What happens when one person in the relationship is overly competitive, to the point where he is hurting the friendship? Gene is jealous of Finny because he is athletic, he thinks that Finny is trying to compete with him in academics, and Finny is well liked. For example, Gene considers Finny almost like a Greek hero. Finny accels in virtually every sport, and even when he is injured Finny wants Gene to be the athlete he couldn't. Gene is slightly athletic, but not in the way Finny is, and Gene is envious of his friend.
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.
Bruno assures Shmuel that they are best friends for life. For a kid, it is very wise what Bruno is doing to calm Shmuel, even though many adults look more panic than him. Even though he is still innocent, he is brave. He does things that other kids won’t do. He curious about many things around him.
In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Phineas, who is commonly called Finny, takes on the role of a light character. Thus, Finny is portrayed to be lighthearted and kind to almost everyone, even if they arguably do not deserve it. However, Finny’s lack of ability to be skeptical eventually leads to his downfall. Throughout the novel, Finny denies various painful truths, such as Gene’s betrayal and the war, and focuses on enjoyment rather than competition because it is too difficult for him to confront reality and betray his facade of peace and happiness. When Finny tumbled out of the tree, after Gene jostled the branch, he was unable to accept the truth that Gene pushed him out of the tree, as it was too painful for him.
Manziel has it set in his mind that he is the best and nobody can ever overcome him and with that he is become a bust. I know that with our high school football team I don’t want to be remembered as the kid that had it in him, just wouldn’t put in the effort and was focused on the wrong things. Instead, Mariota is the perfect role model for high school athletes because he never stopped his grind, he did what he set out to do and is only getting better. The way I see it is one can do all the talking and get all the attention in the world but if one doesn’t do anything with it then what 's the point? The way I see it is there is always work to be done, just because I might of reached the goals I’m aiming for, doesn’t mean that’s all for me to do, someone else is working for the same goals as me.
For example “He was polite, friendly, well-groomed… he seemed extremely intelligent, I thought he was too nice a kid to be living by that hot spring with those nudist and drunks and dope smokers.” (Franz pg.51). Franz had asked Chris to be his grandson but Chris rejected him in the nicest way possible. But still Franz took Chris’s advice about doing something bigger with his life. Franz said “when Alex left for Alaska… I prayed. I asked God to keep his finger on the shoulder of that one; I told him that boy was special.
Gene – feeling bitter because he realized that “Phineas had never been jealous of me for a second... I was not the same quality as he,” (59) – took a step towards Finny, but his intention was not the same as Finny’s innocent one. Gene “jounced the limb,” (60) – on purpose – making Finny fall into the body of water unprepared. Gene, not attempting to catch Phineas before he falls is a major sign of betrayal, considering the act that Finny had done for him previously. Knowles included the look on Phineas’s face as he was falling down describing it as a face with extreme interest.
Gonna get a little place an ' live on the fatta the lan’’” (76). Their honesty always kept them on track to reach their goals. If they would have talked about their dream with no honesty, or no intent of actually pursuing it, it would have led to unhappiness and disappointment. Being honest with your friend is the easiest and one of the most important element of friendship there is. Being honest relieves so much drama and so many issues that can be caused by lying.
At this point in the story I couldn’t help but feel extremely happy, and relieved for Jackson because all he wanted to do was get his grandmother’s regalia back, it was the last thing that he had of her. Sherman Alexie did a great job of building up the characters for this story, it showed me how important culture is and to do what you believe in. Even though Jackson was homeless and did not have any money or family he was determined to get that money. The friends that Jackson meets throughout this story were, to me, excellent. The writer of this story did not go into great length to explain these characters, but he didn’t need to, because the few words that he used to explain them was enough.
They are lucky to have each other to come back to. It doesn 't matter how long they 've been away from each other, they treat each other like they never were apart. “‘She can’t touch anyone except for you’...’That seems awfully convenient.’ James narrows his eyes” (Mafi 232). Adam and James being able to joke around and mess with each other keeps their relationship alive. Them being so close shows how much love they have.