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Phineas and Gene A Comparative Study To be an opposite of something or someone means to be the furthest from being like that person or object One can say this for Gene and Phineas in the short story Phineas by John Knowles Through reading the story one comes to see that Gene is an exact opposite of Phineas One could say that Gene is insecure envious an admirer intellectual and vindictive In contrast Phineas is unconcerned self- assured influential outgoing and athletic The story begins and we are first introduced to Gene who narrates the story It is quickly apparent that Gene is insecure An example of this occurs when he finds out that he is room mates with Phineas I had seen him at a distance around the school the previous winter and gotten the impression he was bigger than IJ Knowles 100 This quotation shows our first introduction with Genes insecure character One can see this because he immediately assumed Phineas to be bigger than I100 instead of waiting to meet him and then forming an opinion that maybe Phineas would be pleasant His first impression of him was as a bully therefore we think that Gene is afraid of him which would make him insecure Another example of Genes insecurity occurs just after Gene and Phineas meet That first day standing in our comfortless room amid his clothes he began to talk and I began to listen100 This quotation shows that Gene was too afraid to say what he wanted He did not have enough courage even to interject when Phineas was talking This shows that Gene was insecure about his ideas and point of view Throughout the story we also see Gene to be very envious of Phineas An example of this occurs when Phineas and Gene were discussing sex I wasnt going to be opened up like that suitcase to have him yank out all my thoughts
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