Sebastian LiPuma , Connor Tomlinson, Tim Cira. Character Analysis. Judge is a huge Afrikaans who traumatizes 5 year old Peekay at his first boarding school Judge makes P eekay his personal slave “prisoner of war” Swastika tattoo on his arm . The Judge. librarian in Barberton
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Judge is a huge Afrikaans who traumatizes 5 year old Peekay at his first boarding school
Judge makes Peekay his personal slave “prisoner of war”
Swastika tattoo on his armThe Judge
a kind and generous woman who started the mysterious Sandwich Fund which gathers food, tobacco, money, and letters for black prisoners and their families.
has a weekly column in the local newspaper called "Clippings from a Cultured Garden.”
becomes great friends with Peekay and with Doc
Loves classical music & Doc's concerts.Mrs. Boxall
She has a nervous breakdown when Peekay was young
She is gone for a long period of time (years) which Peekay calls “the nervous breakdown place”
She goes back and moves in with Peekay and Grandpa in Barberton
spends most of her time eagerly trying to convert people to ChristianityPeekay’s Mother
spends most of his time caring to his rose garden for his long-dead English wife
smokes on his pipe a lot
He always tells Peekay irrelevant stories when Peekay goes to him for advice.
He is racist but has respect for Inkosi-Inkosikazi since they cured him of his gall stones
He helps Peekay convince his mother to let him teach the black inmates at the Barberton prisonGranpa
She Sits next to Peekay during Hoppie's boxing match against Jackhammer Smit in Gravelotte
She gets stuck in the train compartment
She dies when the train reached the town of Kaapmuiden after she stuffed her face with food
Big Hettie teaches Peekay the importance of pride and courageBig hettie
Themes relating to the novel
- Camouflage and Survival
- Coexistence of Magic and Logic
- Relationship between Boxing and Fighting
Becoming the Welterweight champion is Peekay’s single most important goal held closest to his heart.Boxing also helped Peekay to realize his meaning of life and aided his self doubt.
Fighting in Peekay’s point of view is an event that would allow him to erase the torment of his past and unleash the pain he has held in for so long .
By: Abi Gardner & Bridget LaPorte
The hero, uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware, is introduced sympathetically so the audience can identify with the situation or dilemma. The hero is shown against a background of environment, heredity, and personal history. Some kind of polarity in the hero’s life is pulling in different directions and causing stress.
Something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within, so the hero must face the beginnings of change.
Pisskopis introduced mainly sympathetically , started to earn respect from his peers for holding the record for the most beatings in his school, on the other hand he’s still physically and verbally beat down and tormented. This is also when he realizes his love for boxing.
The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly. Alternately, another character may express the uncertainty and danger ahead
Peekay puts on a tough exterior, when in reality he is easily broken down and hurt.
The hero comes across a seasoned traveler of the worlds who gives him or her training, equipment, or advice that will help on the journey. Or the hero reaches within to a source of courage and wisdom.
Peekay meets HoppieGroenewald, who Peekayuses to compare lives with. He is introduced as Peekaysmentor and uses the boxing plot as “mentors in education”.
At the end of Act One, the hero commits to leaving the Ordinary World and entering a new region or condition with unfamiliar rules and values.
Peekay is being forced to grow up very fast, causing him to adapt to new settings of life, with very few memories from his past.
The hero is tested and sorts out allegiances in the Special World.
Jackhammer Smit’s loss to Hoppie in the boxing ring taught Hoppie’s mentor (Peekay) the idea that small can still prevail over large, with the understanding that Jackhammer is one of the toughest boxers to beat.
The hero and newfound allies prepare for the major challenge in the Special world.
When Peekay gets off the train at Barberton and suddenly realizes there is no one he knows awaiting his arrival, he sits and wait for his nanny to pick him up. When his mother picks him up in the car with a pastor, he realizes that his mother wants him to become more Christian again.
Near the middle of the story, the hero enters a central space in the Special World and confronts death or faces his or her greatest fear. Out of the moment of death comes a new life.
During the Eastern Transvaal boxing championship Peekay is put up against his three biggest rivals, Du Toit, Geldunhuis, and Killer Koon. This opposes as the biggest challenge to Peekay in the book, and he even used the title when he says “The power of one was stirring inside him”, helping him remember all of his mentors and help along the way.
The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death. There may be celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.
Geel Piet is the man who Peekay becomes friends with while in jail, they make a deal for Geel to help Peekay become a boxer then soon join the Barberton Blues, a boxing team. When one of the other guys on the team gets sick Peekay fills in for him, gaining his reward for being on the team.
About three-fourths of the way through the story, the hero is driven to complete the adventure, leaving the Special World to be sure the treasure is brought home. Often a chase scene signals the urgency and danger of the mission
Peekay ends up winning the championship for Geelbut after awhile he has to go back to normal life and return to prison. He goes back to reality after his triumph.
At the climax, the hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home. He or she is purified by a last sacrifice, another moment of death and rebirth, but on a higher and more complete level. By the hero’s action, the polarities that were in conflict at the beginning are finally resolved.
Every so often on holidays Peekay would return to where his prison was located and he doesn’t enjoy it as much as his new small town life. He’s noticed that people are leaving the prison more accomplished such as being more literate.
The hero returns home or continues the journey, bearing some element of the treasure that has the power to transform the world as the hero has been transformed.
When being home Peekay returns to see his rival Judge. To Peekay, winning the world championship boxing match was a great enough fight of it’s own to where he doesn’t have to put up with the pitiful fights of his old rivals.