The Thin Executioner
Timeline by Coleman Wylie
The Journey Begins
This event is Jebel's call to adventure that will change his life forever. When he starts this journey he is fiercely arrogant and prideful, which was normal in his homeland, but elsewhere he may not be able to be that way.
The picture shows a man who is about to journey into lands unknown with no civilization. This corresponds to Jebel's quest, which will have him traveling to very uncivilized places.
This event is a major point in Jebel's journey, a point that completely changes his views and beliefs. Once proud and arrogant, he now feels what it's like to be a slave; his outlook on life takes a significant change.
The picture shows a man chained because he is subject to the cruelties of others. Jebel is forced to face this injustice and he will never be able to think of a slave the same way again.
This point marks a major development for Jebel. His views and morals have begun to change as a result of the many perils in his quest. It is a very serious change compared to the boy who first started the journey.
The picture shows two hands shaking, which is a sign of mutual respect. Jebel and Tel Hesani have finally achieved this respect with one another, which is a large milestone in Jebel's development.
This is the duo's first experience of savagery in the form of cold-blooded murderers. These vicious people have a large part in shaping Jebel's views on killing.
The photo shows an illustration of the child savages from "Lord of the Flies", where boys became savages. This relates to the people Jebel was forced to travel with, vicious savages with no regard for life.
This is the climax of the book, Jebel's development has come full circle, and he is unable to kill Tel Hesani even though earlier in the story he hated and despised him. Jebel is now a new person with extraordinary powers to boot.
The symbol in the picture is the symbol of transformation in alchemy. It corresponds to Jebel's transformation from a proud and arrogant boy to a caring and good man.
Jebel comes to his home with his new powers and morals and effectively stops the injustice of mercilessly killing all criminals present in his culture. Because of this most of the people in his society hate him (save for a select few) but Jebel has been able to put his powers to use for the greater good.
The picture shows an executioner's axe, and Jebel, for the duration of the book, covets the position of town executioner, which is a morally grey job. Fortunately, Jebel manages to turn the profession of being execution into a means for the great good.