An extremely precocious student and a naturally brilliant boxer, Peekay is loved by almost all who meet him. He moves a legend amongst black South Africans, who believe that he has come to avenge them against the Afrikaners. Each side, however, wishes to claim Peekay for themselves. Peekay's generosity and altruism leads him to devise ways of helping black prisoners write and receive letters, and to teach black men to box.
His father was trampled by an elephant before he was born and after the plagued killed the cattle on his farm, PK was sent to boarding school. Since his family was poor, they could only afford the poor German boarding school.
This immediately created conflict for PK. PK gets discriminated against by the German students. Jaapie Botha is the oldest of the school and constantly antagonizes PK. While PK is brushing his teeth, Jaapie Botha calls him piss kopf for PK, which means piss head in German and proceeds with two other German students to pee on his head in the showers.
He next meets a man who would have a great impact on his life, Doc. Doc is a famous German pianist and professor. Doc teaches PK about nature and where the answers in life are found. Despite believing in peace, Doc is still put in a prison camp because of the war between the English and the Germans.
PK continues his schooling, visiting Doc in prison. He brings with him a cactus wrapped in a tobacco leaf to keep the roots moist.
While visiting the prison Doc sets up PK to learn boxing from a prisoner, Geel Piet, so he can learn how to defend himself. In return for his services, Geel Piet receives the left over tobacco from the wrappings of cactus plants. Later in his high schooling PK goes onto become a famous high school boxer.
He eventually goes to boxing school with race mixing in it. The city is still dominantly run with racism being very prevalent and segregation being enforced. PK learns through his boxing the harsh realities of racism in Africa.
He struggles throughout the rest of the movie with stereotypes and racism against his native African friends. Throughout the movie discrimination and racism are brought up countless times.
The main character, PK, experiences discrimination many times. It starts at a young age when he is in the German boarding school, and is discriminated against for being English. PK at the age of seven is being harassed by people of the same race for his different ethnic background.
PK next experiences discrimination when he confronts Dr. He goes to seek approval from Dr. Marais to see his daughter, which is a respectful action by PK to ask the father for permission.
Instead of respect PK is immediately stereotyped by Dr. Marais as an English boy with only liberal views. He is not only discriminated against for being English, but also stereotyped for the views he learned as a boy. These liberal views that were actually taught to him by a German professor and not of any English origin.
PK is stereotyped as having an English liberal background when in fact it is really from a German background. Doc experiences discrimination as well. He is wrongly stereotyped as being a hateful German when he in fact opposes war and promotes peace. He is falsely stereotyped as having the same views as the main population of Germans and not judged upon his own views.
The native prisoners are stereotyped by the English prison guards. They are regarded as being dumb and illiterate. They prove the guards wrong when they perform a choir concert for the commanders and head of the prison camp. They sing of how the guards are cowards and inferior in their native language and the guards have no idea what they are saying.A short summary of Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One.
This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of The Power of One. The idea of "the power of one" is a recurring theme in the novel, and Peekay brings it up several times as he grows up.
The first time he comes across it is when he has to go back to boarding schoo. The Power of One spends so much screen time reveling in the eloquence and bravery of its hero and depicting South Africa's blacks as an anonymous horde of victims that the film, in effect, becomes 39%.
Film Analysis. The Power of One.
The main character in the movie is Peter Phillip Kenneth Keith, otherwise known as PK. He is an English boy growing up in South Africa around the time of WWII.
His father was trampled by an elephant before he was born and after the plagued killed the cattle on his farm, PK was sent to boarding school. Mar 27, · “The Power of One” begins with a canvas that involves all of the modern South African dilemma, and ends as a boxing movie.
Somewhere in between, it loses its way. The film, which spans the years surrounding the Second World War, tells the story of a /5. The Power of One spends so much screen time reveling in the eloquence and bravery of its hero and depicting South Africa's blacks as an anonymous horde of victims that the film, in effect, becomes 39%.