Finny is God
A Christ figure is a technique used in story-telling that is an allusion between the book’s character and Jesus Christ. Before I read the book A Separate Peace by John Knowles the idea of a Christ figure was unbeknownst to me. After some research, I found that there are many Christ figures, not only in literature but in films as well. Mufasa, Frodo, Superman, E.T., Optimus Prime & McMurphy were among my favorites. Themes and Symbols are an amazing part of story telling and the Christ figure has opened up a new interpretation of stories to me. Finny’s representation of a Christ figure is one of the best portrayals I’ve seen. Finny is God. Finny is very similar to Christ in that he is loved by all and is an all around genuine person. He has no grudges against anyone, and few have any with him. It’s never said but, it’s obvious that finny has superiority over all the boys. Finny is a people’s person. He can talk his way out of any circumstance. On one day he gets out of trouble twice. In the morning he talks his way out of punishment with Mr. Prud’homme in a daring and risky way. Later on in the day, against gene’s prediction “This time he wasn’t going to get away with it” (20), Finny manages to win over the Mr. Patch-Withers. Another argument favoring Finny’s superiority is his competitive side. He beats them in any physical competition and in a modest way too. When he beats the schools swimming record by .7 seconds he says, “I just wanted to see if I could do it. Now I know. But I don’t want to do it in public.” (35) This demonstrates his personality. Fame is not important to Finny to be able to beat the record is enough for him. Finny’s character doesn’t agree with war. It’s pointed out by Gene that Finny would “make a mess, a terrible mess...out of the war.”(182). He says this because Finny is a man who is above all other men. Any normal human would just go with the flow of the war, but Finny is different. His friendly attitude wouldn’t be...
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