Jealousy is the route of many evils, and can effect us, all from the poorest of
Gene, an all American boy, is griped with the age old torment of jealousy towards his best
friend. This drives him to do despicable things.
Gene’s jealousy flourishes for Phineas every time Finny accomplishes something
he was a very poor student I was a pretty good athlete, and when everything
So in Gene’s mind he was better than Phineas, and this appeased the grip of jealousy for
Gene nor Phineas can foresee the agony which will soon be beckoning them.(4)
The summer was quickly passing for these two boys and Gene nearly forgot his
jealousy towards Finny. The stress of trying to be better and follow Finny’s wild ideas
finally got to Gene. He has had enough, and the jealousy turns to rage without Genes
knowledge. Finny has another wild idea, he and Gene will jump off the large tree into
behind.(1) They reached the top “…I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and
I jounced the limb”(52). Finny fell, shattering his leg as well as his hopes and his dreams
replaced by an even more painful emotion, guilt.
jealousy played. While Phineas has to try to overcome his physical handicap, Gene must
deal with watching the pain he has brought upon Phineas. Jealousy will effect everyone
once in awile, but we must not follow the example of how Gene let jealousy rule over his
make use strive to be our very best instead of preventing someone else from being their
best. This makes it possible for both people to accomplish their best and live in harmony.