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.
“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.
A Separate Peace A Separate Peace is a coming of age novel in which Gene, the main character, revisits his high school and his traumatic teen years. When Gene was a teen-ager his best friend and roommate Phineas (Finny) was the star athlete of the school. Gene was only a mediocre athlete and is always jealous of Finny. They form a Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session which includes jumping from a tree into a river as its initiation. Eventually, Finny falls from the tree fracturing his leg.
He hated you for getting an A in every course but one last term. You would have had an A except for him… Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies!” (53) After this realization, Gene is bitter toward Phineas. When the chance arrives, Gene takes it. Furious and not thinking, Gene knocks Phineas out of the tree they are both standing in. “And then my knees bent and I jounced the limb.
Yet, Finny covers up and tell everyone, including himself, that is was an accident and no one really knows how he fell out. Although Gene tell Finny that he pushed him out of "blind impulse", Finny thinks that gene is too good of a friend which leads Finny for feeling guilty for Finny. By Gene pushing Finny out of the tree he not only has guilt, he starts to lose his best friend. Things were never the same between Gene and Finny. Before Finny dies, he questions Gene why he would push him out.
The author foreshadows many events from the beginning of the book. When Gene pushes Phineas out of the tree in a burst of jealous rage, he gains this profound meaning of friendship. Even after the incident, Phineas doesn’t blame Gene for pushing him out of the tree. Instead, Phineas chooses to believe that a gust of wind had jostled the branch causing his fall. This is the story that he tells people and he believes himself.
As Mr. ... ... middle of paper ... ...inny out of the tree. Paralyzed, he challenged a younger boy to “reconstruct the crime,” but the boy said simply that Gene must have pushed Finny off the branch. Gene ridiculed the boy’s conclusion, directing attention away from him but eliciting the boy’s hatred. He then declared that he must go study his French, leaving without having smoked. To relieve wartime labour shortages, the boys shovel snow off the railroad.
Stacey then has to face the humiliation of getting whipped by his mama in front of his class. As usual, TJ doesn't own up to his own and obviously Stacey 'wouldn't tell on ole TJ' because TJ would deny it anyways. TJ is not only thoughtless, he is also quite sly and knows how to get what he wants. This is shown when he teases Stacey about his new coat ... ... middle of paper ... ...he night men come and throw the Averys to the ground, and TJ is beaten up again. Here, we feel genuine sympathy for TJ in the end of the novel, as he is left in jail awaiting trial, with a broken jaw and broken ribs.
Gene is an introverted young boy who is very academically gifted. Finny, however, is an extremely extroverted childish young boy who is very athleticaly gifted. Finny's fall eventually leads to terrible things, such as death and guilt. Throughout the novel Knowles uses Phineas' fall from the tree to symbolize his loss of innocence, to show Gene's guilt, and to develop Phinea's death. After Phineas, also known as Finny, falls from the tree, he slowy begins to change.
They both had an evil side to them and Gene expressed his evilness when they were on the tree and Gene jounced the limb on purpose. He had just had a moment of hatred for Finny and he made him suffer for it. Gene always purposely hurts Finny, feels guilty about it later, and tries to apologize and tell him the truth about what he did. After the tree accident, Gene felt terrible about it all so he finally told Finny the truth about it. " I was thinking about you and the accident because I caused it.