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The book A Separate Piece by John Knowles revolves around the theme of rivalry which naturally occurs between humans as a result of human nature With this rivalry occurring naturally between humans it is inevitable that any relationship is vulnerable to destruction due to this rivalry within all humans Things that may occur from rivalry are envy resentfulness and worst of all pain as a result When a close bond is shared between two people each person cares about the other But because of that the bond is more vulnerable to being ruined because any form of mistrust or betrayal is more likely to be taken more seriously than in an informal relationship where everything is naturally taken in less personally An example would be when Finny finally discovers and accepts the truth that Gene purposefully caused his accident on the tree As Finnys emotions are expressed The words shock Phineas into awareness He whirled as though being attacked from behind You get the rest of the facts Brinker he cried I had never seen Finny crying you collect every f--ing fact there is in the world 169 Demonstrated in this passage Finny is deeply hurt after realizing all these years that Gene intentionally cause his fall from the tree The fact that their relationship is so close and are very close friends also causes Finny to be hurt deep down inside as he feels his best friend had betrayed him As exemplified from the passage He whirled as though being attacked from behind this summarizes how he feels as if he though he was backstabbed Sometimes in relationships that close one does not know he or she is doing something to make the other person upset or envious even when he or she doesnt mean to cause any jealousy or resentment in the relationship This can go on and on subtly until one reaches a point where they begin to resent the other opening
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