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turned around and so lost my balance, if he hadn?t been there. I didn?t need to fell any tremendous rush of gratitude toward Phineas.?(Knowles, 25) This is when Gene knows he was out of his reality and into Finny?s world, and Finny?s world could have taken his life. This game goes on to progress into a more warlike atmosphere. Gene goes on to explain how he and Finny signed up trainees on the spot and how they initiated them every night. This is like the basic training and initiating of real soldiers in a war. Finny also creates another game that substitutes for the real war: Blitzball. It is known that this game is related to the war because a boy present during the invention of the game, Bobby Zane says, ?Let?s make it have something to do with war.? (Knowles, 29) Finny likes

this idea and goes with it. Finny goes on to make up all kind of rules. After all of the parts of the games were invented Gene realizes, ?That he unconsciously invented a game which brought his own athletic gifts to their highest pitch.? (Knowles, 31) ?The odds were tremendously against the ball carrier, so that Phineas was driven to exceed himself practically every day when he carried the ball. To escape the wolf pack which all the other players became he created reverses and deceptions and acts of sheer mass hypnotism which were so extraordinary that they surprised even him.? (Knowles, 31) Blitzball was made up by Finny so that he could be in control. This is like Finny?s world of a separate peace. Finny?s reality of war is much like the games he invents. Finny?s reality comes

into making up his own rules while eluding the real rules. In doing so no one ever really holds Finny responsible to make him abide by the real rules. One example is when Finny wears a pink shirt which he explains is an emblem for the bombing of Central Europe (Knowles, 18). He explains that because he has no flag to fly for them-or anything else related-he will wear the pink shirt. Finny avoids having to conform to the real rules in school that day when Mr. Patch-Withers asks Finny about it-surely because he normally disapproves of such rebellious behavior. Finny again explains what he explained to Gene and avoids any trouble. Gene comments, ?It was hypnotism. I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything.? Further evidence of Finny?s ability to make his

world-or separate peace-comes on the following page. Mr. Patch-Withers offers the ?traditional term tea to the Upper Middle Class? (Knowles, 18). While at this event Finny explains all of his thoughts about the bombing of central Europe. While doing so he poses a question to others, ?I think we ought to bomb the daylights out of them, as long as we don?t hit any women or children or old people, don?t you?? He continues, ?Or hospitals . . .And Naturally no schools. Or churches.? Finny doesn?t fully understand the impact of war on people, he doesn?t understand that war kills people physically and mentally and he doesn?t understand that it affects everyone that has a close relationship with the it (not including himself). It affects women, children, old people, hospitals, churches

and schools. Finny has created a false reality here and it is emphasized even more on the next page when he says he believes that, ?the school is involved in everything that happens in the war, it?s all the same was and the same world? (Knowles, 20). The truth is that the war is partially involved in the war, but not the way Finny believes it is. Finny has created a separate peace at Devon that he substitutes for the real war. Meanwhile, Gene understands that the war is being fought on is, ?All foreign lands? inaccessible except to servicemen; they are vague distant, and sealed off as though behind a curtain of plastic.?(Greiling) This passage shows us that Gene may of not fought a war first hand and doesn?t understand its true destruction bought does understand it to his best

knowledge. This is unlike Finny who creates his own war in Devon. This is Finny?s separate peace because it lacks the real characteristics of the real war. The point in the book when everything turns is when Finny announced ?Leper was going to take his first leap.? This was not the first time that Leper had said this, but Gene went along anyway. When they arrived Finny announced that Gene and him were going to make the jump together. This is the first time that the two different realities are set next to each other. While on the limb Gene ?Jounced the limb.? (Knowles, 52) ?Finny lost his balance and fell violently and shattered one of his legs while Gene jumps with unthinking sureness. Here we see that when the two realities compared side by side. Finny?s falls and shatters while