missy575:The novel explores true virtue through the nature of the friendship between Gene & Finny in a variety of scenes. My thesis above was suggested in a previous question. I have come up...

missy575:The novel explores true virtue through the nature of the friendship between Gene & Finny in a variety of scenes.

My thesis above was suggested in a previous question. I have come up with my 5 scenes. Please help me with the topic sentence for two of my BPs: Headmaster’s Tea (Finny is disrespectful, Gene is jealous – neither is virtuous) and After Trial (Finny forgives Gene, Gene visits Finny to make amends – both are virtuous). I will compare the characters but I am not sure what ‘truth is revealed about true virtue through the scene’.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I appreciate your effort to work through this and will give you as much support as possible without doing it for you.

A sample topic sentence for the Headmaster's tea paragraph might be:

At the Headmaster's Tea in chapter 2, Gene and Finny both display unattractive virtues in their developing relationship.

Then, I would go into a specific example about Finny... analyze it, and then one about Gene... analzye it.

For your other topic sentence, go with something like this,

The conditions of chapters 11-12 as Gene and Finny struggle through the truth of the tree incident publicly results in a trial or interrogation led by Brinker.

I would say the virtue demonstrated through this scene is dealing with the truth. All of us suffer consequences or growing pains in relationships. Finny deals with whether to forgive a good friend or hold that friend at a distance forever. He forgives Gene... this is a virtuous move. Gene deals his conviction for wronging a friend. We all wonder how we make up for having hurt someone. Sometimes our mind goes through several things we could do to make it up. The virtuous resolution Gene comes up with is to just go talk to him. That's probably the best conclusion we should all come to, to talk through things.

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