Finny’s personality is also reflected in Gene’s diction when Gene says how Finny had a “steadily widening grin,” when he “was driven down beneath a blizzard of snowballs.” This exemplifies Phineas’ personality because he was at his happiest when the tables were turned against him and there would be no chance of any distinct winners or losers. This again relates back to when Gene tells Finny that “[he] wouldn’t be any good in the war, even if nothing happened to [his] leg.” Likewise, Gene’s diction also alludes many times to the war. For example, while describing the snowball fight, he uses words such as “allies, betrayed, and generalship.” This shows, that in Gene’s case, the war is
He had always thought they were best friends and that they were always there for each other, when Finny never realized Gene only saw the competition between them, and that really shows how completely different types of people they are. The novel A Separate Peace has many great examples of betrayal and all of them help you have a better understanding of the characters specifically, the plot and the theme of the whole story. John Knowles did a great job of using the text to help the readers understand the characters and the rest of the plot in a better
Gene’s bitter attitude towards Blitzball reflects his envious personality. However, Finny exhibits a completely different attitude towards the sport which reflects his distinctive personality. Finny’s ability to create a popular game at Devon that he himself could not even win at demonstrates his charisma for fun and sports. Finny excitingly picks up a medicine ball saying, “ Now this, you see, is everything in the word you need for sports”( page 36). He then goes on openly explaining all the rules to Blitzball.
His personality was just really entertaining. He could be calm, but as soon as he lost his temper, you shouldn’t cross him. He was extremely academically based. He was very worried about his grades and studies. The author’s vocabulary and diction was another thing I really liked.
They both realized that friendship comes before competition. The title can also mean piece. At Devon High, everyone wanted their share of glory, popularity, and attention. Gene wanted his share so badly that he did something horrible. Finny and Gene had a love and hate relationship.
Kaiser: Here’s the part I like best. Thomas: Quiet! It will say that thee have grown tired of life, that thee miss the man who saved you from those wretched streets and that thee have decided to take thy life. I am already very trusted in the company. I will lead the search for thy body myself.
And fear the time when the strikes stop while the great owners live—for every little beaten strike is proof that the step is being taken.” | Pg.151 | This is one of my favorite quotes from the book. It was odd at first that Steinbeck started giving war a positive light, however after reading it over I completely agreed with the quote. Man is constantly moving forward step by step. This also reminded me of how in the book Tom was just trying to put “one foot in front of the other” so that he could deal with his situation. Men always advance and as they do, it can be a struggle so it is almost like everyone is just stumbling
A Separate Peace John Knowles is the writer of a Separate Peace. It is a book written in a unique style, its an old man coming back to his childhood school and the whole book is a flashback. His meaning of writing it was to show friendship verses the evil nature of man and how they intertwine. Gene and Finny had a intimate relationship Gene was a follower of Finny, Finny was the most athletic, daring, handsome kid in the school he was training for the Olympics. Jealousy overcame Gene one day and caused him to jounce a tree limb he and finny were jumping from therefore having finny land on the ground with a fractured leg.
“When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.”(Jarrel) This shows the dark side of war which Leper understands is the truth. When he first enlisted in the army he thought war could be fun, clean, and innocent when he film with the American cross country skiing. After joining the army he soon realized that fun does not exist in war and it can make you mad which happened to him by getting a section 8 disband for being crazy. When Leper probably grasp all of the things he would have to do mentally he realized that he could not do it and for that it made him crazy. “Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life” (Jarrel) When going to war a soldier must feel that he or she is six miles from earth and one a distant planet and that right there would make anyone go crazy being pulled out of their everyday life and being pushed in this hell hole called war would be enough for anyone to go crazy and eventually lose their hopes and
John Steinbeck made the plot interesting and the themes behind the work were truly brilliant. The book had its points were they were very descriptive but didn’t keep me interested enough. Reading through those boring parts is completely worth it though. Steinbeck makes the book easy to understand and i like that quality a lot about this book. In my opinion, I got the idea that this book was written more for the workings of the mind but at the same time Steinbeck wanted to make you feel something as you read this.