In A Separate Peace, if Finny had been accepted into the military, what would his job be? Why?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Having a questionable ability to move, Finny would likely have received a desk job or kitchen duty. During WWII, everyone contributed to the war. Americans were making all kinds of equipment at home for us and our allies. Remember the sewing machines that arrived on campus in the closing chapters? Finny would have only been capable of jobs like these.

However, had Finny been able-bodied, he likely would have become a squad leader and moved up the tactical ranks. Look at all the sneaky acts Finny did in the book to achieve his goals: the Winter Carnival, snow ball fights, and Blitzball. If he could maintain focus, he would have been great at understanding strategy and moving a squad away from the enemy. I can almost see him planning sneak attacks.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Interesting question.  With his injury, if Finny had been accepted into the military, he could have been a clerk, but if military superiors had had an opportunity to experience Finny's natural ability to motivate, he could have been placed in a position to spread propaganda or even to visit wounded soldiers who had returned home from the war.

It is unlikely that Finny would have been satisfied with a position that did not include his being an infantryman or part of a special forces group, for most of his confidence lies in his physical agility.

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