Throughout time this changes, as the influence of Finny lowers Genes obedience to such things. The wars within Gene are disputed as well as the wars outside and the novel expresses the acceptance and rejecting of these aspects. The struggles to create a better more Ideal life for himself occurs, and his belief that Finny is the ideal does not diminish until Finny no longer can stand on his own. The complete contrast of Finny and Gene is a boy named Leper. Leper was not interested in much and is the first of the boys mentioned to go to war.
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. Finny believes their friendship is too and in no way would either of them want to mar it. Because of these feelings the thought that Gene caused the accident is more devastating to Finny, than the actual physical pain. The constant theme of Gene's guilt provides the reasoning for most of the development of the boy's friendship. It seems that soon after the fall the boy's friendship becomes rooted more on unstable lies rather than solid truth.
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.
To expose one’s feelings to someone else is “social suicide.” Therefore, Gene takes advantage of Phineas’s naivete by not responding to his declaration of friendship. Phineas also asserts that “when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love” (111). Phineas’s philosophy centers around a world of youth of peace and, thus, he always attempts to find the best in everyone. This naive attitude contrasts with the cruel nature of the world, where wars and competitions are common occurrences. At Gene’s trial for Phineas’s fall, Phineas asks Gene if “[he] was down at the bottom” in a concerned, friendly tone (170).
His suspicions turn to hatred, but he makes sure to maintain an appearance of friendship so Finny will not suspect him. Gene realizes he was grievously mistaken about the existence of any rivalry between them one day when Finny expresses a sincere desire to see Gene succeed. He goes to the tree to jump with Finny while he is still in a state of shock from the force of his realization, and when Finny gets out to the edge of the branch, Gene shakes it, causing Finny to fall to the bank and shatter his leg. The doctor tells Gene that Finny's athletic days are over. Gene goes in to see Finny and begins to confess what he has done, but the doctor interrupts him and Finny is sent home before Gene gets another chance.
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. Although this novel takes place in the 1940s, jealousy and envy still exists today. Friends envy other friends for what they have: happiness, possessions, and other friendships. Although jealousy seems bad, a friendship without envy becomes a friendship without love and compassion.
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.
I believe that this flaw is Hamlet's idealism. While his idealism is a good trait, in this case, Hamlet's environment and his... ... middle of paper ... ...major sin, he also knows that he must avenge his father's death. He could not continue to live knowing that he was not able to put his father's soul to rest, "My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth." In fact, near the very end of the play, he does cast off all doubt as to his course of action, saying that "There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow." He now has a fatalistic viewpoint which he believes is right and promises to himself not to let his decision waver.
Gene knocks Finny off the tree limb and he breaks his leg. Everyone at Devon except for Finny suspects that Gene caused Finny to fall off the branch, not Finny's loss of balance. Finny's outlook on the whole situation is very grown up. He did not blame anyone but himself, even though it was not his fault at all. Finny seems as though he will never grow up because he is so immature, with his silly denial of the war's existence, and his habit of always coming up with strange things to do just for fun.
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.