Peekay In John Steinbeck's The Power Of One

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In The Power of One, although Hoppie influences Peekay for a short amount of time, he turns Peekay’s life around and leads him to his greatest passion, boxing. Hoppie realizes that Peekay’s brokenness and depression is caused by the kids at school who bully him for being a rooinek, and he shows Peekay compassion and kindness. Without Hoppie Peekay may have never been introduced to boxing or be proud to be a rooinek. With the loss of Granpa Chook fresh in his head, Peekay reaches his lowest point. He tries to camouflage himself so he does not stand out as a rooinek because the kids at school bully and discriminate against him because of his English heritage. Hoppie recognizes Peekay’s pain and helps comfort him by saying, “That’s why you’re going to be the next champ, Peekay, you’ve got the reason. I didn’t tell you before, man. You now the bloke who beat me for the title in Pretoria? Well he was English, a rooinek like you” (73). When Peekay realizes that Hoppie believes in him he starts to believe in himself. Hoppie is the first person besides Peekay’s nanny that…show more content…
Hoppie intrudes him to boxing which becomes the boy’s life’s passion. He introduces Peekay to boxing by letting him go to the boxing match and also by letting him try on the boxing gloves. “My hands in the gloves were just as lost as my feet had felt in the tackies when Mevrou first made me put them on. Only this was different. The gloves felt like old friends. Big, yes and very clumsy, but not strangers” (68). When Hoppie lets Peekay try on his gloves he gives Peekay a goal in life, to become the welterweight champion of the world. Hoppie does not realize how much he influences Peekay, but after he finds boxing, he never wants to do anything else. When Hoppie teaches Peekay about boxing he gives a boy who has nothing left to live for a goal that he will do everything to

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