A Separate Peace

How did his experience in the water parallel his relationship with Finny??


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When Finny and Gene finally reach the ocean, it seems to resemble Finny in its appearance and qualities. The "salty, adventurous, flirting wind" seems to symbolize Finny especially, and mirrors his daring, omnipotent qualities (39). As Gene says, Finny "was everywhere, he enjoyed himself hugely"; this description seems to cement his association with the light, refreshing breeze, and reinforces Finny's connection with the sea.

In this section, Finnt is all about recklessness and show, but he doesn't even have to try..... Gene has to try. The scene in the water is very like their relationship. Finny is always pushing Gene to do more..... challenging him without always getting the best of responses.