Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mother to son

 Mother to son was a poem I enjoyed because it didn't have any simple literature, there for it forced you to think deeply about the message of this poem. My theories were that the mother was  describing her life to the son. " Life for me ain't been no crystal stair", this probably means that the mothers life was no beautiful nor a easy stairway to higher success. this theory is also supported by the sentences " it had tacks in it, and boards torn up and places with no carpet on the floor-bare." These are rugid things.
       Yet the mother is also telling her son in my theory not to give up. " Don't you set down those stairs, don't you fall now." The mother also tells the son its gonna be harder in the end, if he does give up.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

       Freak the Mighty was one of my most appriecated childhood books for several reasons. Freak the Mighty consists  of many different lesson and morales, that are taught throughout the book. I found out about the book when my 5th grade teacher read it to us outloud. It definitley caught my attention for another reason, its ending. The ending is part of why the book is so amazing, its why Freak the Mighty isnt just another clishay.
       One of the lessons that appear in Freak the mighty, explains the importance of both physical strength and mental strength but  the book also implies that when both strengths are combined a human is capable of doing almost anything. For example when Freak and Max are being chased by a gang, Freak uses is mental capabilietes to think of a way to escape. He comes up with a solution to jump in the pond where there is mud. Max then runs to the pond and jumps in, the gang follows until their leader almost gets sucked in the mud. In the end both Max and Freak escape.
       Recently I had researched a movie based on Freak the Mighty called the Mighty. I did this mainly to see what the characters of the book looked like through the eyes of the directer. When I saw Max his description from the book fit him accuratley, yet in the movie he looked much more vulgar and tough. Even so this tought me a lesson, dont judge a person by their image. Most people who have seen Max in the movie would immeaditly identify him as a possible redneck. The truth is Max is a gentle,sensative, caring person. For example, The first time Max spots Freak in years, Max could of ignored him and gone on with is erans. Instead he walks into Freak's back yard and retreives a toy bird that Freak was trying to get down from a tree. Not only that but throughout the book Max carries Freak on his shoulders as well as bears with Freak through hard times.
       Most of the childhood books I have ever read in in my life time, have always contianed happy endings. Now of course this isnt a bad thing, cause who doesnt like happy endings? Sometimes you also need happy endings and not heavy ones since it might break a young childs heart. Even so happy endings can get boring at times and thats what made Freak the mighty such an original book, its ending. In the end of Freak the Mighty, when Max is being held hostage by his father, Freak brakes a window to the basement of the house and sprays finger juice into Max's father eye's. This gives Max enough time to escape. Even after this happy event, Freak shortly after dies. This puts Max under a seige of grief. This ending is so very perfect, because it has an even balance of a happy and sad ending. This is one of the reasons I appreciated Freak the Mighty so much.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

       One of the things that I researched that had connections with Freak The mighty, was the film, The mighty based on the book.
       I had already visualized the characters of Freak the Mighty through my imagination but now I was curious of seeing the characters through the directers eye's. I later discovered that Max fit his description from the book quete accuratley but yet Max looked slightly more rough and vulgar. Even so this taught me a lesson, that many people become aquanted with everyday... Never judge a book by its cover.
       Most people who would see Max in the film, would imeaditly identify him as a human who could hurt and possibly even kill someone. You see... The truth is Max is big but an extremely gentle and sensative creature, even if its hard to believe. For example, for the first time in several years Max sees Freak in the yard, trying to retreive a toy bird. Max could of just ignored Freak and gone on with his erans but he made a choice to get Freak's bird down from the tree. All through the book Max lets Freak ride on his shoulders, due to Freak's physical problems, as well as back him up in his critical situations.
       Who knows, maybe the directer of The Mighty tried to imply the same message.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You need both

       One of the many special things about Freak The Mighty, are the several morales and symbols that this book contians. Like its lessons about physical and mental strength.
       One of those many lessons explain that both physical strength and mental strength are important but when combined, people can accomplish and succeed at almost anything. For example, when Freak and Max are being chased by a gang of redneck thugs, Freak gets an idea to run into the nearby pond, so Max runs into the pond and the gang of rednecks follow until their leader almost downs and they have to pull him out. The symbole that represents this lesson is the picture where Freak is sitting on Max's shoulders and even though max is tall already he is taller with Freak on his shoulders and even though Freak is small, on Max's  shoulders he is high up.