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Freak the Mighty

At the beginning of Chapter 9, “Life Is Dangerous,” in Freak the Mighty, Max believes they are going on another quest or adventure - like normal. However, this journey, according to Max, was a lot...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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Kevin is interested in King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table because the knights were, in his view, the very first human versions of robots. He passionately narrates to Max that King...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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Max is the narrator in Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty and a self-professed struggling learner. He has a learning disability and has been in remedial classes up until the summer he meets...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018, 12:03 am (UTC)

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Even a very close reading of Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty does not reveal a specific time period in which the novel takes place. The reader must infer when it takes place based on the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017, 3:15 am (UTC)

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Kevin and Max are two kids who bond and become close friends as a result of the fact that they are both disabled. The first thing to be noted in a comparison between the two, however, is that their...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020, 5:58 am (UTC)

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In Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick's protagonist, Maxwell (Max) Kane, opens the novel telling readers exactly what he thinks of himself: I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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There are a number of scenes in the film version which don't exist in the original book. For instance, in the movie "The Mighty" there are two basketball scenes, neither of which feature in Freak...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 7:55 am (UTC)

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Maxwell Kane narrates Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty. It's the story of how a learning-disabled and socially awkward boy becomes friends with a genius who has a physical disability....

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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Loretta Lee calls Freak's dad a magician. Her remark is mean-spirited, as she explains, "He must be a magician, because as soon as he heard the magic words 'birth defect,' he disappeared"....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2009, 6:13 am (UTC)

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In chapter six, Max and Kevin (Freak) attend the local Fourth of July festivities to watch the fireworks display, and they narrowly avoid Blade and his gang before the show begins. When the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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On the night before Christmas (in Chapter 15), Max had heard his grandparents arguing about a gun, and he figured it must have something to do with his father, "Killer" Kane. Grim and Gram warned...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" means that putting separate parts together to make a whole creates something greater. This is exactly what Max and Kevin discover they can do...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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This book is filled with many events that most readers would classify as "important." I'll provide some of those events in the following list: Kevin (Freak) moves in next door to Max. This is...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018, 12:25 am (UTC)

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Max's first impression of Kevin when he moves in next door is that he is pretty sure Kevin wants him to die! Max has vague memories of Kevin from day care. Then, Kevin was known as the robot boy...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016, 2:00 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question varies depending on where you are in the novel Freak the Mighty. For example, at the beginning of the story we simply know that Kenny Kane is in jail where he has earned...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016, 11:00 am (UTC)

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There could be several reasons why Freak made up the story regarding his bionic body. After he dies, Max is clearly distraught, and even slightly hurt, that Freak lied to him. This is where the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found starting in chapter 16. Killer Kane (Max's dad) shows up and secretly takes Max away from Gram and Grim. The first place that Max and his father go to is...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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Max is definitely a dynamic character. When readers meet him, he is quite withdrawn and antisocial. Max simply wants to spend time alone in his "down under" kingdom, and he only engages with his...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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This is an especially interesting question because, in reality, King Arthur does not have much to do with robotics at all. (In King Arthur’s time, robotics was not even a science yet.) However,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016, 9:34 am (UTC)

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Killer Kane has already made contact with Iggy when he and Max arrive at the Testaments "seeking shelter." Kane has apparently warned Iggy about there being no alcohol around since he is trying out...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013, 11:29 am (UTC)

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Max recalls meeting Freak in the day care as a young child. Max also remembers Freak pretending to be a robot on the playground of the day care. Years pass...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2017, 9:08 am (UTC)

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Chapter 11 in Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty is entitled "The Damsel of Distress," which implies that, rather than someone who needs rescuing, the damsel is the cause of distress. The...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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Early on in the novel, we learn that Max's bedroom is in the basement of Grim and Gram's house. In fact, Max himself says, "... but do I complain about the crummy panelling, or the rug that smells...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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Max is absolutely terrified of testifying against his father, Kenny “Killer” Kane in court. Max’s father has already killed Max’s mother and then kidnapped Max (on Christmas Eve, no less)...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016, 11:19 am (UTC)

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What a fun project! The best list would be one that you put together yourself with the different themes from Freak the Mighty such as friendship, overcoming obstacles, growing up, and...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016, 2:39 am (UTC)

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There are several places in Rodman Philbrick’s novel Freak the Mighty where the physical appearance of the narrator, Maxwell Kane, is mentioned. The first mention is in the chapter entitled...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018, 12:40 am (UTC)

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Kevin is a hero in some very distinct ways. One clear way in which Kevin is a hero is that he saves Max. It is Kevin who risks his own life to save the life of his friend. When Max is in trouble...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2014, 5:29 pm (UTC)

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Loretta, despite her alcoholism and subservience to Iggy, a gang boss, is sympathetic towards Max because of his low station in life. At first, she is only concerned with keeping herself safe first...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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In Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty, Kenny Kane becomes known as Killer Kane when he murders his wife by strangling her to death. But even before that, Kenny had made Annie's life a...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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Max's father, "Killer" Kane, is a terrifying individual who was imprisoned prior to the events of the novel for supposedly killing Max's mother. After he gets out on parole, he comes searching for...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019, 4:44 pm (UTC)

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Max's father, Kenny "Killer" Kane, went to prison shortly after Max's birth. Kenny was imprisoned for the murder of Max's mother, Annie, and Max has spent his entire life metaphorically looking...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016, 3:41 am (UTC)

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Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty is one of my all- time favorite books! The story is told through the eyes of the narrator, Maxwell Kane. Kevin and his mom move in next door to Max and his...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2017, 2:16 am (UTC)

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Loretta Lee is injured after attempting to free Max from the ropes his father, "Killer Kane," tied him up with. She finally unties Max and frees him, only to be choked by Kane when he returns. Max...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019, 12:36 am (UTC)

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In chapter 10 of Freak the Mighty, Max is having trouble falling asleep. He is anxious and excited because he and Freak are preparing to go on a quest at three in the morning. Earlier that day,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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Max's parents are obviously absent in the beginning of the narrative of Freak the Mighty as Max lives with his grandparents, whom Max, as narrator, refers to them as "Grim" and "Gram." Later in the...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2014, 6:01 am (UTC)

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There are actually more than three problems in this novel; however, since you are required to name only three, I will focus upon the main issues: the birth defect Kevin has, the fight between Tony...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016, 9:25 am (UTC)

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Pleased to be celebrating his actual birthday as well as the one-year anniversary of him and Max becoming "Freak the Mighty," Kevin gets a brand-new computer. This is exactly what he wanted because...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Chapter 7 is when Max and Kevin realize that they can work together for the benefit of both their sakes. Tony D. is a boy who threatens them with a knife after the fireworks on Independence Day....

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 4:54 pm (UTC)

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In reality, Kevin calls his mother "The Fair Guinevere"—a reference to the beautiful and legendary wife of King Arthur. Kevin is obsessed with the tale of King Arthur because he relates to Arthur's...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2017, 3:59 am (UTC)

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Max and Kevin are as different as two people can be, yet the qualities that one lacks, the other has. When the two of them form a friendship, they form a bond that creates the persona they both...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016, 1:07 am (UTC)

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The climax of a story is the highest point of tension. There is no doubt that the climax of Freak the Mighty happens after Max is kidnapped by his father, Kenny “Killer” Kane, is chained to a...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016, 9:42 am (UTC)

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In chapter 8 of Freak the Mighty, Max describes how Kevin's presence dramatically changes his summer. Kevin challenges Max to leave his comfort zone by exploring the neighborhood with him. Kevin is...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017, 9:36 am (UTC)

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The quest in Chapter 10 is the retrieval of the “treasure” from the sewer. The quest is similar to any quest of King Arthur and his knights because it is a noble goal to help a “lady in distress”...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 11:07 am (UTC)

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Gram, Max's maternal grandmother, is basically a good woman who always tries to do what's best for her grandson. As Max is not like other children, Gram often finds herself worrying, which may be...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020, 12:30 pm (UTC)

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Max gives Freak his present on Christmas Eve. Freak and his mother, the Fair Gwen, have supper with Max and his grandparents. After the meal, the group sit(s) around like you do, admiring the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009, 11:23 am (UTC)

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Things are looking pretty desperate for Max in chapter 20 of Freak the Mighty. His psychotic dad, the appropriately-named Killer Kane, has escaped prison and now has his son at his mercy. Max has...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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Although he was originally sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Kenneth "Kenny" David Kane, better known as Killer Kane, is released from prison on parole after serving just...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021, 6:10 pm (UTC)

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At the end of chapter 5, Max is crying. He's not crying because he's sad, but because he's blissfully happy. Max has just returned home from dinner with Kevin and Gwen. “The Fair Gwen” makes a very...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2021, 11:04 am (UTC)

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In Freak the Mighty, Max and Kevin go to a public middle school. The school is located in their hometown, which is a fictionalized version of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. However, the actual location...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021, 3:08 am (UTC)

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Max Kane's internal conflict concerns his identity and self-esteem. As the son of Killer Kane, Max struggles to overcome his negative reputation and develop his own identity. Max even recognizes...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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