The friendship between Gene and Finny in ASP

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Allison Gonzalez

Mrs. Mack

American Literature

14 April 2014

A Separate Peace

Friendship is an amazing sometimes complicated relationship. Friendships can be born in many different ways. Sometimes they develop through family, as family members introduce one another to other relatives and friends. Another way is through church, people who gather and believe in similar things and become closer to one another. Othersfriendships develop through school, having the same class with someone or being someone's roommate. No matter how friendships develop, a good friendship is priceless. In A Separate Peace, as we evaluate the different friendships, we find that life changing relationships can be born out of conflict.

Some friendships are sparked by our individual differences. Gene and Finny were polar opposites and yet all of these differences did not hinder them from developing a meaningful friendship. Gene had a quiet, solitary, intellectual personality. On the other hand, Finny had an extroverted, carefree, athletic demeanor.

Yet in spite of their differences, as friends they complimented each other. Finny brought out the adventurous spirit in Gene and Gene helped Finny be more aware of his actions and how they affected others.

Finny and Gene were roommates at Devon school and became friends instantly. Gene realizes that they were best friends when they went to go jump off the tree and Finny was right there with him. Everyone knew that they were best friends, they were inseparable. However,Gene began to believe that Phineas could do things that he could not and that caused him to feel that he was the underdog. At one point he states "I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn't help envying him a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little"...