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The Mind Murders the Body By Sina Samie Adolescent friendships are of the most complex companionships due to the suppressed feelings of contempt one child may feel toward another The deterioration of the complex friendship of Gene and Phineas is brought about in John Knowles A Separate Peace by the combination of their envy and denial Finny and Gene begin their summer of 1942 with the illusion of a great companionship Genes paranoia and envy disrupt the relationship between him and Finny As their friendship disintegrates Finny and Gene deny that the problems in their alliance even exist which in turn leads to a tragic catastrophe Gene and Finny initiate their summer of 1942 with the false perception that their friendship is flawless At the beginning of the story Gene seems to accept Finnys superior athletic ability but he resents what he feels was Finny flaunting his abilities Finny demonstrates his superior agility to Gene when he grabs Genes hand lending him support when he loses his balance during one of their routine jumps from a towering tree Gene feels that he should not feel any rush of gratitude toward Phineas because he does not like feeling clumsier than Finny Instead he blames his presence in the tree on Phineas Finny also has the role of being the leader in their friendship They sustain the balance of the friendship when Phineas thinks of something to do and Gene supports him The problem with this is that Gene only trails Finny so that he would not lose face with him Gene never speaks up when he has a problem hereby damaging their lines of communication Another principal factor that dissolves the bond between them is Genes jealousy Gene is envious of Finnys athletic and social power Finny has the ability to talk his way out of any tough situation if he attempts to manipulate someone that person might show a flow of simple unregulated friendliness
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