A summary of how the relationship between phineas and gene progressed in a separate peace by john kn

For a superb athlete like Finny, the loss of physical ability represents an essential loss of self, a pain expressed in his uncharacteristically bitter remark, "I've suffered!

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The class above them, the seniors, all knew they were bound to shipped off to war. After the fall, Finny determines to make the union of selves real in Gene, by training him to excel in sports as well as academics.

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They got dressed and walked to dinner. The characters names are different, from Tom Sawyer to Holden Caulfield to Gene Forrester, but the principal constituent of the story is always the same — simply, growing up. Gene's guilt remains, and still weighs upon him; and he is still unable to overcome his naivete about the flaws in his nature, and his denial surrounding the accident. Therefore, they were forced to take accelerated courses, including first aid, and improve physically in preparation. My fury was gone, I felt it gone, dried up at the source, withered and lifeless. Protagonist Gene Forrester and his best friend Phineas face the darker side of adolescence in this harrowing and thought-evoking parable. On the way home from dinner, Gene thought about how close he came to falling off that limb. Ellis, James.

Finny catches him, and then they both jump. When Finny was away, Gene made new friends and part took in activities that he found interesting, not Phineas, like clearing out the snow on the train track.

Gene's "realization" of Finny's allegedly competitive behavior "broke as coldly and as bleakly as dawn at the beach" 44 ; the simile repeats the imagery at the beginning of the chapter, suggesting daybreak as a motif and metaphor suitable to describe many aspects of the story.

This exchange again highlights the character differences between Finny and Gene, especially as Gene tries to rationalize what happened and talk around the truth in a way that obscures his guilt, and Finny addresses his thoughts in a careful way that conveys the truth of the situation, without misleading or maligning his friend in the process.

I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that. But Gene finds it hard to keep on hating Finny, because everything is so beautiful and relaxed that summer; he has to make himself feel resentment, which proves to be very hard to do.

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Phineas was the total opposite of Gene. Finny insists that Gene needs to study if he thinks he does; but Gene decides to defy Finny's advice, and, against his better judgment, goes to the jumping tree with Finny. They decided to go jump in the river gain. I had even told him. Gene also learns that Finny's leg suffered a nasty break, and that he will no longer be able to play sports while at school; Gene cannot believe the news, and bursts out crying. The irony, of course, is that Gene's own unthinking action will have terrible consequences of its own. Gene was a boy who was jealous of his best friend Phineas but ended up becoming Phineas. In addition, the scene involving the pink shirt, plus an intimate scene on the beach in which Finny sincerely tells Gene he is his best friend without receiving a response, are crucial in asserting that Gene is not altogether comfortable with his sexuality, an intuition that, as mentioned before, can be connected to adolescent insecurity. Finny tries to persuade them to jump off a branch of the tree into the river—a feat that no student of their age has ever tried before. Once they are on the tree, Gene "jostles" the limb, and Finny loses his balance and falls; Gene, unshaken, jumps into the river, seemingly without remorse or concern for his friend. As Mr. Finny enjoys himself immensely and tries to keep Gene entertained. The class above them, the seniors, all knew they were bound to shipped off to war. Just as Gene's characterization of Finny has been dependent upon and influenced by his particular feelings about his friend, Gene's anger at Finny causes him to bring up Finny's weaknesses and shortcomings, and also colors his characterization of Finny as a competitive, jealous person. However, the growing resemblance between Gene and Finny not only shows their differences, but also foreshadows their becoming like one person.

Gene projects his own feelings into Finny, which gives him excuses to be swept away by his own negativity, and indulge his less-than-complementary views about his friend as well. Finny asking Gene to continue Finny's athletic pursuits and adopt that part of his history is the first step in their melding together; Gene adopting Finny's clothes and looks in this chapter shows Gene's willingness to surrender himself to Finny, and foreshadow the coming developments in their relationship.

However, the growing resemblance between Gene and Finny not only shows their differences, but also foreshadows their becoming like one person.

Prud'homme was won over by Finny's story as teachers often were.

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Prud'homme had noticed their absence from dinner. Coming of age siphons off the innocence initially inhabiting a person as they mature becoming more aware of their surroundings and themselves. Finny jumps first to show the others that it is possible, popping up out of the river to declare how fun the jump is. That night, the Super Suicide Society gets off to a successful start as Finny convinces six other boys to sign on as inductees. The game utilizes a medicine ball that Finny has found lying around; competition in the game is not between two perpetually divided teams but rather shifts as the ball is passed from player to player. But, even more ironic is that this revelation doesn't really affect Gene's behavior or attitude toward his friend; he still causes Finny to fall from the tree, after Finny reveals that he is totally unaware of any competition. Phineas considered authority a necessary evil and didn't care about getting in trouble if they were late to eat, so he put his foot out to trip Gene then jumped on him when Gene fell onto the grass. Some critics have identified Finny as Gene's "Doppelganger," another self, wild and uncontrollable, that Gene loves but feels he must destroy. The change of seasons also foreshadows a change in Gene's life, and in his and Finny's relationship; with the passing of time, they will not be able to regain what they had in their ideal summer together, and their relationship when Finny comes back will most definitely be changed. Once he did it, he wanted to know who would go next. Finny enjoys himself immensely and tries to keep Gene entertained.
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