Chapter 3: The Game
"It was a courageous thing to say....I should have told him then that he was my best friend also... I started to;I nearly did. But something held ,e back. Perhaps I was stopped by that feeling, deeper than thought, which contains the truth." (Knowles)
The pool story about how Finny broke the school record is important to remember. Finny did something unbelievable but he doesn't want anyone to know about it. He doesn't enjoy the acknowledgment but rather the joy of just knowing he can do something. Which is something Gene is upset about because if it were him he would want people to know. This is like the pink shirt situation, he wishes he could be like Finny.
The beach is very important because it shows 1.) Gene following Finny once again, 2.) Finny's real carefree nature and throughout the narraration we realize Gene's real feelings about breaking the rules, and 3.) at the end Finny reveals a secret that to the readers might not be a big deal but to those boys is. Finny tells Gene that he actually is his best pal. Gene however doesn't say anything back because he's not sure what he really feels.
Today I saved Genes life, I am a hero!! I did make him go up there but you need to love a little sometimes. For this reason I created the SSSSS. This is my suicide society. I feel like these boys need to be more adventurous and take risks. I had all of us jump off the tree limb. If I'm being honest sometimes I don't want to do it but I need to so I don't ruin my reputation. Especially Gene, I worry about him sometimes. I made a game called blitz ball. Some people seemed to like it more than others but I was really good at it and that's what mattered. I was getting really mad at Zane for being such a ball hog. He wouldn't throw it to me which made me upset considering it was my game. My game is getting really popular at Devon and I couldn't be happier about it. Gene is always worrying so much about school and everything stressful in his life so I took tonight. We went to the beach and for the first time I saw Gene not caring about the stupid things in life. He couldn't stop complaining about his trigonometry test but besides that we had fun and that what he needed. He did fail his test the next day which I felt bad about considering he had never failed before and I was the reason for it. I felt this sort of connection toward Gene when we were there and I let him know he's truly my best friend.
Chapter 4 : Fearless
"Any fear I had ever had of the tree was nothing beside this. It wasn't my neck, but my understanding which was menaced. He had never been jealous of me for a second. Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us. I was not of the same quality as he" ( Knowels 59).
I chose this photo because it represents when Finny forced Gene to come to the beach on a school night and how Gene for the first time came out of his shell. Also Finny went night swimming in the ocean right before they left.
This photo was selected because this chapter was the first time Gene got a bad grade. He stayed out very late with Finny and did horribly on his trigonometry test which was a big deal for Gene.
Last night was one of the best and worst decisions of my life. Finny had come In my room late and wanted to bike to the beach. Initially I thought the idea was stupid and I wasn't going to go. Somehow Finny has a way of convincing me to do anything he asks so I went. I knew I should've been studying for my test and that's all I could think about the entire ride there. It was a long ride to the beach considering how far we were from it which only made me more nervous about the whole situation. However, something happened when we arrived at the beach. I didn't want to admit it but I felt a sense of relief, like everything I had been working so hard at didn't even matter anymore. In that moment I wanted to thank Finny for getting me out of my head, but I couldn't do that. Anything and everything didn't seem to matter in that short amount of time we were there. Of course I still talked about being stressed about the test but inside I wanted to run and swim and never go back to the time I didn't feel like this. When we arrived home back at Devon, everything came back to relality and I had a test to take. I was so tired I could barely think straight. All the formulas were jumbled up in my brain and I didn't know which one was for which problem. As soon as I left the classroom I knew what my grade was going to be and I couldn't take my mind off Chet. He was so smart and I was so nervous he would be me in class rank because if the failure i just took. I'm beginning to think that maybe going with Finny wasn't such a great idea.
CHAPTER 5: Confession
"'I deliberately jounced the limb so you would fall off.' ... 'Of course you didn't do it. You damn fool. Sit down, you damn fool.'" (Knowles 70)
This picture represents the infirmary where Finny was after his fall. This is where Gene had the realization that Finny really was his friend and never tried to actually hurt and sabotage him.
This is significant because Finny shattered his leg bone. He is now at his home in Boston recovering. While he's recovering, Gene stops by and confesses to Finny about the fall and how it was his fault but Finny doesn't believe him.
Diary #5: Finny's POV
I swear the damn fool is going insane. Today, after not seeing me since I left Devon, Gene visited me. However, it wasn't as pleasant as I wish it would have been. I think being at Devon alone for this long is causing him to go crazy. He tried to convince me that he was the cause of my fall, he jumped on the branch in order to make me fall. Isn't that completely crazy?! Like Gene do that, to me. Weird, right? I mean I don't really remember why I fell but it couldn't be because of him. He's my best friend, he would never do that. But he did look guilty. What if he did cause me to fall and his outbursts at the infirmary. It might be possible... no no he wouldn't we're friends. Hes waiting for me to get back. He cares. The sad thing is that I no longer can do what I love and am good at. Sports. The doctor says I will definitely be able to play but there's no way I'll be able to play sports. I guess I should be happy I'm not losing a limb but still, it saddens me. However, without sports it could be possible I could put some more effort into school. Who knows maybe I could be top of the class like Gene wants to be. I doubt it but who knows. I wonder what I will do now.
Chapter 6: Morphing
"I thought the issue was settled until at the end he said, 'Listen, pal, if I can't play sports, you're going to play them for me,' and I lost part of myself to him then, and a soaring sense of freedom revealed that this must have been my purpose from the first: to become a part of Phineas" (Knowles 85).
I chose this photo because a large majority of this chapter is how Gene is attempting to be involved in sports and how Finny tells Gene that he needs to play sports for him since he is currently unable to .
This is a good representation of how Gene feels like he is becoming Finny. First he started wearing his clothes and now ever since Finny has asked Gene to play sports for him he feels as is he is becoming Phineas himself.
When I came back to school I felt a sense of peace knowing that the summer session was finally over and it was fall now. All the boys attended the church service which seemed weird to me because of how many rules we broke over the summer and all the trouble we got ourselves into. I'm glad I have the same room as the one I had shared with Finny last year. I was also happy that Leper was right across the hall from me until he has to switch with Brinker. Walking to the crew house always reminded me of Finny with the river and his daring acts. When I saw Quackenbush walk by me I tried at all costs to avoid him, I hate him. I was fine with him making of fun of me for being crew manager because I was almost used to stuff like that. His next comment is what really got me fired up. He called me maimed. Something inside of me builded with adrenaline and I have never had this feeling before. I tried to stop but the next thing I knew I had already punched him square in the face. I would like to say that I did it for Finny but deep down I know that this one was more for me. After the Frantic situation I was pleased to hear that I had a long distance phone call from Finny. He was in a pretty good mood then of course we got on the topic of sports. I wish he would be okay with me being crew manager but he wasn't. He wants me to play the sports for him because he is un able to. All I know now is that my purpose is to becoming as much like Finny as I possible can. I will be the new Phineas of Devon.
Chapter 7: The Dungeon
"The war would be deadly all right. But I was used to finding something deadly in things that attracted me; there was always something deadly lurking in anything I wanted, anything I loved. And if it wasn't there, as for example with Phineas, then I put it there myself." (Knowles 101)
This picture is significant because at the beginning of the chapter Brinker goes to Genes room and teases him about "killing his roommate" to get a room alone. They together go down to the smoking room to smoke some cigarettes and all the boys down there are coming up with their theories to what happened with Finny and Gene. Gene manages go crack a few jokes but soon leaves.
The boys go to shovel snow out of the train tracks so they can pass. The boys all realize that the war is a bore seeing as they can't do anything while they're at school. As they finish a group of soldiers pass by. The boys all cheer them on before realizing they're all the same age as them, but unlike them they're being "boys" instead of "men". This encounter leads Brinker to say he's going to enlist in the war tomorrow.
Diary #7: Gene's POV
What an eventful day. What started off as a day of shoveling turned into something else. As we were coming back from shoveling the train tracks after the group of soldiers walked by we were all discussing how stupid it is to learn Latin when we are at war. This conversation had me intrigued because I wonder if one of the boys was closer to making the decision of enlisting AND THEN IT HAPPENED! We ran into Leper after he came back from skiing to find that Beaver dam he was looking for and Brinker just lost it! He's the first one to leave! How crazy, to think just a little before he had been in Fin- well my room, interrogating me about what had happened. I wonder if he'll like it. I'm thinking about doing it myself. It might not be the best but it's better than wasting time here. No one can tell me not to, well at least no one could. I think I forgot to mention who came back today. To ruin my happiness once again, Finny is back. He can't stop me though. But he just HAD to come back now. So typical of him. He didn't even give a warning. Let's see where his arrival will lead me to now.
Chapter 8: Take My Place
" 'What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love'. I didn't think that this was true,my seventeen years of experience had shown this to be more false than true, but it was like every other thought and belief of Finny's: it should have been true. So I didn't argue" (Knowles 111).
I chose this photo because Gene and Brinker start to actually take the army in to consideration. FInny feels weird about this and disagrees with them both which becomes a bigger part of the novel.
This phot o is significant to this chapter because it is a representation of how Finny sees things. He is no longer eligible to comepete in the Olympics, therefore he is training Gene for the supposide "44" Olympic Games.
After a long night I finally got to get some rest. Unfortunately in the morning Brinker barged into our room talking about the army. I can't stand that he thinks he can just run in and do whatever he wants like he's the boss of the entire world. I couldn't believe what he was talking about with Gene. Brinker honestly wanted Gene to Enlist in the army. That had to be the stupidest thing I had ever heard. Even worse, Gene was actually considering it. He had never talked to me about this before so why now. I really love the winter. In the same way I love winter, it loves me too. It loves me back because that's how it should be. Gene didn't agree with me but that's only because he never understood things that weren't based off science and facts. Gene told me that he isn't trying out for any sport. This frustrates me because the war has swallowed him too. Just like it had swallowed everyone else. He doesn't realize that I've suffered. I hide it as much as I can but sometimes you hit your mark. I continue to train Gene because he is going to be in the Olympics just as I was going to be. I don't care what he says, there will be a 44 Olympics becaus the war isn't real. I don't care what the teachers say either. I know what is right and wrong in the world at my view point.
CHAPTER 9: Cloud 9
“It wasn't the cider which made me surpass myself, it was this liberation we had torn from the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this afternoon of momentary, illusory, and separate peace”(Knowles 137)
This is a picture of ski troops during WW2 and the reason I picked this picture is because of Leper. He is the first of the boys to enlist which comes as a shock to everyone. The ski troopers came to their school and Leper was interested in the idea of skiing to help the cause. While his enlist becomes a joke to most of the boys it's still an important part.
The telegram represents the telegram a that Gene received towards the end of the chapter from Leper. It's important to thisnchapter because it ruins Gene's peace and happy vibe. The vibe all the boys had at the carnival Finny planned. It knocks him off of cloud nine and back into reality and the war and all the things he was trying to forget.
Diary #9: Finny’s POV
The carnival was a huge success! Those boys really owe me a lot. That was the most fun we've all had in such a long time. It was a great hit. The cider was amazing! The games were oh so fun. It's what we all needed, with this war nonsense. Which reminds me Leper left to enlist. Enlist in what! This whole war this is all a big theory. He would be the one to believe in it. However, the jokes that the boys make in the Butt Room are amusing. I even cracked a joke myself. Not because I wanted to believe in that nonsense but I just thought of one. I rather not spend all my time smoking and thinking of poor Leper in unrealistic scenarios. Instead, I training my buddy, Gene for the Olympics. This boy, had potential and skill and was just wasting it away in that body. He should thank me for helping him accomplish this. He doubts he can make it but when I set my mind I accomplish and I will make sure he makes it. But who knows, since apparently he's Leper's new best friend, maybe he doesn't want to try. Sometimes I think it's not fair. I should be the one training, Gene doesn't even want it. Every now and then I think of that day when Gene came to visit me at home and his confession. I think he was probably just feeling guilty because he felt like it was his fault. He wouldn't do that to me, but sometimes it feels like I don't even know him.
Chapter 10: psychotic
" 'The army doesn't give out passes and then say Come back when you've had enough, hear?' " (Knowles 143).
I chose this photo because I think it's a accurate representation of Lepers mind and how he feels about the war and every situation in his life currently.
I chose this photo because I feel like this is how Gene felt when Leper started crying. He didn't want to hear anything Leper was saying and seeing him cry made him want to hide which I think was important to the story
Diary #10: Leper's POV
Psycho. That's what they called me. I was-am a psycho. But I'm not! Nothing is wrong with me- something is wrong with them! I had to escape. I just had to, they could ruin my life. Well more than they did. Everyone keeps telling me the faces and body and legs were all in my head. But it wasn't! I saw it! Then that boy, Gene. A complete savage, a monster and liar. If anyone's psycho it's him! Always has been. Everyone is! It's not just me! I don't get much sleep anymore. My thought keep me up. Thoughts just twirl around in my head. But sometimes- sometimes I'll see it all again when I close my eyes. I'll see Brinker but it's not him. I'll see the legs everywhere e and I'll wake up. My mom will rush in and ask what's wrong but I just laugh. I can't stop it and then somehow I just stop. Everything stops. I wonder what it would be like to go back to the days at Devon. When I could ski and look at the beavers. I want to go back. I miss it. But I don't think it'll ever be the same. I don't think I will. I even caused my best friend to run away. Maybe I am psycho. But I think everyone has a little psycho. Even the perfect ones. Finny and Gene. They aren't perfect. Gene tried to kill Finny. He won't admit it but I know it. I can't be so psycho if I understand this. Right?
Chapter 11: The Trial
"If a war can drive somebody crazy, then it's real all right. Oh I guess I always knew, but I didn't have to admit it."
The snowballs represent the snowball fight that Gene found Finny in the middle of. Which they have an important conversation and it foreshadows what happens at the end. It's also an ironic part because Finny insists that his leg will get stronger yet that never happens.
This picture was already used at the beginning but now it has a different meaning. These are the staircases that Finny fell down, that ruined his life. It has a different meaning but the story makes more sense.
Diary #11: Gene's POV
The boys at this school are just unbelievable. They dragged Finny and I out of our room to take us to some dumb trial. They ambushed me and accused me of pushing Finny! How dare they. I knew Brinker always had it out for me. Can't trust any of them. I'm worried about Finny though! He hurt himself somehow. He fell down the stairs I think I'm not sure I didn't see it firsthand. However, I don't know what's going to happen. I'm very worried for him I had a bad feeling earlier. He was playing with snowballs while still in his cast and I just felt it. Although he assured me he was going to be fine I knew something was going to happen. I told him to take it easy but he didn't listen to me. Just like the boys. No one listens to me. I didn't commit it... at least not on purpose. Then Leper came in! The boy is insane so you think no one would take him into consideration, but no. He is the only witness but he wouldn't tell anyone what happened. He didn't want to implicated himself! Like as if it's a crime! Nothing happened. I think. I'm worried I don't know what's next. I just hope Finny is okay. I in a way caused this all. I caused the first the accident and now he's hurting because of it.
HEADS UP: A Seperate Peace Style
Objective:Guess as many things on the card in 30 seconds.
- Guessing Cards
How to Play:
1.) Players will shuffle the guessing cards
2.) Without looking at the card one player will put a card on a headband
3.) Player tries to guess what they have on the headband and if they get it right they pick a new one
4.) Whoever gets the most in 30 seconds wins
Chapter 12: Painful reality
"None of them ever accused me of being responsible for what had happened to Phineas, either because they could not believe it or else because they could not understand it. I would have talked about that, but they would not, and I would not talk about Phineas in any other way" (Knowles ).
I chose this photo because it describes how Gene felt toward Finny when he was in the hospital. His heart broke when he heard the news and knowing it was still his fault made him feel even worse. Also I think deep down this is how Gene felt when Phineas died.
I chose this photo because it is significant to Finny's character . He has many problems but he is still writing letters to people in attempt to get into the war. Everyone is telling him that he would be useless but he refuses to believe it and continues on.
Finny hurt himself and was rushed the hospital. I was so terrified I didn't even know what to do with myself. I tore me up inside watching the doctors help Finny instead of me. I am always the one who helps Finny. He never got help from anyone so this was hard for me to watch. When the doctor walked out my heart had never raced faster than it did in that moment. When he told me that his leg was broken I was really upset. He ordered me back to my room but I just couldn't go. I ran to the bushes outside the window and waited, I couldn't leave him. When the time was right I tried calling for Finny but he seemed so mad at me. I even tired to apologize but nothing was working so I just left. I resorted to walking around campus. I realized that y entire expeierince at Devon has been me sleep walking. I felt as if I had been a ghost this entire time and nothing at all was real. I wish none of it had at least. In the morning. The doctor left me a note saying to bring Finny clothing but that was the last thing I wanted to do considering the way he talked to me last night. I ended up going anyway. Finny kept talking about war as if he was even able to be in it. He is crazy if he think that he could ever be in the war after something like this. I tried changing the subject to something that had been on my mind non stop, the accident. Finny ended up believing me when I told him it was blind impulse which made me feel somewhat better about the situation. I left the infirmary waiting for Finny to be out of surgery. After a long wait the doctor came out and gave me some of the most shocking news I've heard in a long time. Finny was dead. I felt numb when I heard this news. I still sometimes feel like it isn't real, but it is. The undeniable truth was right before my eyes.
Chapter 13: Into the new
"There is no stage you comprehend better than the one you have just left, and as I watched the Jeeps almost asserting a wish to bounce up the side of Mount Washington at eighty miles an hour instead of rolling along this dull street, they reminded me, in a comical and a poignant way, of adolescents" (Knowles ).
I chose this photo because this is the point in the book where the war is really coming into play for the boys and they are getting advice about how to stand up to this challenge in their lives.
I chose this photo because Gene doesn't think that Finny is fully dead. He feels as though he is still roaming the halls of Devon and that he still lurks in the hearts of all the boys.
Diary #13: Gene POV
It's done. My battle is done. My time at Devon is done. My time with Finny is done. It's all done. The future is what I am waiting for now and I don't know what it might hold. Everything is different, everything has changed. Finny's gone but he's still here for me. It's all real though. The war is real. I'm going to it. I'm enlisted. I will go serve my country and fight thIs enemy too. I will try to do what Brinker's Father suggested enjoy my time. However, I do agree with Brinker. I just find it crazy that soon I will be partaking in this war. This is my future, I am done at Devon everything I did there is left there. My enemy was killed there it is time for a fresh start. It's just interesting to think what happened to us all. Finny is gone, Leper is insane. It's just me and Brinker. I am however grateful for my time at Devon. For the memories and time I spent there. I learned a lot also. I learned to fight my enemy even if it didn't end well. I would like to say thank youto Devon and especially to Finny because I know I will always feel him here.