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The fact that Finny, who outwardly denies that the war exists or who criticizes involvement in the war, finally admits to Gene that he is interested in and wants to be involved himself in the war efforts is significant because it allows Gene to see that Finny has had his own struggles too. Finny has been writing to various world armies to see if they will accept someone like him who has had such a bad injury. This helps Gene see that Finny is not invincible and is not someone to be hated or even competed with--he is simply another human who is trying to find his purpose in life.
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