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by John Knowles

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List at least 6 quotations that illustrate Finny's personality and attitude toward life in "Separate Peace". (with page numbers)

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In John Knowles's A Separate Peace, Phineas is the best friend to Gene, who is the narrator of the story. Since Gene is the narrator, the reader only sees Phineas through Gene's eyes; however, what Finny says helps to identify his character and personality, as long as Gene is reliable. Believing that Gene does quote Finny objectively, then much can be gleaned as far as determining who Finny is by what he says. Gene's attitude toward his best friend can also help readers to understand the difference between the two boys, which in turn helps to identify Finny's personality and attitude toward life.

First of all, Phineas is the type of boy who wants to tackle life. He wants to be brave and show off his athletic abilities. For example, when the boys first encounter the tree from which they jump into the river, Finny coaxes Gene to jump by saying, "Come on, . . . stop standing there showing off. . . . When they torpedo the troopship, . . . you can't stand around admiring the view. Jump!" (17)...

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