“There was no harm in envyin... ... middle of paper ... ... Leper to compare him to a savage beast. Although Finny admits to Gene that he considers him his best friend, Gene still shows envy. Knowles uses the tree as a symbol to express the jealousy and loss of innocence in Phineas’s and Gene’s friendship. In the beginning, Knowles uses the tree to symbolize the darkness of jealousy; Gene and Finny climb the tree, and Gene jounces the limb, which causes Phineas to fall. As Gene’s jealousy increases, the tree becomes a symbol of the loss of his innocence and lies multiple times; Finny loses innocence when he becomes aware of Gene’s sin.
Instead, he blames his presence in the tree on Phineas. Finny also has the role of being the leader in their friendship. They sustain the balance of the friendship when Phineas thinks of something to do, and Gene supports him. The problem with this is that Gene only trails Finny so that he would not “lose face with [him].” Gene never speaks up when he has a problem, hereby damaging their lines of communication. Another principal factor that dissolves the bond between them is Gene’s jealousy.
After Gene’s confession, the boy’s friendship was nearly broken because of the presence of envy ... ... middle of paper ... ...couldn’t handle the pressure of “courtroom”. The author conveys that Finny is extremely saddened that Gene let invidiousness get the best of him, and control him in dangerous ways. Like previously proven events, Gene’s envy was the ultimate force that slowly deteriorated the boy’s friendship. Friendships can be hurt or toughened by the lack or presence of jealousy. The significant influence of envy on friendships is discovered by Gene and Finny through Gene’s jealous nature, Finny’s unenviable nature, and Brinker’s suspicions on the impact of Gene’s envy on Finn.
All of the names that Gene calls Finny show the growing discontent that Gene has with Finny in their relationship. Gene’s resentment at feeling forced to engage in activities of Finny’s devising shows his growing discontent with their relationship. One activity Gene resents is being forced to jump off the tree. Finny gets Gene to get on the tree and tells him to jump, Gene being afraid of jumping off thinks “Why did I let Finny talk me into stupid things like this?”(9) Gene thinking about his discontent toward Finny implies that he was talked into or forced into jumping off the tree. Finny saves Genes life when Gene turns to look at Finny on the tree and loses his balance, he was about to fall when Finny put his arm out to rebalance Gene.
On the way back Phineas and Gene play fight so that they are late for dinner. Chapter 2:Mr. Prud'homme, a master, stops by the boys' room to scold them for missing dinner again for the ninth time in two weeks. Phineas explains that they were late because they were jumping out of the tree to toughen up for the war. Mr Prud'homme, accepts the explanation because, he, and everyone else, feel sorry for the boys that will soon have to go to war. Chapter 3: The boys join The Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session.
Finny makes up a game called "blitzball," sort of a variation on rugby and football; the game is a hit that summer. Finny casually and easily breaks a school swimming record; Finny also refuses to do it again and have it count. Finny proposes that they go to the beach, which means big trouble if they are caught; Gene decides to go along. That night, Finny admits that he considers Gene his best friend, which touches Gene deeply, but somehow Gene can't say the same thing. Finny mocks Gene's scholarly ambition, and Gene begins to believe that Finny is trying to come out ahead.
Gene puts a lot of effort in to his academic ability, and in return it far exceeds Finny's. When Finny makes an inquiry to Gene about needing to study, it lessens Gene’s talent and renders it substandard to Finny’s athleticism because his talents requires no effort. Because Gene aims to be greater than Finny, this angers him immensely. These feelings lead him to a path of animosity towards Finny causing Gene to want to hurt him. Before the accident, Gene is resentful of Finny’s ignorance towards the down side of sport – losing: “Finny... ... middle of paper ... ...gry with Finny, but he seems to still be jealous of his legacy.
A Separate Peace3 A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel about two boys at boarding school and their friendship during World War II. There are three significant scenes of violence that occur in the novel; however, the core of the plot is based upon one. The first and most poignant is the incident where Gene, the narrator, jiggles the tree branch while he and Phineas, his best friend, are preparing to jump, causing Phineas to fall and break his leg. The next scene of violence is when Quackenbush calls Gene a lame and Gene pushes him into the water. Lastly, Gene pushes Leper out of his chair while visiting him after he is accused of causing Phineas’ injury.
Phineas is the best friend of Gene . In chapter four of the novel Gene pushes Finny out of a tree and Finny breaks his leg. Subconsciously, Finny knows how the accident occurred but is the type of person who wants to believe that all of life is carefree, he hates to acknowledge that a person could actually hurt another. We see a great deal of this attitude when Finny constantly refers to WWII as something created by old fat men in order to keep young boys from having to much fun. After the accident at the tree Gene attempts to tell Finny that it was him who caused the accident, but Finny refuses to believe Gene.
One day Gene and Finny, his friend and roommate, went to a large tree by the river. Finny suggested that they try and jump from the tree into the river below them. This jump was usually for older boys. But they both made the jump successfully, and Finny formed the Summer Suicide Society, which is dedicated to members being initiated by jumping from the tree to the river. Each time, Gene and Finny must go first, but Gene always has a fear of jumping.