Philbrick did not only write a meaningful book about hope and friendship but also made it a realistic, adventure novel. His novel entertained me but also made think about what hope truly is. Hope isn’t when when you think oh I’m too lazy to study but I hope I do alright on the test. Hope is when something bad happens to you and all you can do is think about when everything will be alright. Max started out the book being lonely and hopeless.
This can be seen through the recurring use of “retard” or “retarded.” Janko differs from Alan, because he is an artificial fool. While he is never seen as intelligent throughout the story, he is still capable of growth as he changes from a failing student to a passing student. He struggles with memorization and tests, but he still has the capability of doing well in both of those things. The highlight of the story is when Janko finally remembers the Miranda Rights and reads it to his arrestee, because he could not remember these rights in the beginning of the story. Janko differs from Alan, because Alan never shows any form of growth in the story.
Jimmy is often alone and superman is the one thing in his life that he truly loves. When a bad situation arises, jimmy uses superman to help him move past it which gives him comfort. Superman is often used to fill a void in jimmy’s life which is seen throughout the novel. Jimmy grows up as a boy without his father which is very similar to the superhero genre. Jimmy is the face of the common boy who grew up with no none and had to find their own way.
No one should ever judge another based on appearance because, who knows, they might end up being your best friend. In Freak the Mighty, a realistic fiction story written by Rodman Philbrick, two boys who couldn’t be more different than each other begin an unbreakable friendship. Max, who is very large and has learning disabilities, meets Kevin, or Freak, who is highly intelligent, but has Morquio Syndrome, which causes him to be small. Together, they are Freak the Mighty, and they try to help others at all times, including each other. There are two themes that can be taken away from this novel.
This is incredibly similar to how Icarus has also done something never experienced by man before as well. However, Victor’s set of wax wings come in the form of the ability to give life, and if it was used responsibly and with caution, this ability could have become an awe inspiring milestone for humanity. However, like Icarus, Victor is carless. Victor does not consider whether or not he could handle creating a life that he would be responsible for, and that becomes the root of his ruin. Despite the countless days spent reanimating the cadaver, Victor never once considered he might find his own work abhorrent.
In contrast, Walter Mitty in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," by James Thurber is an example of an anti-hero. Mitty was a hero in his mind only. Walter Mitty spent most of his adult life daydreaming; he felt trapped in his world, by his unfulfilling job and nagging wife. In his daydreams, Mitty is the stereotypical hero: intellectual and saved the lives of those around him. He is considered an anti-hero because in real life he was unwilling to express how he felt and got lost between his dreams and reality.
When distilling him down, it is near impossible to go any deeper than the obvious points. Danny Saunders possesses a brilliant mind, and often feels passionately about his beliefs, but he is constantly searching for the solution to the pain in his life and the lives of others. The Chosen makes it quite clear that Danny has a brilliant mind. So brilliant, in fact that Reuven’s father calls him “a phenomenon.” “Once in a generation is a mind born like that.” (110) Danny’s photographic memory and instant recall allow him to have a
Unstoppable, written by Nick Vujicic, is an auto-biography talking about his experience as a disabled man. Born without limbs, Nick Vujicic did not let this get to him in his pursuit of happiness. Despite having these disabilities, he still manages to make the most of his time on earth and still manages to smile about it. He never let him being unique from everyone else prevent him from doing things other people have the opportunity to do so; such as surfing or skydiving. This book starts off with his daily life, how successful and busy he’s become, but soon enough he talks about the emotional crisis he is forced to live through on a daily basis.
He even willing states that he would kill his loved ones. Huck has experienced loss in hid life and, but never really learned how to deal with it. As the story goes on however, we see Huck beginning to care more, not only about death but about the overall well being and happiness of other people. Huck shows great maturation in a very short period of time, with really nobody to look up to. Huck has never been taught how to deAL WITH his emotions, much less those of grief, so for much of his life, huck simply didn’t deal with the emotions.
“Closing your eyes isn 't going to change anything. Nothing 's going to disappear just because you can 't see what 's going on” ~Haruki Marukami. In This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff, Jack experiences desire and desperation for self recreation,promises made/promises broken, and escapism through his imagination. Majority of Jacks lies often seem real to him so he believes in his lies for self-recreation. Jack is promised many gifts all the way from his childhood to teenage years and he does not receive them.