The Smallest Kind of Leader

Simon Cannon, pd. 4-5

Analysis and Development of Theme

In "Freak the Mighty," by Rodman Philbrick, the theme is developed by Kevin and Max facing the conflict together as Freak the Mighty. The conflict is created by all the things that they face together. "We're Freak the Mighty! We're nine feet tall, in case you haven't noticed." Without the setting, (a relatively small town by a millpond,) the characters wouldn't have anything to interact with as part of the conflict. The conflict shapes the plot, which in turn drives the theme to new ideas.

Reflection and Application of Theme

I agree with the theme that even if you are small, you can still do great things. I think the theme was well developed, by the characters in particular. Also, it was changing and forming right up until the end of the book. The story was interesting, and still built up to the big theme reveal. This theme is relevant because in this day and age, people are made fun of because of differences in their clothing, appearance, size, or any random thing that crosses peoples minds.

Write a Summary of the Text

In "Freak the Mighty", Maxwell Kane is a gargantuan learning disabled teenage boy who lives in a small pond-side town with his grandparents. Over the summer, he meets a tiny, genius, physically disabled kid named Kevin (Freak). They immediately become friends. Thus Freak the Mighty is created. Throughout the entire summer before eighth grade, they go on quests, have adventures, and have fun all summer. One day, Kevin guides Max through town, down several blocks, and to the hospital. He tells Max about a secret bionics unit, to give him a new body, and Max believes him. Then there's school. Months pass, as Kevin helps Max, and Max helps Kevin. Winter comes. Freak and Max run into Loretta Lee and Iggy Lee . . . As well as Maxwell's father, Killer Kane.