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The Friendship Between Gene And Finny In A Seperate Peace

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Allison GonzalezMrs. MackAmerican Literature14 April 2014A Separate PeaceFriendship is an amazing sometimes complicated relationship. Friendships can be born in many different ways. Sometimes they develop through family, as family members introduce one another to other relatives and friends. Another way is through church, people who gather and believe in similar things and become closer to one another. Othersfriendships develop through school, having the same class with someone or being someone's roommate. No matter how friendships develop, a good friendship is priceless. In A Separate Peace, as we evaluate the different friendships, we find that life changing relationships can be born out ...view middle of the document...

Gene sees that Finny is so good at sports without even trying. According to the article The Ethics of Envy "The number one trigger of envy: Feelings of incompetence" (Shuchat 1). This quote explains why Gene feels like Finny is so good, that he needs to be better than him and compete with him to be even with him. In the book Gene says, "Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies" (Knowles 53). He convinces himself that Finny is trying to ruin his academics so then he will get no award and Finny will get an award for athletics. In the research article "Machiavellianism, Competition And Self-Disclosure In Friendship." "Competition is one of the most disliked aspects of friendship" (Brewer 2). The school the boys went to was very competitive. They would mock other students if they were different or slower than the rest and if someone tried to stick up for another person they would turn their attention on that person for trying to help.The boys at Devon always picked on Leper for being eccentric but as Gene gets to know Leper more, especially during Finny's absence, he begins to appreciate Leper as a person. In the book it states "With Leper it was always a fight, a hard fight to win when you were seventeen years old and lived in a keyed up, competing school, to avoid making fun of him. But as I gotten to know him better this fight had been easier to win" (Knowles 96). Gene did not get along well with Leper but then they became close and became friends, showing us that friendship can be born out of conflict.Another conflict in the story was between Gene and Quackenbush. Gene becomes an assistant senior crew manager of a team while Finny is away and has to work for Quackenbush. One day after practice Quackenbush begins to insult Gene about how he cannot play a sport so he has to be an assistant manager. Gene gets frustrated and hits him and they begin to fight. Once the fight is over Gene says he fought for Finny but then he asks himself if he fought Quackenbush for Finny or himself. He says "It didn't feel exactly as though I had done it for Phineas. It felt as though I had done it for myself" (Knowles 80). Finny had taught him to stand up for himself and not let anyone put him down, by being his own person and not letting what others say get to him.The biggest conflict in the book is when Finny is betrayed by Gene. Finny was such a good friend to Gene, he loved him, told him things he would get mocked for, and treated Gene like his equal. Finny tell him "…you can't come to the shore with anybody and you can't come by yourself, and at this teen-age period in life the proper person is your best pal…which is what you are" (Knowles 48). Finny exposed a sincere emotion to Gene and Gene could not even say it back to him because he knew he was envious of Finny and could not be his friend if he was beneath him. This is so selfish of Gene not only does he reject Finny as a friend but then he wants to try to get even with Finny.Gene...

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