According to Miss Bornstein Essay

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What does a poor boy do upon entering a wealthy school? If he’s Peekay, he befriends Morrie. In the book Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, Peekay, a young English boy living in South Africa around the WWII era, is sent off to his second boarding school with nothing—no friends, no money, only the knowledge he obtained from his adult friends back home and his boxing skills. Peekay has been an outsider since he went to his last boarding school at the age of five, where he was surrounded by Afrikaner children who hate him for being who he is. When he returns home and befriends Doc, the German music teacher and cacti collector, he gains knowledge that seems like it shouldn’t interest a child or his age. There’s no questioning Peekay is different from normal children, but this time, this school, is different. Peekay has chosen to disregard his camouflage, the ability to blend into the background that he picked up at his last school, and stand up for who he is. At this important time in his life, he needs an ally and Morrie, a fellow outcast at Prince of Wales, quickly adopts him as his partner. Because of their close relationship at this crucial point in Peekay’s life, Morrie is very important to the story. Morrie and Peekay are both outcasts and reach out for each other. Peekay is a poor boy who gets a scholarship to Prince of Wales School, a boarding school for rich Christians. Enter Morrie, the wealthy Jewish boy. Peekay is accustomed to being the outcast as he’s always different from whatever group he joins. Morrie is looking for allies to begin his money-making scams and Peekay instantly fills the position. When the boys first arrive at the train station and are met by Sarge, the man demands to know why Peekay does not have “a proper Christian name.” When he asks Peekay why he doesn’t have another name, Peekay responds, “It’s what I’ve almost always been

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