What is the allusion in a separate peace?
Lazarus was a bishop who was raised from the dead by Jesus, according to the New Testament of the Bible, four days after his death. As Gene watches Finny sleeping on the beach, he seems so quiet and peaceful that it reminds Gene of Lazarus. Referencing the Bible in these sentences is an example of allusion.
How was Gene eluded by a word from Phineas?
“So the war swept over like a wave at the seashore, gathering power and size as it bore on us, overwhelming in its rush, seemingly inescapable, and then at the last moment eluded by a word from Phineas; I had simply ducked, that was all, and the wave’s concentrated power had hurtled harmlessly overhead.” Explain.
What is Phineas perspective on sports?
“You always win at sports,” he tells Gene, meaning that everyone wins, no matter what happens in a given game. In this sense, Finny sees all of life as a certain kind of sport, constantly testing himself because he has nothing to lose—after all, “you always win at sports.”
What do sports represent in A Separate Peace?
Recurring at various points in the novel, athletics symbolically enhance the bond between Gene and Phineas, and at times augment Gene’s envy. Athletics in the novel A Separate Peace are used to represent Gene and Phineas’ states of mind, to reflect their emotions, and to strengthen the story’s theme.
Why is it difficult for Gene to express his feelings for Finny at the beach?
Although Gene and Phineas are best friends, Gene hides his emotions because he doesn’t trust the relationship due to its competitive nature. Gene is intimidated by Phineas because Finny is charismatic and athletic. Finny can get any adult or student to do what he wants them to do or agree with him on any topic.
What is Finny’s opinion on sports?
Always the true innocent, Finny sees no difference, really, between his philosophy of life and his philosophy of sports. Sports, he paradoxically believes, produces only winners and never losers — and so it is with life, he assumes.