Another principal factor that dissolves the bond between them is Gene’s jealousy. Gene is envious of Finny’s athletic and social power. Finny has the ability to talk his way out of any tough situation; if he attempts to manipulate someone, that person might show “a flow of simple unregulated friendliness.” Gene sees how everyone loves Phineas, and that makes him feel unworthy. As Gene’s envy and paranoia take over him, he is drawn farther from the truth that lies within his brotherhood with Phineas. When Gene realizes that his only advantage over Finny is his mind, he begins competing with Finny.
One day Gene and Finny, his friend and roommate, went to a large tree by the river. Finny suggested that they try and jump from the tree into the river below them. This jump was usually for older boys. But they both made the jump successfully, and Finny formed the Summer Suicide Society, which is dedicated to members being initiated by jumping from the tree to the river. Each time, Gene and Finny must go first, but Gene always has a fear of jumping.
Eventually, Finny falls from the tree fracturing his leg. This leads to Finny’s death and Gene struggle to find himself. The relationship between these two boys proves my thesis statement; a friend and an enemy can be one in the same. The characters of Gene and Finny are as opposite as apples and oranges. Finny is a free spirit and Gene enjoys structure.
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.
Gene’s invidiousness of Finny’s numerous sports achievements transforms into a resentful hatred. One day, when the boys are about to perform their daily ritual of jumping off the tree into the wild river, Gene blindly jostles the tree branch, resulting in Finny’s dangerous fall which shatters his leg. Later in the novel, when Gene admits shaking the tree limb, Finny is infuriated and refuses to believe that Gene would commit such a horrendous act. As a result, Gene becomes aware that “Finny is injured by his confession, more than the accident” itself (Knowles 57). The quote expresses that Gene’s avowal saddens Finny even more than his physical injury.
Gene hated watching finny always coming out on top out therefore out of jealousy and resentment Gene decided to push Finny out of the tree and alter their friendship. Generally the two boys relationship was stable and created from both boys admiration for each other, “it’s you, pal. Finny said to me at last, “just you and me”… we were best of friends at that moment” (17-18). During the course of the book Genes unspoken rivalry with Finny becomes unbearable and he continuously has moments where he questions their friendship, “...
Although the power and passion of love as a potent force cannot be overlooked, it can have a destructive effect when pursued with self -centered motives. James Hurst illustrates the theme of unrequited love in, "The Scarlet Ibis," a short story in which the protagonist and his handicapped brother, Doodle, develop a fulfilling relationship that grows gradually more manipulative. Doodle's brother trains him to walk and play out of the selfish need to restore his cracked pride broken by the embarrassment of having a crippled brother. Doodle does not comprehend the extent of his brother’s corrupt motives and unconsciously works to fulfill his brother’s ambitions by meeting his nearly impossible expectations and surpassing his goals. However, despite
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. The repetition of Phineas’ name emphasizes how important Finny was to Gene and the impact Finny had on Devon. Gene takes out his jealousy for Finny's talents and likable personality in a malicious way. His actions cause him to want to change his identity to be like Finny in order to escape what he has done. A friendship with a little competition is normal, but when it causes someone to hurt their friend or try to be their friend, it becomes unhealthy.
He behaved kindly for selfish and prideful reasons; he behaved unkindly when he couldn’t control his emotions. This buildup of emotions eventually caused Doodle’s death at the end of the story. The narrator recognizes his guiltiness when running away from his brother, knowing that Doodle’s heart cannot bear the strain. However, at the time, he did so anyways – he couldn’t understand the consequences of his impetuous actions, and ultimately, kills Doodle. 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.
As he put it, "Phineas could get away with anything." (p. 18) In order to protect himself from accepting Finny's compassion and risking emotional suffering, Gene creates a silent rivalry with Finny, and convinced himself that Finny is deliberately attempting to ruin his schoolwork. Gene decides he and Finny are jealous of each other, and reduces their friendship to cold trickery and hostility. Gene becomes disgusted with himself after weeks of the silent rivalry. He finally discovers the truth, that Finny only wants the best for Gene, and had no hidden evil intentions.