Phineas and Gene have one more year to act like children before they are forced to grow up and go fight. The two form a bond that’s very unique and alters both of them. A Separate Peace is a mind turning parable that delves into the bad parts of adolescence. Gene, the main character, goes through several changes throughout this story, which is told through his eyes. One of his most important transformations is from a good friend to a jealous one.
Can one live in the illusion they create for themselves in an attempt to escape the realities of their life choices? In the book, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the main character inadvertently injures his best friend and does not confess to it. Gene is the main character and narrator. He narrates the story through a flashback while visiting the school he went to with his best friend. Gene is a very intelligent young man, however he has the tendency to over evaluate situations.
By the end of the fight with the suitors we see him now matured from the youth we saw into the man he should be. Telemakhos tries to be like his father to the best of his ability, even though his father has been away since he was merely an infant. The only father he knew was from stories told by people, including his mother. He also dreamed constantly of the man his father must have been, thinking, "What if his great father came from the unknown world and drove these men like dead leaves through the place, recovering honor and lordship in his own domains"(277). It is as if Odysseus did raise his son in some ways, through the dreams and stories, perhaps being a better figure to look up to rather than in person.
Throughout life people grow up in many ways. It is the life experiences people deal with that help them mature and develop. The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, develops themes with his motifs. In the novel Huck starts as an uneducated young boy with no mother and an abusive drunk father. Huck decided to fake his death and run to keep himself safe, along the way he meets Jim, a run away slave from the town he lived in previously, and has to make the decision whether or not to help him escape.
Although, through High School he was the one he father was proud of, ever since he flunked math, it seems that Willy’s constant perception of him is that he is a bum. When he sees the look of joy on his father’s face about this news, he carries on as well and loses all sense of reality whether or not it could actually happen. Act II- The scene where Willy goes to see Howard Wagner. From Willy’s perspective, he is nervous beyond belief. He somehow resents the company for putting him in a position in which he has to work on commission after all these years.
A Separate Peace2 Breaking The Mold In John Knowle’s, A Separate Peace, there is a transformation in all the key elements in the book, from the rivers to the tree to the seasons to the characters. The transformation is specifically seen in Leper, Gene, and Phineas. These three young men experience a change not just because of the transitions through adolescence. These changes also come about because of the war, the school, and an injury. Leper Lepellier is a very odd young man.
Amir goes through many events that take place in the book that change him, and the way he is perceived within the book. Amir is a young boy, who is tortured by his father’s scrutinizing character. Amir is also jealous of Hassan, because of the fact that his father likes Hassan instead of Amir. Amir fights for his father’s approval, interest, and love. This is when Amir changes for the good as he deals with the guilt of the rape of Hassan.
It seems that soon after the fall the boy's friendship becomes rooted more on unstable lies rather than solid truth. It is this grounding that causes the reader to see the tree transform throughout the novel as a symbol for the boy's friendship. Aside from being the bearer of incredible emotional and physical pain, Finny also bears the personality that Gene does not. Finny is placed in the novel not only for plot development but to open Gene to a part of himself that is not visible. Finny is an incredible athlete, brave and very humble, this is shown through his breaking of the everlasting school swimming record and not wanting to flaunt is talent.
However, as the reality of war became more understandable for the students in Devon, their innocence began to fall off; thus, Gene becoming more matured. Despite the fact that Gene gradually matured, Finny kept displaying his innocence and selfishness until the end when he dies. During this year, Gene convinced himself that he has to excel Finny in every activity such as education, but because he assumed that Finny was trying to bring him down, he jounces the branch and shattered Finny’s leg. After this cruel accident, created by Gene’s jealousy and insecurity, they both tried to become a part of each other and in fact strengthening their friendship. Through John Knowles use of characterization and development of the allegorical characters Gene and Finny, he establishes the universal truth of losing innocence and the reality that enemies are created by the reflection of jealousy and ignorance in human heart.
Everyday the boy and his father struggle to survive and at one point the boy states, I wish I was with mom, and his father interprets this statement as a desire to die. They continue struggling to survive until; finally they find a “safe haven”. This “safe hav... ... middle of paper ... ...er probably never would have survived. The two characters compliment each other because the boy “carries the fire” acting as a Messiah-like figure, seeing the good in everyone and everything. The father acts more as a realist, living in constant fear.