The Lightning Thief Themes & Motifs

Rick Riordan
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Identity and Coming of Age

A big part of the book is identity and coming of age. This is shown throughout Percy’s journey where he has to grow up and accept his fate as a hero. Throughout the book, Percy learns more about himself and the world around him, which further helps to shape who he is and makes him into the hero he needs to be by the end of the book.

His identity is fully in question at the beginning of the book, as the reader learns. He knows, and finally accepts that he is the son of a god, but as he doesn't know 'which' god, everything he's ever done, liked, been drawn to, comes into question as he tries to figure out which god might be his father. More to the point, he worries that he will not be 'claimed'. He has...

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