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Most importantly confessing to Finny would have led to the extension of his life.
By not confessing to Finny he creates a web of lies.
In the novel Gene relays his subconscious guilt when he says "At Devon, where every stick of furniture didn't assert that Finny was part of it, I could make it up to him."(70) This shows Gene's absolute need to get even with Finny.
It shows by simply confessing he would of hurt Finny but ultimately they would of both benefitted.
While Gene is capable of earning the top grades in his class, Finny is the undisputed class leader.
In the book Gene has no comprehension of Finny's theories of there not being a war.
Finny explains his theory to Gene when he says "But they couldn't use that trick forever, so for us they've cooked up this war fake."(115) What he does not understand is Finny refuses to believe that he will not be able to partake in the war.
Finny refuses to believe anything or anyone can stop him from completing his goals, so therefore he discredits any goals he is unable to achieve.
Gene’s discovery that the real enemy is not across the ocean but in his own soul is convincing and moving.
Can one live in the illusion they create for themselves in an attempt to escape the realities of their life choices?