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Friendship Between Gene And Phineas In 'A Separate Peace'

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Friendship is an important part in everyone’s lives. This was true for the friendship between Gene and Phineas in the novel A Separate Peace. Gene and Phineas went to a high school called Devon during war times and were getting ready for war. Gene and Phineas were roommates and best friends. Although they had their ups, they also had their downs. So, was their relationship good or bad? In order to find the answer to that question, we must look at the bad things and the good things about their relationship. Let’s start with the good things. Gene and Finny complemented each other. Where Gene lacked in athletics, Phineas exceeded, and where Finny lacked in grades, Gene exceeded. After Finny’s tragic accident, which meant he could no longer play sports, he helped Gene become athletic to take his place. Since Finny was crippled, Gene helped him get better…show more content…
Gene thought at one point that Finny was trying to ruin his grades because Finny always made him come with him to the meetings and to play games. This drove Gene to the point where when he and Finny were on the limb of the tree, Gene bounced the limb making Finny fall and break his leg. “Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb” (Knowles pg. 60). Gene immediately regretted it and tried to tell Finny the truth, but Finny didn’t believe him. “I deliberately jounced the limb so you would fall off” (Knowles pg. 70). Besides that though Gene kept the truth from Finny and was planning on never telling him. The fact that Gene kept the truth from Finny just made it worse, and when Finny found out the truth he stormed off and fell down a flight of stairs which broke his leg again. Sadly, this led to Finny’s death. When the doctors were putting his bone back in place, a piece of bone marrow went and punctured his heart. Gene never forgave
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