...but the fake friend who hugs you.
We've been having a great number of discussions about the relationship between Gene and Finny.
Let's take it a step further. What does the novel tell us about human's capacity for evil and about how fear influences people's actions?
Throughout the first part of the book, Gene is in a constant battle with himself about the nature of his friendship/rivalry with Finny. At times he feels that they are bonded by competition and deep enmity. Other times, he feels that Finny is sincere, honest, and a true friend. After Finny’s injury and return to school, Gene feels it is his duty to protect Finny and enforce Finny’s ideas and beliefs even if it means not following through on his plans to enlist or personal goals. Considering Gene’s descriptions of the events in the novel, his descriptions of Finny, and his descriptions of their relationship, is it possible to argue whether or not Finny is a good friend to Gene or would Gene be better off without Finny in his life? If this is the case, what statement is Knowles making about friendship? Were they ever really friends?
If you want to get a jump on this week's activity, familiarize yourself with the following passages:
Who wants a hug?! ;-)
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