The novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, tells the story of the narrator, Gene Forrester, and the tribulations he and his friends go through. None of these friends compare to one such as Elwin Lepellier, also known as Leper. At first glance Leper appears to be one of those characters that is assumed to stay the same throughout the entirety of the story. He seems insignificant and is not expected to play an important role. Leper, extraneous to the reader at the start, proves to be essential to major events in the storyline.
Leper is not the same throughout the course of the novel. In the beginning, he is seen as a bit shy and quirky, but as the story goes on, his personality transforms drastically. Enlisting in the war has a considerable effect on him; Gene discusses it with Finny and Brinker: “Leper’s not the little rabbit we used to know any more” (Knowles 147). He is not the timid Leper who is drawn to snails and beaver dams. He is the Leper that had “escaped” from the war—the Leper who went psycho. Leper plays a crucial part in the discovery...
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- In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene, Finny, and Leper fear recognizing their own flaws and learning about the harsh realities of a world at war because it affects their decision making causing them to make poor decisions, such as severely hurting one another, more frequently. Fear surrounds Gene during his time at the Devon school, affecting how he feels towards others as well as how well he trusts others. The fear isolates Gene from his friends and makes him, both, become weary of the evils around him as well as make him see other irrelevant evils.... [tags: fear, john knowles, finny]
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