to eat him, Percy’s friend Grover takes him to Camp Half-Blood. Soon after, he must go on a quest with Grover and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, to take back Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. On the basis of this short description, you can see that there are a lot of superficial similarities to the Potter books. “The Lightning Thief” is all a little Harry Potter in concept – an orphan, with supernatural powers, who has two friends (one brainy girl and one geeky sidekick), several envious rival students.
He goes to a special school and he is highly skilled at the school’s favorite sport, chariot racing. He is personally charged with a quest that, should he fail, will result in the ruin of the world. The author, Rick Riordan, spends the first half of the book exploring the nature of Camp Half-blood and the various demi-god kids, as well as dropping hints about Percy’s parentage. Although, given the number of times he makes water misbehave, you would think someone would have guessed. Fortunately the plot picks up about halfway through, when the whole matter of the bolt and thieving gods comes into play.
I think the author has done a great job. Rick Riordan almost seems to be teasing the audience with these similarities to Harry Potter. But he’s having fun with it, and his style and humor are refreshing, humorous, and quite different from Rowling’s. He gets to the point much faster. The action starts on page 1 and never stops! Riordan has a snappy fast-moving style, and he peppers the story with plenty of plot twists and monstrous action. And he has quite a sharp-edged sense of humor. The snarkiness is a bit annoying in the first chapter, but after that, he has produced some fun dialogue.
Also, he does a good job with the concept of gods and monster surviving over the center of the western world, as well as spooking some fun at the gods’ behavior. For example, Dionysius whining “Father loves to punish me. The first time, Prohibition. Ghastly! ” Besides, I found Percy rather annoying in the first couple chapters, but Riordan slowly evolves him from a rather bratty, rebellious kid to a reluctant hero. Annabeth is an excellent counterpart to Percy, smart and measured if rather haughty in attitude, while Grover is a likable little sidekick who is chewing his nails over the possibility of losing his job.
And the supporting cast of gods and demigods is pretty well-drawn, especially the paternal Chiron and embittered Luke. After reading this book, I appreciate to Percy’s courage. Although he is only twelve, he is powerful and strong. Percy Jackson has to protect himself and also his friends from the many monsters that dared to attack him. He tries his best to prevent a war between the gods and take back Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. It reminds me that we always suppose that we are too young to make some great accomplishments, but, actually, we can do it if we believe we can!
Even though the book doesn’t express its message obviously, through reading the story, I learn that we have to know about our weakness and strength. Also, we can’t finish something if there are only you. Just like the book, Percy defeats all the Greek monsters and prevents the war successfully with the help and support from his friends, Grover and Annabeth. We need our friend’s pleased help to overcome difficulties. All in all, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. The book is full of magic, and mystery, and adventure.
At first, I only began to read the stories because I had watched this book’s movie version at the cinema. The movie is marvelous. And to me, a book must be worth-seeing as it has to be good enough to put into a film. As I went farther along in the book, it became more exciting. I was constantly desired to read this book more and I found it hard to put down. It has so much going on. You could revolve your entire curriculum around for quite some time. I would immerse myself in completely.
In fact, I was in tears at the end of the book not because the ending was depressing which went deep into my heart. It leaves the door open for more adventures from Percy Jackson. Anyway, I like this book as it has a little bit of everything: danger, heroes, villains, action, mystery, and adventure. It’s funny sometimes, and scary sometimes, and powerful sometimes, and even sad sometimes, but it’s a story that will keep you turning the pages as fast as your eyes can read the words. It is a whole new and fun way of looking at the Greek myths. I highly recommend this book to all of you!
Greek Mythology Reflective Essay
Mythological Influence in Today’s Society – Reflective Essay I’ve always thought myths were irrelevant. Dead, even. Things that no one thought were more than just stories made up by old dead people when they were bored, without any real purpose. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Through analysing numerous parts of Greek mythology, watching Harry Potter, and then putting our knowledge together with the mythology photo essay, I have come to learn that myths are anything but dead in modern society.
They indeed have a very large impact on modern society.
They live in our western culture, lives, perspectives and ways of thinking, as well as names of companies, games, and other things. Among the vast amount of aspects of Greek mythology that have been integrated in our modern world, the name Pandora chosen for the jewellery company and books, such as “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, stand out the most to me. Throughout this unit, I have learned that very many companies’ names are derived from Greek mythology.
These include Hercules (Heracles), Poseidon Seafood, Amazon, Pandora, Medusa (the cement company), Nike, Odyssey Cruise Lines, Trident gum, and many others.
All of these companies have given me insight about why companies would choose these names, where they came from, and what they wanted their company to be like. Among these companies, Pandora stood out the most. On the surface, this name seemed to be always seemed like a unique, thoughtful name, even when I had no idea what the background to it was. Because this name seems to be mysterious and have a deeper meaning behind it, I came to like the company more and regard it as superior, with high quality products.
After digging down and finding the root of what the company’s visions are, I have discovered a whole new world below the surface, full of deeper meanings hidden behind a word. I think that these names, because of a semi-hidden deeper meaning, attract more customers, even if the customers don’t know what the origin of the name is. These companies become a part of our lives more and more. Because of Greek mythology, many companies’ profits have been impacted, as with these aspects in people’s lives today. Companies named after aspects of mythology are very influential compared to companies named otherwise.
Another way that Greek myths affect us is in books and movies. Certain parts of movies have always appealed to me, but I never knew why. Before this mythology unit, I just assumed there wasn’t a reason. Now, I see that some of the plots in books and movies are actually based on entire Greek myths. Also, there are some plots that don’t use the whole plotline, but they still use very evident patterns and archetypes. By watching Harry Potter, I have understood that there was a lot of research deep in the world of mythology in order to make these stories more interesting.
One of many examples of another movie including mythology would be “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”. In this mythology unit, we studied archetypes. Percy is the hero who has to defeat Luke, the destroyer, while Grover (protector) and Annabeth (companion) always stayed with him. Well-known Greek gods were also in the story. When I found archetypes in these stories, I realized that no matter how much time passes and how different societies are, there will be parts and archetypes that are the same in every society at every time. This sets almost a criteria that makes books more interesting.
Sometimes the author makes a conscious effort to incorporate mythology into the story to make it more interesting. However, sometimes mythology integrates itself into stories without the author realizing it, but nevertheless makes the story a lot more intriguing. Myths influence our stories, and stories influence our lives. Books and movies are very influential in modern society. In conclusion, myths have a large impact in today’s society. They are present in the names of companies, such as Pandora, having a background that we can understand only by delving into the deep world of myths.
Mythology is woven into stories, like “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”; subtle until identified, yet impossible to ignore once they are. I have learned so much about the impacts of myths in our world throughout this unit. Yet, I know that we have barely scratched the ice; we have explored only the tip of the iceberg. Greek mythology has so many impacts on us, but are so many more impacts that I haven’t yet come across. Modern society’s influences from Greek mythology are as alive as ever.
The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson the main character in The Lightning Thief,who is the son of Poseidon. Perseus Jackson a low esteemed person who,has Dyslexia and (ADHD); has been kicked out of of a boarding school…. again. When he got back,his mother suprised him with a vacation to Montauk,once he got there he was shocked to find Grover later on that evening knocking on his door. Grover is Percy’s best friend from the Yancy Academy (he also is a satyr and Percy’s protector).
He told his mother its time that Percy goes camp.
As they were driving along getting closer to there destination,his mother was explaining what was going on. Percy Jackson is a demigod,a person who is half human and half god. A couple of miles away they ran into trouble. A Minatour attacked him and took his mother but somehow killed the Minatour and took his horn. Percy barley got away and woke and woke up in Camp Half-Blood.
Camp Half-Blood is a safe place for demigods like Percy;it’s a place to train. On the second day there he started on training he played a game of capture the flag when Are’s kid’s attacked him.
Percy was wounded but magically healed himself after steeping into the water and Poseidon (god of the sea) claimed his child. A trident rose above his head. Percy then found out what was happening with the gods . It was between his father Poseidon and, uncle Zues and his other uncle hades whi is the god of the underworld. Zues Master Bolt has been stolen and Percy is to blame. If the bolt isn’t returned back to Zues by the summer solostice,a war between the gods will commendcausing, World War.
Chiron (a Centaurs and a trainer of hereos),believe’s that Hades took the bolt and sends,Percy, Annabeth and,Grover on a quest. Percy goes on the quest with Grover and his new friend Annabeth Chase daughter of Athena. Percy only has ten days to travel west to Los Angeles to get to the Underworld and return the bolt to Zues. Before he goes on his journey Luke gives Percy a pair of magic flying shoes to use on his expedition,but he told Grover to wear them instead.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is an amazing book (in my opinion) that was created by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed this book a lot because of all the detain that Mr. Riordan had put into the book and with all of the facts about Ancient Greek myths, I picked it out in the first place because I had became really interested in finding out about different cultures which included Greece . The main character, Percy Jackson, lives in New York city with his mother, Sally Jackson & his lazy step-father, Gabe Ugliano.
Later on in the story, Percy finds himself living in Camp Half-Blood with his best friend, Grover Underwood.
Camp Half-Blood is for children with Greek Godly parents. All children who go to the camp have ADHD & Dyslexia. The camp is on Long Island Sound and is funded by a strawberry farm that the camp takes care of. I think that the book is placed in the modern days.
You can figure it out because in the camp, you are forbidden from bringing any electronics, such as cell phones since it can easily attract monsters. One of the main events in the book is when Percy and his class are on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History.
As his history teacher, Mr. Brunner babbles on about the museum, Ms. Dodds (a teacher who came along) pulls Percy away from the group and into the Roman & Greek center. Just after entering the room (no one else is in there), Ms. Dodds turns into this hideous monster with glowing red eyes, wings & long fingers. Obviously, she wasn’t human. Ms. Dodds lunges at Percy (who was still confused and shocked) until Mr. Brunner comes running into the room. The history teacher throws a pen at Percy and out comes a sword that Mr. Brunner used in class during special events.
Percy kills Ms. Dodds after that (she turns into gold dust) and later returns to the school bus. Nobody in his class remembers Ms. Dodds & when Percy asked Grover, he looked very nervous before replying. Obviously, something was going on. A second major event is when Percy and his mom go to Montauk & stay in a cabin at the beach where his mother and father had met. Later at night, a hurricane is starting to form & Grover suddenly shows up with (as Percy describes it) “Shag carpet pants on” . Grover urges Percy and his mom to leave immediately &the three of them hop into Sally’s car.
Percy soon learns that Grover is actually a satyr though he had called him a “half-goat” at first which offended Grover. As their car speeds away from the cabin, a strike of lightening hits the car which makes the car swivel into a ditch giving them an image of a beast of some sort charging towards their car. The three of them escape the car and run (Though Grover was unconscious). The beast was actually a minotaur (half-man, half-bull) and it ‘kills’ Sally. Percy builds up his strength and pulls out it’s horn and stabs it, turning it into dust.
He soon passes out. That event gave Percy the urge to go rescue is mother from the Underworld. . Later in the story, Percy finds out who his father really is. The camp decides to play capture the flag. Percy is assigned to patrol a small creek by Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) & is suddenly attacked by a group of Ares children, Clarisse La Rue & her siblings. They came back for revenge because he had humiliated her and her siblings by shooting toilet water in their faces just as Clarisse was about to shove his face into the toilet.
Clarisse charges at Percy with her electric spear given to her as a gift and Percy stumbles into the creek. Instead of feeling weak, he suddenly feels a sudden surge of power go through his r his head. “Poseidon. . . Earth shaker, Storm binger, Father of horses, Hail Perseus Jackson. son of the Sea God. ” body. “But then something happened. The water seemed to wake my senses, as if I’d just had a bag of my mom’s double-espresso jelly beans” . Percy, suddenly feeling a lot of strength, fights back against Clarisse & her siblings until they are all defeated. Percy even snaps Clarisse’s spear in half.
Luke Castellan (son of Hermes) captures the flag for Percy’s team & Percy tries to step out of the water, suddenly feeling weak again. Suddenly, a “black hound the size of a rhino, with lava-red eyes and fangs like daggers” appears out of nowhere and attacks Percy, ripping through his armour. Chiron (Aka: Mr. Brunner and centaur) shoots several arrows at it and Percy staggers back into the water and an image of a trident appears ove Another main event is when Percy finds out who had stolen Zeus’ Master & Hades Helm of Darkness before returning to camp half-blood, Percy had gotten into fight with Ares, the God of War.
The war God had given Percy a backpack in the beginning of his quest & inside of it was Zeus’ bolt the entire time. Ares confesses that he stole the Helm of Darkness and Lightning Bolt from the original thief, planning on making a war between Hades & Zeus. Percy and Ares get into a fight & Percy eventually wins, earning the Helm of Darkness, A helmet of Hades that was stolen from him. Percy, Annabeth & Grover fly to New York from California to return the bolt to Mt. Olympus on the top of Empire State Building. Percy returns the lightning bolt alone while Annabeth & Grover go back to the camp.
After returning the bolt, Percy meets his father and who had acknowledged him as his son. Percy returns to Camp Half-Blood as a hero & at the end of summer, Luke Castellan confesses to Percy that he had stolen the bolt & helm before attempting to kill him with a scorpion. Luke runs away while Percy is saved by a group of wood nymphs . The main character is of course, Percy Jackson . He is described fairly tall, good looking with bright green eyes and jet black hair. Percy is introduced as a troubled twelve year old. His green eyes often remind his mother of his father. Percy is considered very troubled.
He gets irritated when called by his first name which is ‘Perseus’ and has been expelled from every single school that he had been to. Throughout the book, Percy becomes stronger in both physical and mental ways. He becomes more brave, confident, and learns that he is a natural leader. Percy is also very willing to risk his life for others. He showed that trait by journeying to the underworld to get his mother back. Percy hopes that he can bring back Zeus’ Master Bolt & get his mother back before it’s too late. Percy is described the protagonist in the book while the antagonist isn’t exactly shown until later in the book.
While Percy, Annabeth and Grover do the best they can while out on the quest, Luke Castellan was the unsuspecting villain. Luke always acted nice towards Percy, trying to get close. When he had given Percy flying shoes to help him in the quest, Luke had meant it to lead Percy to his death. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and I give it a nine out of ten. The book is filled with lots of adventure (there’s never a dull moment) comedy & things that people now a days would consider, ‘fake’ or ‘untrue’ even though it is very interesting.
I recommend this book to all ages but a bit more to people ages 10 to 12, even teenagers. I recommend it around that age because that’s around the age where you start to become more curious about things out there in the world. You start to become more open and realize what you really are interested in and Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is a great book to realize what types of book genre you’re interested in & it helps show you that there is always a hidden potential inside of you.
Hades in Media and Pop Culture in Modern Society
Hades can be found across multiple forms of media and pop culture in modern society. One popular form when the god is seen is in film. Some relatively recent and popular films where the god makes an appearance are Clash of the Titans (2010) and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Theif (2010). For me, my interest and love for Greek and Roman mythology started with the Percy Jackson books and movies. The series was the first ever series of book that I read while growing up and my favorite movies to watch.
That is why I have chosen to look at the Percy Jackson movie for this section. Hades plays a huge role in this movie as Percy Jackson much make the quest to find the lightning bolt in order to save his mother who was taken by Hades.
The first time that Hades makes an appearance in the movie is as a huge monster that comes from a fire. The whole camp of half-bloods is terrified.
Some run and hide while others are ready to fight. This can be easily explained by modern society because Hades is most often associated with or as the place that the dead go to. Most humans have a fear of death and in turn, fear Hades. However, in ancient times even with these possibly deadly associations, Hades was never feared as satanic or evil because death was believed to be a part of life. Unlike the ancient depictions of Hades, modern depictions show Hades as an evil and demonic figure. There is no doubt that this is a way that Hollywood plays off of modern perspectives in order to as more drama and flair to their movies.
Unlike some movies, such as Disney’s Hercules who has Hades looking like a Satan-like creature, Percy Jackson also presents Hades as more of a complex human. In the movie, Hades is fairly hot-headed and had a punk-rock look to him. He has long messy hair, a beard, and wears black and leather clothes with jewelry. He plays his cards in order to get what he wants and does have an aspect of trickery to him. He is clearly meant to be someone the audience is either scared or intimidated by. In the end, however, he does let Percy Jackson and his friends go with the lightning bolt. Something that was seen in the myth of Hercules’ and his 12 trials when Hades allows him to take Cerberus and return him.
One thing that does match up with the orginoal myths in the movie, is that Hades is clearly in love with Persephone when the two are seen together when Percy is in the underworld.
The modern Hollywood interpertation of Hades is mosy likely one that the ancient Greeks would not agree with soley on the fact that his attribution are mainly focused around death and evil which is not what they believed.