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Explore Gene and Phineas' brother relationship referring bac

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rosa houghton

on 8 April 2017

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Transcript of Explore Gene and Phineas' brother relationship referring bac

"This was the tree, and it seemed to me standing there to resemble those men, the giants of your childhood, whom you encounter years later and find that they are not merely smaller in relation to your growth"
As the novel progresses Finny and Gene's relationship develops and the tree starts portraying more of the image of envy.
"nothing endures not a tree, not love, not even death by violence"
"The tree was tremendous, an irate, steely black steeple beside the river. I was damned if id climb it. The hell with it. No one but Phineas could think up such a crazy idea. He of course saw nothing in the slightest bit intimidating about it. He wouldn't, or he wouldn't admit it if he did. Not Phineas."
Gene returned to visit me. I wondered why at first before I remembered, I remembered how he used gawk up at me running the images of falling through my branches through his mind. Unlike Phineas, he masked his emotions putting on a face of bravery, Gene rarely knew how he actually felt, he wanted to appear strong and brave to his friend, his brother.
In this paragraph the tree is explaining Genes thoughts on how he and Phineas felt for the tree. The tree compares Gene"s personality to Phineas'. The tree explains that Phineas tries to mask his emotions, and act brave in front of others. However this is unlike Gene who likes to share his feelings.
"It was the first clumsy physical action i had ever seen him make. with unthinking sureness i moved out on the limb and jumped into the river, ever trace of my fear of this forgotten."
The tree
At the start of the novel the tree on the grounds of Devon school represents a stress free zone for the boys.
when climbing the tree with Finny, Gene slips but at the last second finny grabs his arm saving him from falling.
At this point in the novel the boys are very close but signs of envy are present in Gene.
How does Knowles symbolize the tree in link to Phineas and Gene's relationship?
By Rosa Houghton
and Sakina Virani
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