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.
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.
His distorted perceptions of the American Dream ultimately ruined his life and the lives of his family. Sadly, Willy definitely failed as a father. He obviously favored his eldest son Biff over his youngest son Happy, and this constant neglect drove Happy to become more like his older brother as an adult in order to win his father’s approval. We can see this through his philandering behavior, something Biff was known for in high school, the golden years. Biff, on the other hand, had it worse because his father sold him lies about his importance in the business industry, which forced Biff to admire Willy and strive to be like him one day.
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.
Both of the stories tell that there is actually no winner. In The Sniper, one person killed his brother. He won, but once he killed his brother, he lost. Likewise, France won in WWI; whereas, they had received so many sadness. The horror of the war threats everybody.
Throughout the Scarlet Ibis, the cruel interactions between the narrator and Doodle occur in the heat of the moment, a characteristic crack of pride and cruelty in a child, where Brother feels guilty for doing so, but cannot comprehend what could happen as a result of his actions. Not all his actions seemed malicious – even if he acted selfishly for teaching his brother how to walk, he still seemed altruistic since Doodle truly experienced life when interacting with his brother. The author wanted to emphasize the important idea where even if he felt guilty for doing these things, he did so
To Finny, Gene is his best friend who he could trust with his life. Gene, on the other hand, does not feel the same way about the friendship as Finny. Gene both loves and hates Finny, he sees Finny as both a friend and an enemy. Finny is self-assured, friendly, and the best athlete in school; he is everything Gene is not. He tells Finny he is “too good to be true.” Gene is happy for him, but then he grows a little suspicious by questioning himself whether or not Phineas broke the record just to be better than him or to impress him.
When Gene realizes that his only advantage over Finny is his mind, he begins competing with Finny. His paranoia leads him to believe that Phineas has “deliberately set out to wreck [his] studies.” Finny’s only objective is to have fun with his best friend, however Gene sees it as Phineas’ attempt to keep him from studying for his examinations.
As the story continues, Gene starts to believe that Phineas is trying to sabotage him. He thinks that Phineas is doing this so that he can be better at everything. However, in reality, Phineas is honestly just trying to have fun with Gene. “You and Phineas are even already… You did hate him for beating that school swimming record, but so what? He hated you for getting an A in every course but one last term.
There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (18) This quote is one of the first fragments of Gene admitting he is jealous of Finny, although at the moment it’s just a ‘little’ envy, it continues to grow, even after falling out of the tree. The second quote that speaks volume is “Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies….We were even after all, even in enmity. The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all” (45) Gene feels Finny is set out to intentionally ruin his life, and their friendship is nothing but a façade for Finny to be able to stay close to his enemy. The tree in many ways represents their friendship by the quote above, having blossoming flowers in one area (friendship), yet a cold, never changing wood h... ... middle of paper ... ...ause of bone marrow escaping into his blood system and traveling to his heart” (185) The final scene in the novel above, ties together the whole novel. The bone marrow could easily be represented as their friendship, something intricately apart of the person as a whole, but once it becomes separated, it becomes deadly.