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Teenage difference in the case of gene and phineas at the devon school new england

He becomes best friends with a New Englander from Boston named Phineas. Let me amend that, Phineas chooses Gene as his friend and any thoughts that Gene has of being friends with anyone else are quickly dispersed as he is pulled into the shimmering chimeric world creating and constantly maintained "And the rays of the sun were shooting past them, millions of rays shooting past them like--like golden machine-gun fire.

Let me amend that, Phineas chooses Gene as his friend and any thoughts that Gene has of being friends with anyone else are quickly dispersed as he is pulled into the shimmering chimeric world creating and constantly maintained by Phineas. So I didn't argue. Gene, maybe because he is going to school with boys from New England who have the advantage of generations of proper schooling drilled into their DNA, feels the insecurity of his origins acutely and feels the pressure to apply himself to his studies.

In fact he is in contention for the top of class until Phineas's antics start to distract him too much from his academic endeavors.

Phineas is a prophet, a boy so convinced in his own convictions that he can persuade anyone to not only do anything, but also believe in why they are doing it. One such inspired creation was to convince his friends to follow him onto a slender tree limb and use it as a springboard into the lake.

A Separate Peace

He forms a society around the event. To join, one must take the plunge. Phineas is a fine athlete and as Gene starts to weigh their relationship he starts to believe that Finny is intentionally pulling him away from his study to keep the scales of friendship out of balance. He feels his academic record compensates for Phineas's awards for athleticism.

He wants to feel equal. He wants to deserve the friendship.

Teenage difference in the case of gene and phineas at the devon school new england

When Phineas pulls him away from his French studies to attend a now ritualized lake baptism, Gene goes, but his mind is in a dark place. The results are a turning point in the book. Gene is so worried about his own insecurities he mistakes Phineas's confidence for worldly assurance. In reality, Phineas is the most naive of them all. In the enclosed environment of Devon School he can bend the world to fit his own kaleidoscopic.

For a while he can even convince himself that the ongoing war is a hoax.

Teenage difference in the case of gene and phineas at the devon school new england

But it's only the fat old men who get the joke. And Phineas of course. Betrayal begets more betrayal and Gene and Phineas both discover they are not who they perceive themselves to be. They become straw versions of themselves, so shattered and shaken that they can barely remember joys experienced mere months before.

A lifetime friendship is reduced to a fraction of it's intended span.

This book stands on the shoulders of Phineas. He is simply an amazing character who lifts a wallflower of a plot to the level of a masterpiece. I wanted to be his friend. I wanted to help him maintain his delusions. I wanted to breath life into the way he wanted the world to be. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: