What is the mood of Freak the Mighty?

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First we need to look at the definition of mood.  Only then can we continue to figure out what the mood is in Freak the Mighty.  Mood is the atmosphere in a novel and refers to the emotions stirred up within the reader.  This being said, I will admit this is not an easy question to answer.  Considering all of the aspects of Freak the Mighty, I would say that the book has a brooding mood overall.  Brooding means “showing deep unhappiness of thought” where many of the major plot points are “darkly menacing.” 

Max is the one telling the tale and he is continually brooding because of one main reason:  Max lacks self-confidence.  We can see this brooding mood even in the very first sentence of the novel.

I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while, and that’s the truth, the whole truth.

There is no doubt the mood word has to be negative.  The second word used here is “never.”  Max is showing how he doubts his intelligence, giving all of the...

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