The Hostility Between Gene and Finny in A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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The Hostility Between Gene and Finny in A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Gene feels increasing hostility toward Finny before his fall from the tree. In the novel A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles, the hostility between Gene and Finny increase because of the competition inside of them both to be better then one another. It is about the increasing competition between Gene and Finny and the hostility it brings. The hostility finally burst inside Gene and for one instant it takes over. It makes him do something he will always regret. Gene’s increasing hostility towards Finny finally brings the down fall of their friendship.
Gene’s first form of hostility toward Finny was the realization that
Finny could get away with
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Gene’s envy increases to resentment of Finny making him do things he does not want to do. The first resentment is when Finny manipulates
Gene into jumping out of the tree and into the water. The only reason he resents this is that it was Fine’s fault he was up in the tree. “I (Gene) wouldn’t have been on that darn limb except for him. I wouldn’t have turned around ‘ and so I lost my balance, if he hadn’t been there.” (25)
Gene blames Finny for him almost falling even though it wasn’t really
Finny’s fault. Gene is so envious of Finny that he does not want Finny to be one step better then him for saving his life. He twists the truth to make it seem like it was Finny’s fault for him almost falling. Gene also resents the fact that Finny made up Blitzball around his physical abilities. Finny adapted the game to his own physical abilities so he could excel at it. It made a game of strength, endurance, and speed just what Finny’s abilities were. “Right from the start it was clear that no one had ever been better adapted to sports than Finny was to Blitzball.” (31) Gene is envious of
Finny making up a game that he was going to be naturally good at so, in
Gene’s mind, he can be better then him and make him look bad. His last resentment is of Finny tring to impress him with his athletic abilities. How he does this is when they first find

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