Character Analysis - Finny

Character Analysis - Finny

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  • Finny is one of the main characters in A Separate Peace
  • Finny is also the focus of the the main conflict in the story
  • Finny attends Devon's summer session along with Gene. This is where they become friends
  • Finny was athletic, he even created his own game after he became bored with school games.
  • Quote, "'I think it’s about time we started to get a little exercise around here, don’t you?' he said, cocking his head at me. Then he slowly looked around at the others with the expression of dazed determination he used when the object was to carry people along with his latest idea. He blinked twice, and then said, 'We can always start with this ball.'"
  • Finny was also very good of talking himself out of situations.
  • "Mr. Patch-Withers’ face had been shifting expressions and changing colors continuously, and now it settled into fixed surprise. “I never heard anything so illogical as that in my life!” He didn’t sound very indignant, though. “That’s probably the strangest tribute this school has had in a hundred and sixty years.” He seemed pleased or amused in some unknown corner of his mind. Phineas was going to get away with even this."
  • Finny is genuine and sees the good in everyone.
  • Finny, A Separate Peace -"I think I believe you, I think I can believe that. Then that was it. Something just seized you. It wasn’t anything you really felt against me, it wasn’t some kind of hate you’ve felt all along. It wasn’t anything personal.”
  • Finny is very forgiving because he looks for the good in people.
  • While Finny may have pure motives they can often be considered selfish.
  • One example of Finny wanting to adventure off, "'Let’s go to the beach.'
  • This both interests Gene and makes him jealous.
  • This is an example of Gene becoming jealous, "I believed him. The joking manner was a screen; I believed him. In front of my eyes the trigonometry textbook blurred into a jumble. I couldn’t see. My brain exploded. He minded, despised the possibility that I might be the head of the school."
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