The two boys become close friends, but throughout their friendship Gene is jealous of Finny. Gene excels in academics, while Finny is fun and great athlete. Finny is the leader in the friendship and Gene feels that Finny is very controlling almost bullying him. Gene and Finny are both competitive, but Genes thinks that Finny wants to compete with him in everything. Gene is the protagonist in the story due to his competitive nature and his jealousy of Finny.
The friendship Gene and Finny have throughout the story slowly changes to envy that Gene portrays towards Finny as a result of his jealousy. Finny is only one of those sort of gentlemen that is extremely understood and individuals truly like. However, Finny is the kind of individual who is great at everything including sports and talking himself out of trouble. For example, Finny breaking the school swimming recorded lead to Gene being desirous. Gene predicts that Finny is attempting to show off his athletic ability.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) In “The Scarlet Ibis” Brother is consumed by pride, and his actions towards Doodle show it. There are many examples throughout the story of his egotistical behaviors, and the few times in which he cares for Doodle are only for his own benefit. In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother is both cruel and kinds as he helps Doodle to succeed and thrive. Throughout Doodle’s life, Brother finds continuously unpitying ways to be merciless and inhumane towards Doodle. For example, When Doodle begins crawling, Brother renamed him, calling him Doodle because, “nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” (p31) When Brother does this relentless act, he believes
He Responds to the happening commenting that “I could beat my mates at examination time,beat them in a foot race or even beat their stringy heads...and all their dazzling opportunities were theirs not mine”(Dubois,1903,pp.164). Dubois is able to push himself to be stronger than his peersin all aspects including intelligence intellect and physical strength yet he must submit to his role in society until he can produce change. This begs the question what is the reason behind injustices like these. Is this a problem. Is his problem his own or is the problem with the society he lives in at the time.
Of all intelligence and intuition attributed to man, it is not enough to overcome the characteristics that will lead to the downfall of our own kind. Such characteristics take root in man and protrude out of him no matter how hard he tries to deny their presence. Man himself is aware of these characteristics and they play a part on all forms of entertainment, and fuel almost all actions made by man. In “The Pardoner’s Tale” written by Chaucer, the theme of pride and greed leading to demise is prominent. The first deadly sin implemented into the story is pride.
Tom and Jose are similar but some of their differences set them apart. There is no doubt that Tom and Jose are both determined, but for slightly different reasons. Jose is determined to make money for himself and his family by hard labor and Tom is determined to buy his freedom by manipulation and persuading words. As these quotes state, “He began to think of the fun he had planned for this day, and his sorrows multiplied. Soon the free boys would come tripping along on all sorts of delicious expeditions, and they would make a world of fun of him for having to work—the very thought of it burnt him like fire.
Another value that was key to the success of Louie Zamperini was society. At first Louie was a delinquent trying to find endless ways to make money even if it included stealing. When people heard the name Louie they knew it involved something bad but whenever they heard the name Pete they thought good things. People referred to them as “Pete the athlete and his no-good, troublemaking brother Louie” (Benge 26). But once Louie began running and doing well in races Torrance saw the other side of Louie.
As Gene engages in new experiences, he soon realizes that he envies Finny’s abilities. Gene comes of age through his understanding of the difficult challenges in his youth. Gene’s jealousy towards Finny’s perfect personality causes him to have childish emotions, such as resentment. Gene Forrester constantly battles within himself clashing emotions, specifically, hate and envy, towards Phineas. Since he strives to be like Finny, Gene does everything in his power to shove down his feelings of hatred and jealousy.
Stephen King’s thrilling short story “Word Processor of the Gods” focuses on how technology can affect someone’s sanity. When given the chance to change their life, people take advantage of that and abuse it. Technology has taken over our lives and it could take our sanity if we let it. Some people are strong, but others are weak because they are full of envy. The dynamic character Richard was one of the weak ones because he was envious of his brother Roger.
Ender He is very smart in school but he gets abused a lot by Peter. Sometimes he is very reckless, and empathic. Graff tricks Ender into defeating the Buggers. Emotional Peter take full advantage of him and he is a “third” which means he’s an outcast to the school. He learns to be a good leader in the Battle school.