Maniac Magee

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  • "Before Maniac could go to sleep, however, there was something he had to do....
  • ... he opened the front door and looked at the three cast iron digits nailed to the door frame...
  • ... Maniac Magee finally had an address." (Spinelli 44).
  • Home is a common theme in Maniac Magee. It is important to Maniac because he has never known anything like it before. Take Maniac as an example. He didn't have a home for a long time. Don't take your's for granted. Also, make sure that you aren't keeping others from their rightful home. Don't exclude people. Make everything you do and say welcoming. Make every place like home.
  • "The door opened. Finsterwald's door opened. Not much, but enough so the witnesses could make out a thin strip of blackness. 
  • Would Maniac be sucked into that black hole like so much lint into a vacuum cleaner? Would Finsterwald's long, bony hand dart out, quick as a lizard's tongue, and snatch poor Maniac? 
  • Maniac appeared to be speaking to the dark crack. Was he pleading for his life? Would his last words be skewered like a marshmallow by Finsterwald's dagger-tipped cane? 
  • Apparently not. The door closed. Maniac bounded down the steps..." (Spinelli 139-140).
  • Ignorance breeds prejudice is a powerful and true theme in Maniac Magee. If you don't take time to acquire knowledge of a person, a race, etc., you will most likely create fake realities about that person. Maniac is the exact opposite of that. He knows people for who they are and he doesn't judge people based on his preconceived opinions.
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