The Power of One
The title tells the most prominent theme
Of this book. Peekay learns the importance
Of independence as he travels ‘cross
South Africa. An outsider at the
Afrikaans boarding school, Peekay must learn
How to survive on his own and fend for
Himself. Peekay learns and grows with each new
Obstacle that he overcomes. Growing
Up in solitude, Peekay is able
To make friends remarkably well. Even
Amongst others, he is superior.
He is constantly surprising others
With his accomplishments. Peekay stands out
From the people who surround him, showing
To all the true power of one.
Underlying Theme: The Need for Camouflage
All throughout the book Peekay wears his cloak.
His camouflage keeps him safe. It protects
Him from those around him who are jealous
Of his brilliance and strength. Peekay learns
How to be invisible in order
To survive the time he spends at the school
Of Afrikaans. He quickly learns to blend
Amongst other students. As Peekay grows
And matures, he learns how to use his gift.
It is at this point that Peekay leaves the
Cloak behind with the other memories
Of his gruesome childhood.