The two main characters of the novel, A Separate Piece, were Gene and Phineas, or Finny. These two were best friends who went to the same boarding school, the Devon School, in New Hampshire. During the story, Gene and Finny faced some very difficult conflicts and obstacles that greatly affected their strong friendship. Throughout these disputes, I think that Finny turned out to be the better friend. Phineas is a more loyal and leader-like figure than Gene and actually helped Gene to find something in himself that he did not know was there. Loyalty was something that Finny greatly possessed and that was obvious. After Gene intentionally jounced the limb, causing Finny to fall, Finny did not go off and tell every boy at Devon what happened. He put the thought of Gene doing such a thing to the back of his mind until people started to question Gene on it. Finny did not want to believe that this happened one bit, since he thought him and Gene were inseparable friends who would never do something like that. This faithfulness Finny had to Gene throughout their friendship was so strong that it was almost admirable. Finny was the most athletic boy at the Devon School. He always engaged in sports and different activities, searching for a game to invent that everyone could play in. Gene always tagged along and of course played with all the other boys. When Leper was being bullied by Brinker, Finny stood up for him, even though he was "the nerd" of the school, and Leper highly respected and adored Finny for what he did for him. This leader-like quality of Finny put him way ahead of the game than Gene. As the story
Gene and his roommate Finny (Phineas) become close friends at Devon School in the summer of 1942. Finny is always able to get away with what infractions he makes. He and Gene for a small society over jumping out of a tree into a river. They name it the “Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session”. Finny is very athletic and lures in lots of people by his charismatic behavior. He creates a game called blitzball that becomes popular within the attendees of the summer session. Gene envies Finny’s….
tree, Gene, consumed by guilt and fear, obeys a strange compulsion to dress ike his roommate. He puts on Finny's clothes - even the unconventional pink shirt that was the "emblem" for the Allied bombing of Central Europe - and looks at himself in the mirror. There Gene sees he has become Finny "to the life." The physical resemblance
Gene senses, brings on a surge of Finny's own unique spirit within him. Unexpectedly, Gene feels free, daring, confident - just like Finny. For a moment, Gene has become….
is true also when talking about Gene and Finny, Gene is consistently trying and failing to find fault in his flawless best friend Phineas. This begs the question of is Gene truly evil? In the novel A Separate Peace, Gene is inherently evil, because he is mis-trusting, self- centered, and cannot bring himself to accept the fact that there is such a thing as a true friendship.
The fact the Gene is mis-trusting is evident throughout the book. After being best friends and roommates for several….
Gene shares his own feelings while observing Finny's actions and speech, but he never really enters his friend's thoughts. For example, Gene learns only late in the novel that Finny desperately wants to enlist in the military any military and that his fantasy about the fake war simply represents a way of hiding his pain. Finny lives in action always moving, playing, challenging others to join him. Finny's game of blitzball, for example, expresses his essential nature with its spontaneous style of….
Although a friendship often implies many similarities, Gene and Finny also appear very different in many aspects of life. Their friendship gives the impression that at some times it was unstable, but overall it was bound to be everlasting. This companionship is a primary example of any real-life friendship of the common person. It is possible to portray many differences within a friendship, but still hold on to whatever is the quintessence of the cohesion between the parties involved.
Topic: The relationship between Gene and Finny is a microcosm of the outer world.
"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war." (Herbert Clark Hoover). This speech, made by Mr. Hoover illustrates the misconception of war that is passed down by generation, filled by over-glorified lies, which enthrall the youth to join the war effort, where they are merely pawns in a global….
Gene and Finny have different perspectives on the war. Gene believes that it is a significant event that is real, while Finny thinks that it is a hoax. For example, Gene has thought about the war more frequently, and has seemed to be obsessed over it. He compares the war to sports, and thinks that “football players were really bent on crushing the life out of each other… a tennis ball might turn into a bullet” (77). Later when it is snowing, Gene again compares the war to the heavy downfall and accumulation….
will want to search for something- anything- that would make them stand out from the others. While Gene and Finny were both students at the Devon school, they individually had differences from personal interests to physical attributes that made them unique. Gene’s physical attributes did not reflect the stereotypical boy that the reader might picture, knowing the Southern region that he grew up in. Gene was a sixteen-year-old young man who had chestnut brown hair and tan skin. He was very lean, despite….
War II was a conflict with Gene and Finny’s relationship with each other before they even knew it. Finny was the curious, athletic one who in the summer always wondered off to see what the older member were doing. Gene was different from Finny. He was the intelligent, brilliant boy that was perceived as Finny’s sidekick. Even though they are complete opposites they have a bond that pulls them together. By them having the bond with each other they grow to be best friends but also competitors.
In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the main character, Gene Forrester, struggles with copious moral dilemmas while living at Devon, a boarding school. The author portrays Gene as a structured intellectual, who is shielded from the reality of World War II. As a result of this “separate peace”, he predominantly struggles with his self-integrity and, consequently, feels much jealousy towards his classmates at Devon. By examining Gene’s antagonistic behavior towards his peers, it is evident that personal….