One way their relationship is affected when Gene no longer trusts Finny .Gene remarked, “There was a swift chain of explosions in my brain, one certainty after another blasted- up like a denotation went the idea of any best friend, up went affection and partnership and sticking by someone absolutely in the jungle of boy’s school, up went the hope that there was anyone in school- in this world whom I could trust” (Knowles 28).Gene does not trust Finny because he thinks Finny is set out to destroy him and his studies. Gene is smart and has the chance of being top of his class, but he feels Finny do not want him to succeed. Another way Finny and Gene’s relationship is affected is when Gene jounced the tree causing Finny’s accident and lies but get caught in the process. Leper comments, “One of them was next to the trunk, holding the trunk of the tree. I’ll never forget that because the tree was a huge black shape too, and his hand touching the black trunk anchored him, if you see what I mean, to something solid in all the bright fire they were standing in up there .And the other one was a little further out on the limb” (Knowles 105).Finny was hurt when he finds out Gene caused the accident and lied about it.
You are both coldly driving ahead for yourselves alone. You did hate him for breaking that school swimming record, but so what? He hated you for getting an A in every course but one last term” (53). Gene thinks that everything is a game when it comes to the relationship between him and Finny and that they have to be equal. He believes that Finny is always trying to be better than him and that he is jealous of him for getting and A in every course.
“The real story is not the plot, but how the characters unfold by it,”(Vanna Bonta). Brother, a character from the story “The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst, is a character unlike others from various stories. He is not described as a normal character and he does not find himself to be in a position of unknown power nor does he go on a great adventure. Brother recognizes the “evil” inside of himself and has sociopathic tendencies towards a family member. He shows no signs of guilt towards what he is doing to his brother until it kills him and despite all this, he is neither the hero nor the villain of the narrative.
When Mr. Patch-Withers asks about the belt, Gene says “This time he wasn’t going to get away with it. I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that.” (27). Gene wants to see his best friend get in trouble, which is when we first see an example of his inner savagery. His jealousy of Finny will build up and cause him to intentionally hurt Phineas.
I think Brother would live with the constant guilt of taking Doodle’s life. I also think he was responsible for Doodle’s actual death since he took no precautions to save him. So it seems as if Brother would have been living with guilt either way. How does the theme of innocence tie into this
Some may say that George made mistakes too. Yes, George made mistakes such as telling Lennie to hit Curley, but none of his mistakes caused deaths. Furthermore, he didn’t have a disability. Lennie’s disabilities and innocence was what differed the effect of their mistakes. George made an excellent decision by killing Lennie.
Appearances can be deceiving as wells as looks. Eric the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher has made many bad choices in the book tangerine hurting his family and the people around him. Erik has made choices that have extraordinarily impacted people lives being a criminal. Erik, just coming out of his junior breakout season in Houston, now has to move to tangerine where he will play his last high school football season with the Lake Windsor Seagulls. Already having fame and glory on his back, he knows that Tangerine is the perfect place where he can rule over people, not even knowing the monster that he truly is.
The main purpose Gene had in the novel was to beat his fellow 's students, he went to extreme lengths to become the best. “Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb. Finny, his balance was gone, swung his head around to look at me for an instant with extreme interest…” (page 59-60). Gene and his jealousy towards Finny overtook Gene and he jolted Finny off the branch resulting in him breaking his leg and not being able to play sports. Finny not being able to play sports anymore that meant Gene was next in line for the top athlete at Devon.
Douglass was not exempted from this; and perhaps due to his intelligence and young age at the time, he suffered great depression and suicidal thoughts. All this mental suffering originated from learning about exactly what freedom is and that he would never have it since he was a slave for life. Here Douglass reveals in his own words the degree of depression understanding his condition made him suffer: “I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed.” (40) By saying that he “regretted my own existence, and wished myself dead”, Douglass reveals to the reader that he would have preferred never to have been born, to having been born in slavery divested of any probable chance at freedom. To Douglass the hope of gaining freedom, no matter how slight, was the only thing keeping him going. That without freedom, without liberty, life was not worth living.