The first result we see of this denial is Finny’s confession of his bitterness towards the world because of his loss. This destroys the image we have of Finny as a “perfect” person because it shows that he blames the world for his accident. It also stuns Gene so much that he begins to do pull-ups, even though he has never done even ten before. With Finny’s verbal help, Gene manages to do thirty. This solidifies the friendship between them.
Finny has no enemies. Gene, however, sees through Finny’s “cover” and thinks they hate each other. He hates Finny for beating A. Hopkins swimming record, and for making him jump from the tree, and for being better than Gene. When Finny takes Gene to the beach, Finny tells Gene that they are “best pals.” Gene does not respond to Finny’s sincere gesture because he thinks Finny wants to sabotage him. Gene realizes that he and Finny are “even after all, even in enmity.
Soliloquy in Shakespeare’s work allows us, as readers and/or as an audience, to dive in a character’s mind. It is that extra view that makes us see what the characters in Shakespeare’s work can’t see. In this particular soliloquy from Act III sc. 1 lines 48-72, we witness a sad soliloquy as it shows Macbeth’s growing detachment from humanity due to his guilt conscience that keeps coming back. The soliloquy shows he is never at peace ever since he broke the laws of nature but takes it a step further when he starts cutting ties with his close friend, Banquo who is known for his wisdom, and leads us to think what Macbeth could possibly do next.
Gene Forrester develops into a mature adult when he finally accepts his feeling and faces reality. When the novel starts Gene is lost and confused about his feeling towards Phineas, he is not sure if he is jealous or just looking up to Phineas. However, the moment he causes Phineas to fall off the tree he realizes his inner-self and realizes his true feelings. He realizes that it was not a little jealousy or anything else but it was hate that was building up inside him. He first realized what his true emotion was when he...
Though his pride is his hamartia and what initiates his tragic fall, Oedipus’ past is the kindling which burned down his world. Initially, Oedipus is the cause of the curse on Thebes, ... ... middle of paper ... ...de for the benefit of his family, but which in turn benefited no one. Their hamartia, their pride made them unable to let go of the past, which caused their tragic downfall. Two proud men could not just accept the way things were, and had to go and try to change things that had no need for changing. Oedipus and Willy because of their pride did the exact opposite of what they intended: Willy wanted to help his family, and instead he had just hurt them.
Signs of their maturity appear when the boys have a serious conversation about Finny’s accident. Finny realizes that Gene did shake the tree limb purposely so that he would fall. However, he knows that this action was spontaneous, and that Gene never meant to cause him life-long grief. Finny sympathetically says to his best friend, "Something just seized you. It wasn’t anything you really felt against ... ... middle of paper ... ...iendship between Gene and Phineas is amidst themes such as lack of reality, low maturity levels, and false appearances.
A Separate Peace by John Knowles In John Knowles novel, A Separate Peace, Gene is plagued by jealousy for his best friend, Finny. As this novel continues, Gene ends up hurting his friend because of his jealousy. After Gene blindly intentionally hurts his only friend, he has a guilty conscience and has to overcome it by being good friends with Finny. However, Gene still feels guilty for Finny, has lost his best friend, and he knows his life will never be the same. Gene still feels guilty for Finny.
Gene also takes away with him an understanding of how Finny never faces an enemy and completely loses his image of innocence. After his confession, Gene points out, “Only Phineas never was afraid, only Phineas never hated anyone. Other people experienced this fearful shock somewhere, this sighting of the enemy, and so began an obsessive labor of defense, began to parry the menace they saw facing them by developing a particular frame of mind” (204). This valuable comprehension now follows Gene and his separate peace, because he knows one who has no hatred is not afraid of any enemy. Although symbolizing an image of peace, Finny finds his separate peace once he accepts the presences of the time period’s event, specifically World War II.
He even smiles at the sight of Fortunato in the beginning. Once he completes the task, the only thing left to do is live his life leaving Fortunato behind physically and mentally. Montresor can be better off leaving Fortunato alone, but instead he takes the unchristian way out and ends Fortunato’s life. He doesn’t gain anything from doing this, except a guilty conscience and a dead body. “A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.
Gene dismisses his shadow during his first few encounters with it, quickly rejecting the darkness inside himself by conjuring up excuses for his undesirable desire. In a scene where Finny attempts to talk his way out of trouble, Gene’s shadow makes an appearance, as he believed, “this time [Finny] wasn't going to get away with it. I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited” (Knowles 27). The excitement of Finny getting into trouble is caused by Gene’s shadow, as he describes its presence as unexpected. Gene has become introduced to his shadow, but does not yet know the full extent of the darkness existing within himself.