What is the theme of the novel Freak the Mighty with at least two or more details from the novel to develop and support the theme.

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, two themes are evident in the story.  The theme of love and friendship is supported by the teaming up of two very unlikely friends, a very smart but physically very small and vulnerable Kevin with a normal size but angry Max.  The second theme is almost part of the first in that the second theme is about transformation.  Both boys change in the novel.  Max, through Kevin's gifts and love for him, changes to see that his grandparents do love him, that he is worthy of love, and that his physical growth in size mirrors his interior growth of love and acceptance.   Kevin changes as he works to make Max his friend. Kevin convinces Max that he is smart and that he can be much more than he thinks.  When Kevin's body gives out on him, leading to his death, Max is sad but understands now that people do love him and he can go on with his life on his own without Kevin with the support of the people around him.