I am examining the friendship between Gene&Finny.Evaluate 5 scenes & indicate what they show about their virtue.I have already examine the  Headmasters' Tea and Blitzball. I am looking...

I am examining the friendship between Gene&Finny.Evaluate 5 scenes & indicate what they show about their virtue.

I have already examine the  Headmasters' Tea and Blitzball. I am looking for 3 other scenes. 

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Consider these:

Gene is willing to do things for Finny. When Finny is gone, he tells Gene that Gene has to play sports for him. Gene is depressed somewhat by Finny's absence and doesn't really want to, but because Finny says it, later returns and convinces Gene to skip class with him, Gene begins training for the 1944 Olympics. This shows tremendous loyalty, a great virtue of Gene's. Finny gets Gene to do 30 chin-ups and then gets him to regularly train around the track.

Friends encounter struggles and work through them. During the trial of chapter 11, Finny learns Gene really did push him out of the tree and therefore ended his sports career. This is incredibly hurtful, and Finny hurts himself as a result. Although Gene can't fix anything, he wants to. A few days after this second accident, Gene visits Finny and the two make amends. The ability to forgive is a serious virtue of Finny's.

In chapter 10 or 11, Brinker questions Finny's authority on the "war" and essentially puts him in his place. He further hurts Finny by calling him crippled within the next page. This discussion going on between these three guys shows that Gene has sincere empathy for his friend Finny, a virtue to be admired.

Good luck!

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