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.
He made selfish choices and in the end it was him who lost his glory and his brother. Initially, Brother disliked Doodle and even thought about killing him. However brother sees Doodle smile and realizes that Doodle is “all there.” Brother tries to change Doodle for his own selfish ways. Consequently, Brother makes one last selfish choice and leaves Doodle behind as a storm rolls in. As a result of his selfish choice Doodle dies.
“It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” (345). Before he even knew Doodle, Brother was unable to accept his limitations, both physical and mental. Brother does not believe that he can truly be proud of himself if Doodle is disabled. As a result, Brother desperately attempts to teach Doodle to row, climb vines, and swim before they begin school. “Aw, come on, Doodle,” I urged.
I felt a sudden stab of disappointment........” (21) Gene really does not know what he is feeling he says, but deep down it is hi... ... middle of paper ... ...out to wreck my studies. That explained blitzball, that explained the nightly meetings of the Super Suicide Society.............Sure he wanted to share everything with me , especially his D’s in every subject. That way he, the great athlete, would be way ahead of me. It was all cold trickery, it was all calculated, it was all enmity.” (45) Gene thinks he was doing this by cramming his schedule with clubs and sports so that he won’t have time to study and wreck his school grades. Then Finny can be better than him at everything.
The tone of this story changes frequently. Its changes are bases mostly on Genes feelings toward Finny. Gene often has feeling of resentment and uncertainty about their friendship; this creates a negative tone. Finny on the other hand seems to make the mood somewhat whimsical. For example he beets the school swimming record without ever practicing.
Eventually the revelation of the truth drives Finny away from Gene. In his attempt to escape the cruelty of accepting his best friends hatred toward him he falls down the stairs and again brakes his leg. In the end Finny dies from trying to escape. As the doctor attempts to fix his broken leg, the p... ... middle of paper ... ... confident he will be able to heal Finny's leg without aid or assistance. Unfortunately an error uncorrectable befalls Finny and he cannot survive this ordeal, and the repercussions of the truth being forced onto Finny, result in his death.
This is the story that he tells people and he believes himself. When other students get suspicious of what really happened, they hold a mock trial in attempts to find the truth. Phineas continues to lie for his friend and conjures an elaborate story to clear Gene’s name. This evidently shows that Phineas would much rather lie to others and to himself, to protect the good name of Gene. When Gene sees that Phineas would much rather lie for him, than to believe it himself, he becomes extremely guilty for his actions.
Lastly, Gene pushes Leper out of his chair while visiting him after he is accused of causing Phineas’ injury. All of these occurrences contribute to the overall meaning of the work. One of the climaxes of A Separate Peace happens at the first scene of violence. Until this scene, the reader is unaware of Gene’s “evil side”. He is so overtaken by his jealousy and rage toward Phineas that he succumbs to his emotions and causes Finny to fall off of the tree branch.
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.
He did, but he paid a sacrificial price. A complete surprise attack would have left Jem lifeless like a fish on dry land if Boo Radley, the outcast, had not saved Jem's life. Jem even took the humiliation of apologizing after destroying the garden of Mrs. Dubose because of his lack of self control. Charles Norstadt matured a lot as well and was rewarded with entry to a top military school. He learned to accept the fact that people were no longer supporting him.