What opinion do you think Max has of himself as the story begins in Freak the Mighty?
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 borrow his for a while, and that's the truth, the whole truth.
This is the first time readers come in contact with Max, but it is already quite obvious that he does not think very highly of himself. In the same paragraph, Max admits that Kevin Avery (otherwise known as Freak), his best friend, does most of the talking when required. Max does speak, but it is with his "fists and feet." It seems that Max, at least in the opening of the novel, does not recognize the power of words. By physically attacking his rivals and foes, Max only uses physical violence. Therefore, while he recognizes his ability to change his circumstances by physically attacking those who confront him, he does not seem as sure of himself when it comes to a battle of wits or words. In allowing Kevin to speak on his behalf, Max demonstrates that he thinks himself unworthy of an intellectual battle with others.
Max also thinks he is a bad person, because he reminds people of his father (this is a bad thing, because his father murdered his mother). As people make references to how he physically resembles his father, Max begins to think he may turn out like his father. This lowers Max's self-esteem. Even his grandparents are wary of him, because they think he might do something to them at night. All of this also plays into how Max feels about himself.