Phineas And Gene A Comparitive


Phineas and Gene: A Comparative Study
Throughout the story, Phineas and Gene, the two main characters, showed a number of contrasting traits. Phineas was a confident, non competitive, naive, irresponsible, and unintelligent person throughout the story, whereas Gene, Phineas' roommate, was insecure, competitive, mature, responsible, and intelligent throughout the story.
Phineas had a confident nature in everything he did. As Phineas and Gene first met, they noticed they were both the same height, but Phineas, being confident, said, "Where did you get that dizzy shirt?"(100). Only a person with extreme confidence could have insulted someone they just met because the other person could have ...

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and unboastful accounts of all three."(101). If Phineas was not a confident person, he would not have shared his story with a complete stranger. Gene, on the other hand, was a very insecure person. The reader was able to see Gene's insecurities when he first tried to have a conversation with Phineas. His roommate was being very explicit in revealing the stories of his past, but when it came for Gene's turn to tell his stories he felt his "ideas would have been as dull as catechism after his;"(101). If Gene was confident, he would have been comfortable in partaking in the
conversation between him and his roommate. Another example displaying Gene's insecure nature occurred after Phineas ridiculed him for his choice of shirt. After a small argument between the two, Gene gave in and admitted to himself that his shirt was dizzy by saying, " It was right"(103) when replying to a rude comment Phineas made on his shirt. If Gene was more secure in his own choices, he could have stood up for ...

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excel academically, but in his mind he believed Phineas "was trying to take me in; he hated the fact that I could beat him at this"(105), although Gene knew Phineas had no desire to compete with him.
Phineas and Genes' personality also differed in the area of maturity. Phineas was a very naive boy whose every move was very innocent and harmless. An example of Phineas being naive occurred when Gene was describing the acts that Phineas performed innocently where no one could cut him down, but if another person committed the same acts they would instantly be ridiculed. Gene explained how for all Phineas' acts, " felling them was unthinkable."(102). This proved that Phineas was naive because ...

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