Power of One Notes Themes: Power of One -originality pg. 157 -legend of one pg. 289 -stirring pg. 246 Adapting -change as a constant pg. 142 -camouflage pg. 207 Racism -downfall of men pg. 265 -brutality p. 215 Examine the tone pg. 260 Themes: Adaptation Beating the System Power of One Racism Finding Acceptance - Finds meaning for his life boxing - Doc - represents first confidante - first person to respect Peekay as an individual - People in Peekay's life - all overcome discrimination of some kind and beat the system Power of one - characters in Peekay's life help him face a particular problem - give guidance, inspiration, and home Is the Story Realistic? Peekay: - Coincidence - the text is structured around coincidences with characters - Peekay just happens to get what he needs - "Tadpole Angel" - Peekay is young (tadpole) - called an angel because he gets tobacco to the prisoners - "Tadpole" shows relationship to Doc (Frog) - Peekay as mythic symbol of hope of uniting African tribes - An epic hero? -Lack of real name makes him a symbolic character Realistic: - Transportation by train - Boarding school - Mom as seamstress, but a Father Price character - religious - Peekay's failure at piano - WWII context - Historical context is realistic, but individual events are exaggerated Peekay - A Mythic Hero? Hero's Journey Call to Action X Supernatural Guide X The Return Crossing the _________________________ Threshold X Initiation Call to Action: Death of Grandpa Chook Judge leaves Meets Hoppie - learning to defend oneself Supernatural Guide: Medicine man Sidekicks/Mentors: Grandpa Chook Hoppie Doc Morrie Crossing the Threshold: His first boxing match and win - stepping into a new world Initiation tests: Uniting the tribes -Peekay as the spirit of South Africa -Learns race does not define a person's character Learning to gamble -Has his own money = independence Boxing Rules -Not learning to street fight -First match at prep. school defines him in a new setting S. Goldman -Box Nanny's son - becomes the myth of "Tadpole Angel" Selected for Sinjun's -Different from what headmaster wanted to be Lasting through Doc's death -Surviving Crystal Cave -Using Doc's knowledge Ultimate Test: Not to become camouflage; fighting Judge The Return: Go back to the beginning Teach others lessons learned -Reward: Getting something in return for the hero's journey Peekay's Return - Reward - Oxford Fighting Judge -as revenge? -fight as a symbol: English vs. Boer, when the English win (Peekay), symbolizes hope for the end of apartheid. -proves himself -facing and winning against Judge returns Peekay's Power of One -he doesn't have camouflage -"first with the head, than with the heart" comes up again Return - a culmination of all lessons Peekay learned from Hoppie, Grandpa Chook, Judge, Doc, Morrie, etc.
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