Freak the Mighty
Dost thou want to go on an adventure? Come hither. Yes, you thee. Prepare thyself for the epic adventures of two misfortuned lads, who come together to become one giant hero.
Freak the Mighty Summary
Maxwell Kane, the main character and narrator of the story, is a young boy with a learning disability and low self-esteem, often referring to himself as a butthead. He lives with his grandfather, Grim, and grandmother, Gram in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. People are afraid of him because he is described as being freakishly large, but mostly because he looks like his father, Kenny "Killer" Kane, a convicted murderer. While in Middle School a boy Kevin, who is nicknamed Freak, moves in next door. Kevin has Morquio syndrome a disease in which his outer body is unable to grow, but other parts of the body are still able to like the heart. As a result, Kevin wears leg braces, uses crutches, and is freakishly small, which makes him an easy target to get bullied. Kevin is described as a genius for his age and size and is cuttingly sarcastic. He carries a dictionary with him, often describing himself as being a robot, and loves the tales of King Arthur, to the extent of calling his mother Gwen "The Fair Gwen if Air/Guinevere."
When Max initially approaches Freak he acts with hostility, but after Max saves Kevin's toy ornithopter from a tree they start to become friends. On the Fourth of July, they go to see the fireworks show and are attacked by an older boy, Tony "Blade" D and his gang, who chases them because Freak calls him a cretin. Despite Max's lack of knowledge and Freaks disability, they escape by acting on Freak's orders, in which he gets the attention of a nearby police car, who drives off Blade's gang, and takes the boys home. After this incident, Kevin starts riding on Max's shoulders and call themselves "Freak the Mighty". Max was never really able to reado r write, but Freak began to teach him often acting as Max's brain, while Max provided the physical capabilities that Freak could never achieve on his own. Together, they would walk around town pretending to be on quests, Max would do the walking and Freak would describe a grandiose quest they were on that made it seem real. Some quests include going to the hospital which Freak claims has a secret department called the "Bionics Department" which has had his brain CAT scanned to be fitted into a bionic body. Another quest involved returning a woman's purse to its rightful owner Loretta, the wife of an infamous motorcycle gang leader Lee who even knew Max's dad.
Grim revals to Max that his father has been released from prison on parole, which scares Max. Throughout the story, it has been slowly revealed that Max's father killed his mother by strangling her, and Max was there to witness it. On Christmas Eve, Max is woken up by his father, Killer Kane, who has come to take him to train him to be his assistant. After Max is kidnapped by his father, he takes Max to Iggy Lee's apartment in the Testaments.
Killer Kane is even bigger than Max and acts in avery threarening, intimidating manner. On Christmas morning he leaves Max alone, tied up in a room in an old abandoned apartment. Loretta, disgusted at the way Killer Kane treats his child, tries to help him escape, but Killer Kane catches her and starts to strangle her. Max attempts to stop him and reveals that he witnessed his father kill his mother in the same fashion. Kane gives up on training Max to be his obediant assistant and tries to murder him by strangling him, like he to to Max's mother, but Freak arrives just in time and saves Max by squirting Kane with a squirt gun in the eye which he claims is filled with sulfuric acid when in fact, it is filled with soap, vinegar, and curry powder. The police are waiting outside, and Killer Kane is taken back to prison and has to serve his original time plus ten years.
After having a seizure on his birthday, Freak is admitted into the hospital, where he gives Max a blank book telling him to write the story of Freak the Mighty in it. Max returns to the hosptial the next day to find that Freak diedbecause his heart got too big for his body. Dr. Spivak, Kevin's doctor, reveals that Freak knew he was going to have a very short life, but he told Max he was going to get a bionic body because it would give Max hope. Freaks mother moves awat, with a new man she is in love with, and Max misses Freak's funeral, staying in his room for months. One day, Max sees Loretta, who tells him "Doing nothing's a drag kid", so Max writes all of the adventures he and Freak had, in honor of his best friend.
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RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision,
DOK Level 1 question : When do you think Max shows the greatest courage in the book? When does Kevin show the greatest courage? Support your answer
DOK Level 2 question : How does their friendship help both Kevin and Max overcome conflicts? Level 2 because it requires the students to comprehend the conflict in the story, comprehend the development of the characters throughout the book, and comprehend the impact the characters have on each other throughout the book.
DOK Level 3 question : Analyze author compare different characters in the book to people and things from King Arthur and the Round Table? Use direct evidence from the book to support your answer. Level 3 because it requires a historical understanding, and to be able to compare that knowledge to the characters and themes in this book, and to make a correlation between the two.
DOK Level 4: Analyze the differences and similarities in the way Freak the Mighty the book, Freak the Mighty the Play, and Freak the Mighty the movie display the themes of friendship, reality vs myth, and memories? How do the mediums in which they are presented have an effect on the way in which the themes were conveyed? Level 4 question because it requires a broad analysis and understanding of the themes between three different mediums of the book and to compare and contrast how the themes are portrayed in each one. It then requires students to understand how the medium in which it is presented has an impact on the way a story may be told.