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Character FINNY Throughout the novel A Separate Peace there were two dominant characters Perhaps the most useful in the reading of the novel was the character of Phineas also known as Finny who supplies the qualities of a charismatic athletic and strong leader Finny is the best friend of the novels main character Gene By reading into the text and integrating the aspects of symbol and theme the reader is given a clear picture of the novel through the character of Finny Phineas is the best friend of Gene In chapter four of the novel Gene pushes Finny out of a tree and Finny breaks his leg Subconsciously Finny knows how the accident occurred but is the type of person who wants to believe that all of life is carefree he hates to acknowledge that a person could actually hurt another We see a great deal of this attitude when Finny constantly refers to WWII as something created by old fat men in order to keep young boys from having to much fun After the accident at the tree Gene attempts to tell Finny that it was him who caused the accident but Finny refuses to believe Gene Finny believes their friendship is too and in no way would either of them want to mar it Because of these feelings the thought that Gene caused the accident is more devastating to Finny than the actual physical pain The constant theme of Genes guilt provides the reasoning for most of the development of the boys friendship It seems that soon after the fall the boys friendship becomes rooted more on unstable lies rather than solid truth It is this grounding that causes the reader to see the tree transform throughout the novel as a symbol for the boys friendship Aside from being the bearer of incredible emotional and physical pain Finny also bears the personality that Gene does not Finny is placed in the novel
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