Finny the Great. This essay analyzes Earnest Hemingways Finny the Great.

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Throughout the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, there were two dominant

characters. Gene who is the narrator and Finny who is Gene's best friend have a

great relationship shown in A Separate Peace. Finny whose real name is Phineas

has three qualities, manipulation, athleticism, and is a strong leader.

Manipulation is shown all through the novel by Finny and is one of his best

assets that he has. We see his manipulation skills from getting out of trouble

when they skipped dinner to the time he made Gene first jump out of the tree.

""The reason sir is that we just had to jump out of that tree. You know that

tree...because we're all getting ready for the war...Mr. Prud'homme released his

breath with a sort of amazed laugh, stared at Finny for awhile, and that was all

there was to it'" (15,16). Finny, in this quote, gets Gene and himself out of

trouble after they skipped dinner the night before and every time they get in

trouble. In the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session he persuades Gene

to go on the jump every night even though Gene does not want to and would rather


Finny is an incredible athlete, modest, and is very brave, this is shown through

his breaking of the long-standing school swimming record and not wanting to show

off his talent. Another athletic move Finny makes is inventing a new game

called blitzball during the summer classes, which they play all the time. When

Finny breaks his leg and is never able to play sports again it devastates him.

"'Listen, pal, if I cant play sports, you're going to play them for me'" (77).

When Finny says this his anger is so high since he cannot play sports that...