In Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, how does handling conflict help Max and Kevin's friendship?  

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Whenever people face the same trials or adversity together, a bond is bound to form. This is no different for Max and Kevin in Philbrick's Freak the Mighty . The first conflict they face together is on the night of the Fourth of July when Tony D. and his gang...

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Whenever people face the same trials or adversity together, a bond is bound to form. This is no different for Max and Kevin in Philbrick's Freak the Mighty. The first conflict they face together is on the night of the Fourth of July when Tony D. and his gang threaten to hurt them. This is when Max and Kevin discover that if they work together, they can help each other face the difficulties of life. When Max lifts Kevin up on his shoulders, for example, they are both able to run away from the bullies. If Kevin does all of the thinking, and directs Max on what to do next, then they are armed with a strategy rather than with just physical strength. Even though, on this occasion, Max and Freak run into the pond and get stuck, they do avoid the bullies and place themselves in a position to be saved by the cops. Once the two boys realize what a great team they can make together, they feel successful and more prepared to face any other conflicts they may face in the future. Max and Kevin's friendship becomes stronger as other conflicts arise. Not only that, but their appreciation and love for each other also grow. With each conflict the two boys resolve together, their friendship grows beyond anything they could have imagined before.

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