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Where does the story Freak the Mighty take place?

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brandonissick | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2010 at 6:51 AM via web

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Where does the story Freak the Mighty take place?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 30, 2010 at 7:20 AM (Answer #1)

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The geographical setting of Freak the Mighty is Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The most important settings are what Rodman Philbrick describes as social settings and imaginary settings. The social setting are of two types. The most imporatant type is domestic social settings, where people live. These settings are symbolic of the metaphoically crippled people and families who dwell there. They are violent, ugly, dirty and unwholesome. The second type is the social instutional settings, like hospitals and schools. These settings have more order and cleanliness and wholesome life but they are almost equally violent; violence may erupt at any moment toward the diseased and disabled as they are taunted, teased and mercilessly ridiculed. The third setting is the imaginary setting. The boys can turn moments of pain and despair and fear into adventure in wonderlands. It is through these imaginary settings that the boys find a means to make their lives livable.

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