What are Max's initial thoughts about Freak in Freak the Mighty?

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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 for his leg braces and funny noises; and Max was known as Kicker for all the damage he did to the other children.  Max had not seen Kevin for years when he sees Kevin on move-in day.  He is shocked to see a tiny boy ordering around the movers with his crutches:

. . . there's this weird-looking little dude, he's got a normal sized head, but the rest of him is shorter than a yardstick and kind of twisted in a way that means he can't stand up straight and makes his chest puff out, and he's waving his crutches around and yelling up at the movers.

Even though Max tries to be sneaky and keep from being spotted--he is not only shocked to see a friend from day care days, but also he is intrigued by Kevin's beautiful mother--he manages to make a commotion because of his clumsiness.  When Kevin spots him and yells for Max to identify himself, Max panics and runs away.  The abnormally huge Max is genuinely afraid of the abnormally small Kevin:

You have to see the look in his eye. Man, that little dude really hates me. He wants me to die.

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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.

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What opinion do you think Max has of himself as the story begins in Freak the Mighty?  

Max has an incredibly low opinion of himself, and that is evident right from the first few chapters.  He repeatedly calls himself a "butthead" in those first two chapters.  He also thinks that he is a moron and completely incapable of any kind of constructive thinking.  

Not that I have any ideas. My brain is vacant, okay?

That's really low self esteem.  He thinks his brain is completely vacant.  On top of that, he thinks he is odd looking.  But to make matters worse, he's not only odd looking, but he looks like his father.  That's bad, because his father murdered Max's mom.  

Another clue to Max's low self esteem is "The Down Under."  Max lives in the basement of his grandparents' house.  It's got crummy wood paneling everywhere, is dark, and all around not a pretty place.  But Max likes it down there, because it accurately reflects his vision of himself.  

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