I asked him about his friendship with Phineas. I heard from Brinker Hadley that Phineas thought of Gene as his best friend. Gene hesitated to answer my question. He told me that Phineas and him did everything together. It made me suspicious of how he really felt about Phineas.
Gene’s first characteristic of evil is jealousy. Throughout the book Gene is showing jealousy towards Finny. He is jealous of Finny because of how good he is at sports. Gene is always trying to be like Finny and tries to find ways that he his better than Finny. Gene even put on Finny’s clothes
Gene then thinks to himself “and I lost part of myself to him then, and a soaring sense of freedom revealed that this must have been my purpose from the first: to become part of Phineas,” (Knowles 85). Since Finny cannot play sports anymore because of his broken leg, he tells Gene that he has to do it for him. Gene realizes that this is his destiny; to become an extension of Phineas. Another way he is affected is that he starts to lose his own ways by copying Finny. When Finny was in the hospital wing of the school, Gene put his clothes on and said “that I would never stumble through the confessions
Self-acceptance requires one to look deep inside them and accept their true motives and actions. Although there was a literal war raging on outside the walls of the Devon campus, Gene was consumed by the war occurring within. Before Gene could even think about helping the war efforts he first had his own internal battle he had to defeat. Gene and Finny had a codependent relationship, in the way that they thrived off of one another. Gene struggled to establish his own identity because he was always under the influence of Finny.
“As I was moving the bone some of the marrow must have escaped into his blood stream and gone directly to his heart and stopped it, “ (193). The author’s incorporation of Phineas dying this way aids in showing Gene’s betrayal of Phineas. Prior to Phineas’s death, he and Gene had been fighting much more than they normally did, and Phineas ended up telling Gene he was upset that he couldn’t participate in the war due to his leg. Gene feels bad because he is uncertain about whether or not Phineas’s first fall was his fault, and ultimately, it was the first fall that caused Phineas to die. Throughout this story there are many symbols, many of which show Gene’s betraying
One of those differences occurs in the novel where Gene Forrester’s best friend Phineas passes away. To begin with, the novel rationalizes Gene’s reaction when he is meeting with Dr. Stanpole, after Phineas’ surgery. Dr. Stanpole very quickly delivers the news to Gene that his best friend has left them all and passed away. The death of Phineas brings his family and friends together for the funeral at his family’s burial ground in Boston. Gene is also there to pay respect to his friend, holding in all his emotions as he watches the
After the truth was said it opened doors for Finny and Gene to realize what the end result would be. “Listen, pal, if I can 't play sports, you 're going to play them for me, ' and I lost part of myself to him then, and a soaring sense of freedom revealed that this must have been my purpose from the first: to become a part of Phineas” (Knowles 77). Events had turned around and now it felt like the guilt Gene had in him after the jounce made him do what Finny was asking for. Finny had been a role model to Gene. Gene learned a lot from Finny, persistence, determination, wisdom, and having no doubt about anything.
He is not capable of always living to the fullest and having gratitude for what gifts he has, such as academics. His friendship with Finny also collapses because he is no longer able to think of Finny as his friend, only as a figure that he loathes, solely because of envy. Gene loses confidence in his abilities and gains animosity as he frequently witnesses Finny's success. In turn, this makes Gene brood over who he isn’t, rather than who he can be and who he is. Although he lives, Gene is ultimately the one truly destroyed by his
I decided to put on his clothes” (Knowles 29). In other words, for a brief moment, Gene felt relief from his guilt and loses his identity. He was physically trying to become Finny by trying to look like him. Another aspect that effects finding Gene’s identity
In John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, the students of Devon’s perception of reality changes from peacetime to wartime. Phineas’s perception changes as he refuses to accept any part of reality that he does not agree with, but events force him to accept it anyway. Gene views Phineas as a jealous competitor, but he comes to a realization about Phineas’s real nature. Leper and Brinker both view the war as a sort of opportunity. However, they both resent the war when they face it.