The Lightning Thief contains alot of symbolism. One of these symbols is the Lightning Bolt. The lightning bolt is a symbol of power. Lightning has a powerful presence and frightens many people. In the book Zeus needs his lightning bolt back so he can rule the gods without any dispute. Thus the lightning bolt represents his power. When his lightning bolt is stolen, turmoil starts at Mt. Olympus, showing his loss of power. If you stop and think about some of the things that Percy encounters, you can notice symbols, making this book interesting on many different levels.