Blog : #1

In the book A Separate Peace I have observed two main characters Gene and Finny. They are polar opposites of each other. Gene is a very intelligent, school-oriented student, while Finny, on the other hand, is a very good athlete and can get away with anything because of his charm. I wonder how Gene and Finny are able to be best friend seeing as they are so different. One scene from the book that stood out to me was when Finny and Gene were at the Headmaster’s tea party and Gene was certain that Finny was going to get in trouble because Finny wore his tie as a belt because he wasn’t together enough to have a proper belt. With his charm, Finny persuade the headmaster that he had a good reason for doing what he did and avoided getting into trouble once again. This stands out to me because I can relate to this since i’ve know people that can talk there way out of anything, but I sure can’t. When Gene was at the headmaster’s tea party and witnessed Finny as he was wearing the tie in a wrong manner and using it as a belt, Gene thought, “This time he wasn’t going to get away with it. I could feel the myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that.” (pg 20) Gene most likely felt happy that Finny was going to get in trouble because finny never does.    

The yin-yang symbol describes the personalities of Gene and Finny’s characters. Gene would be Yin (black) since his character is intuitive, shy, and soft. On the other hand, Finny would be the Yang (white) since his character is positive, athletic, and logical. Overall I think that the yin-yang symbol really captures Gene and Finny’s friendship since one of the meaning of this yin-yang symbol is to complement each other. For example: soft and hard, water and ice there both different but similar at the same time.
– Becca Sibbett 


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