Overcoming fear = Courage
By: Isabel Fuentes - Periods: 4-5
Development of Theme Analysis:
When Freak and Max become friends, they go on quests and work together to solve problems. It helps both of them to overcome their fears and have courage which demonstrates the theme.
Reflection and Application of Theme
The lion is a symbol appropriate for this story and theme because a lion is a courageous animal. It is also strong and you have to be strong enough to overcome your fears and have courage. Just like the characters in the book the lion is mighty and can solve many conflicts.
Freak the Mighty
At the beginning of the story, Max acted dumb and thought he was a butthead. Freak has a disability so it was hard to walk everywhere. When they joined forces, Max was able to be smart and Freak was able to ride on Max's shoulders. Max overcame his fear and stood up to his dad and Freak's life had a good ending because he was friends with Max.
When Max goes to the hospital the first time, Freak gives him the empty book for him to write about their adventures and that is how Freak the Mighty came to be. The second time Max goes to the hospital, he finds out that Freak died and has a tantrum. After he finds out how Freak died, he has to get over and accept that Freak is gone.
Freak the Mighty
Freak the Mighty - By: Rodman Philbrick
One night Max gets kidnapped by his murdering dad who was in prison. He is afraid so he doesn't fight back. His dad ties him up. His dad wants to run away with him using the help of Iggy and Loretta Lee. The Lee's decide to help Max instead. While Iggy distracts Kenny, Max's dad, Loretta tries to free Max, but Kenny finds her and almost chokes Loretta to death before Max finally stands up to his dad and tries to fight him. Then, Freak comes with a squirt gun which he pretends has chemicals and squirts it in Kenny's eyes. Max's father ends up going to jail.
Later, during Freak's birthday, he has a seizure and has to go to the hospital. A few days later, Max goes to visit him. Freak gives him an empty book so that Max can write down their adventures. The next day, Max sneaks out to visit Freak again. When he gets to the hospital he finds out Freak died. He has a tantrum. Then the doctor tells him that his heart got to big for his body and that the bionic body thing wasn't real.
In the end, the Fair Gwen (Freak's mom) moves to California and Max has to get over Freak's death. Eventually, Max writes the book about Freak the Mighty.