A Separate Peace: What Really Happened in the Tree?

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"A Separate Peace" by John Knowles

Separate Peace What really happened in the tree? Gene and Finny were very good friends; however, whatever happened in the tree the day the Finny "fell" out, is the actual cause of Gene "…My knees bent and I jounced the limb…" page 52. In fact, Finny did not fall out of the tree, but Gene had actually pushed him out. Gene had very good reasons to push him out "Finny had put him up to it, to finish me fro good on the exam." Page 49. He pushed him out of jealousy for two things. For athleticism, and for his popularity, and also for his ability to talk his way out of anything.. First, Finny was a very athletic person; however, Gene is just a normal average day person. Gene couldn't stand attempting to compete with Finny because he knew that he would always lose.

When Finny broke the school swimming record set by A. Hopkins Parker without even trying, Gene knew that even if he tried he couldn't do it. What Gene didn't understand was that Finny didn't want anybody to know about what he had done that day. For Finny to tell Gene that he didn't want anybody to know what happened, was in a way an insult to Gene because Finny was basically saying, "I can do it and you can't". This is a perfect example of Gene being jealous at Finny for something that he could never do. In another case where Gene would be jealous of Finny's athleticism and popularity is when he invents the game "Blitzball". Everybody enjoyed playing the game "I believe a form of it is still being played at Devion" page 52 and listened to Finny as he told everybody how to play. Finny was able to talk people into doing anything, just by how he acted. Moreover, he was able to invent a new sport because of his athleticism.

Another example of finny being better and saying, "I can do it and you can't". Gene knew as a fact that he could not invent a new sport and get enough attention for it. Gene could not do many things that Finny was able to do, such as talk his way...
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