The Hero In Rodman Philbrick's Freak The Mighty

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Have you ever wondered what a hero looks like? In the novel “Freak The Mighty” Rodman Philbrick demonstrates that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. In the story there are two boys named Kevin and Max and they are best friends. Max is the son of an assumed killer named Kenny Kane. Kevin is a boy who was born with a birth defect. They both have had a tough time in life, and they befriend each other. I think that Kevin is the hero in the book Freak The Mighty because he helped Max with his reading, in school, befriending him, rescuing, and saving Max. Even though Max was different, Kevin accepted his differences and became his friend. In school, Max was always different and people picked on him and that made Max think he would…show more content…
Max struggled in school Before Kevin helped him, because he thought he was dumb. Kevin was Max’s tutor and helped Max with his reading. He told Max that each word was a piece of a picture, while a sentence was the whole picture. This gave Max confidence in his own ability to be a better reader. Kevin also helped Max so he could stay in his regular classes. “Freak and I get to be in the same classes. He made the Fair Gwen go in and see all these people at the school, because I wasn’t supposed to be in regular classes.” (Philbrick 75) Kevin tutored Max in his reading and that also helped him stay in his regular classes. Even once Kevin is gone, Max has the confidence to write down the story as a tribute to their friendship. Max went from thinking that he did not have a brain until Kevin let him borrow his, to realizing he had more of a brain than he had ever known. Kevin may have been small, but he was intelligent and rescued and saved Max. Kevin guided Max away from Tony D. Max was big, but without Kevin he wouldn’t of known where to go and Tony D. would of probably stabbed him. “What do we do now? I ask… Wait! Freak says. The cavalry is coming, can’t you hear that bugle? Officers! Freak

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