Charles Comerate Mr. Hoover English 1 13 May 2012 Character analyses of The Power of One In the novel The Power of One Peekay is a very dramatic character. In this story Peekay is the protagonist; he also has many people around him that help him get through his life. The two most important ones are Doc, a German pianist who teaches Peekay the piano and about science. The other is Peekay’s friend Morrie, a Jewish kid who is going to the same prep school as Peekay and the same college. Together, Peekay and Morrie make their time at school worth it by making money in many of Morrie’s scams and bets.
There is one other person who is important to getting Peekay started on his journey to become the Welterweight champion of the world and to find the power of one and that is Hoppie, he is the train conductor on the train that takes Peekay from his boarding school to his grandpas house in the city. During their trip together Hoppie teaches Peekay a phrase that becomes his mantra for the rest of his life and that is “first with the head then with the heart”. Peekay displays many positive traits throughout the novel. He is very loving to his family and friends.
He also never lets the odds stop him from succeeding and meeting his goals this also lead him into some trouble but it is never too much for him to handle. For example in the end of the book he is faced with his childhood enemy and is forced to fight him and even though the “Judge” is two to three times bigger than Peekay, he does not allow that to make him afraid and he is able to overcome his enemy. The thing that gives Peekay the most trouble is his need to make everyone around him, whether it is a friend, a family member, or even one of the Africans that think he is a great chief, happy and proud.
He also wants to make it possible for them to live their dreams through him. The only other trait that leads Peekay into trouble is his need to be independent of any and every one. An example of this trouble is when he does not get the scholarship that he needs to be able to go to Oxford. His friend Morrie offers to give him a loan until Peekay can pay him back but Peekay turns him down and goes to work in the mines to make enough money to go to Oxford. This is where he meets his childhood enemy, the “Judge” who tries to kill Peekay. Peekay’s core goal in his life is to become theWelterweight Champion of the world.
This goal was once again because of the time Peekay spent with Hoppie, who gave him the idea that one day Peekay would be the Welterweight Champion of the world one day. To realize this dream, he is willing to sacrifice everything such as his life, his education, and his money for lessons in boxing. For Peekay, his life would be over and have no meaning if he does not meet this dream. His actions fit this goal. An example of this is when he works in a very dangerous place in the mines to make enough money to be able to pay the trainer he wants to go to when he gets to Oxford.
At first in boarding school, Peekay’s actions of helping the “Judge” are just to get himself out of the torture and beating from the “Judge and Jury”. After this time in his life, almost all of his actions are genuine, like when he takes care of Doc’s house and cactus garden while Doc is in prison. He is not doing this to make Doc like him. He is doing this because he truly loves and cares for Doc and wants to help him. Also, when Peekay has to fight this other African kid and Peekay wins, he calls him his brother because his nanny was this kid’s mom so they shared, in some ways, the same mom.
This shows his comradeship, because he could have just beaten the guy and left but he decided to extend a hand of friendship. Peekay is very respectful when it comes to interactions with the people around him. For example, when talking to his grandfather, he knows that after asking a question he must wait for his grandfather to light and to start to smoke his pipe before he will answer the question. He also knows that his grandfather will sometimes go off on a tangent when answering the question. This is exactly how I would expect him to act to his grandfather during the time of the novel.
The only time that Peekay treats someone as his subordinate is during the last fight with the “Judge” because even though the “Judge” is physically bigger than Peekay he knows how to fight better and Peekay is mentally stronger and smarter than the “Judge”. At the end of the novel, Peekay has found what he calls the power of one, or the power that every person has inside them. He also becomes sure of what he wants to do with his life which has stayed true from the beginning, to become the Welterweight champion of the world. He also feels that he can accomplish his goal.
Because of this, his resolve becomes even more adamant and firm. I really admire that he really never lets anything restrain him from continuing forward in life. I was a little disappointed with him letting the music somewhat slip, but I see that to him boxing is more important to him, even though that is the only connection to Doc he has left, apart from the science. I think that if I were placed into the same situations he was in, I would more than likely act in the same ways he did. I probably would not have followed boxing in the same manner he did.
I can relate to the character of Peekay because I feel most the time I am doing the things in my life to give the people around me a way to live out their dreams through me and not because I just want to do those things. He really changed my opinion that life means always making the people around you happy with your actions or choices and not making sure that it is what you want and not just what they want. Also, his character made me realize that you cannot always allow the odds toconfine you. You can always find a way to beat the odds.