He must have understood what I meant because he begin to dance as well. We danced all the way to the CD aisle. We stopped to looked at one of Lil Wayne’s album, The Fireman, one of his best albums I thought. We walked around in search for one more CD ,Disturbing the peace by Ludacris but realized it was sold out by it’s empty slot with just the label tag left. So we joked, laughed, and dance our way to the front counter.
There we can finally see that Gene never cared about Finny even though Finny loved him like a brother, and did no wrong to him. Only a heartless, self centered person would laugh at someone in pain especially his fallen friend. As hard as it is sometimes evil things or people can destroy good works. The novel A Separate Peace definitely has the theme of good vs evil. The many struggles between good and evil can be observed in Gene and Finny's relationship.Wether Gene is trying to see 'fault' in Finny, or he is hurting his good friend Finny, or being heartless about Finny's pain and suffering.
Gene desires the charisma of Finny, but he detests the hold that Finny has over him. The divide only grows as Finny flaunts his success in Gene’s face and begins to compete with Gene, or at least that is what Gene believes. In reality, Finny has changed nothing about his personality or his
[He] deliberately jounced the limb so Finny would fall off”(70). That something deep down, some deep feeling made him do it, made him jounce the limb. Finny denies that Gene would ever do such a thing. Gene persistently tells him the truth which angers Finny and calls Gene a “damn fool”, still denying that it was his fault. Gene admits he jounced the limb which caused Finny to fall, and therefore, he blames himself for Finny's
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
Gatsby deludes himself to care for Daisy to the point where is willing to take the fall for a crime that he did not commit. Even with this information he does not speak up and turn Daisy in even when he has no personal reason to withhold such information; he claims to be disgusted with his “old money” acquaintances, assuring Gatsby that they’re all “a rotten crowd”(154). In the first chapter, Gatsby is introduced as a gleaming beacon of hope for Nick “has never found in any other person and … [will] not likely ever find again”(2), and describing Gatsby as being “something gorgeous about him” (2). However, his reverence for Gatsby doesn’t do either of them any good in the long run. Nick’s concerns about keeping quiet for Gatsby lead to Gatsby’s demise.
Since Finny makes Gene do things he doesn’t want to do he is resentful such as daring him to experience the world more directly, by breaking rules and creating new traditions. Gene is jealous of Finny; which shows his immaturity and leads up to the pinnacle of the novel. Due to Gene’s ego he gives into doing something that he will later regret, he jounces the limb the Finny was standing on. Growth can come only through conflict and struggle and therefore, Gene's sense of guilt, however much he hides it, represents his attempt to make things right. He gains the knowledge of evil in himself
But whatever I said would be a self indictment; others would have to fight for me.”(174-175) Gene is so consumed by guilt that he is thinking about everything he does and how that could indicate whether or not he's guilty. This confirms how the guilt is negatively affecting him by causing him to lose his
Gene is too focused on himself and what he is feeling. He needs to trust Finny and himself. Not trusting a person can lead to a downfall in a friendship. Knowing a person very well contributes to how much trust you have in them. Finny and Gene are both roommates and best friends.
This is made clear as Bernard showcases the advanced civilization to John and John seems either unimpressed or confused about the whole situation. This is exemplified when John visits both the library and the Television Corporation factory as the savage learns about daily soma rations of the lower castes and the absence of Shakespeare in the World State. (Pg 164-165). As John continues to explore the world around him it is made very clear that he dislikes and is simply a square peg trying to fit into a circular hole, though John isn’t really trying to fit in moreover just blindly following others direction. This becomes clear to John as Bernard begins parading him around at parties as some kind of entertainment and after finally rejecting to go to one of Bernard's party the reader can see how much John is simply a tool that Bernard is using for his own social gain.