Gene declares “I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb. Finny, his balance gone [...] hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud” (Knowles 60). Gene does this profound action because he is jealous of Phineas and also infuriated by the fact Phineas is not jealous of Gene in the slightest bit. Gene thinks, “He had never been jealous of me for a second. Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us.
1 line 62): this refers to Macbeth’s lack of children. He is king but without a descent, the throne is fruit-less. His guilt is constantly by his side as well, because he knows he broke the cycle of nature. He was not meant to be king but forced it. ‘Put rancours in the vessel of my peac... ... middle of paper ... ...his ambition to be anything at any cost.
By the end of the book, Finny had matured enough that he had almost lost the spark that he always had. Later in the book, Gene recalled Finny after an argument, “He brought his wide-set eyes up, his grin flashed and faded, and then he murmured, ‘Sure. There isn’t any war.’” (pg. 158) The war puts a burden on all the student’s shoulders, and Finny took it the hardest because he was not able to fight. The light in Finny’s eyes disappears a... ... middle of paper ... ...er.
This indicates a deeper meaning to his character that the reader only gets a taste of at the opening of the book. Leper, extraneous to the reader at the start, proves to be essential to major events along the storyline. To begin with, Leper is not the same throughout the course of the novel. Initially, 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).
When Phineas returns from the hospital and his stay at home, crutch-bound, never to compete in sports again, Gene begins to evolve himself around Finny, the person he always wished he were, allowing Finny to live through himself and training for a fantastical sports event as Finny would've done. Gene is sympathetic towards Finny, but also takes on Finny's ideas and characteristics willingly and lets Finny's identity overtake his own. Finny and Gene, now living through one-another, create an imaginary world at Devon, were wars do not exist and were there is no need for Leper Lepellier to enlist in an army or be emotionally breached. The war is just a conspiracy as was Gene's true feelings toward Finny and what really happened at the tree. Gene's deliberate decision to push Finny off the tree was just another crazy idea that ... ... middle of paper ... ...ghout the novel, feelings of security and contentment allow Finny and Gene to coexist as one unit, a symbiotic pairing of the two opposites.
It seemed like the only time his parents ever really even looked at him was when he was doing something wrong. It always kind've bothered him --- in the vague way everything his parents did kind've bothered him --- but for once Butters was glad they were so negligent. It was his turn to do this dishes after dinner, and Butters made sure to take his time with it so that he didn't break a plate (two weeks grounded) forget to rearrange the silverware (three weeks grounded) or leave the pantry open (four weeks grounded). Linda and Stephen were sitting in front of the living room TV when he poked his head in, shyly rubbing his knuckles. "I-I'm all done," Butters announced, "H-heading' to bed now.
Together, they constantly change plans and take precautionary actions to prevent Jim from losing his freedom. Aunt Polly and Aunt Sally both want to take Huck and civilize him in the beginning of the book. However, Huck does not want to be civilized, for he just wants to live a life of everlasting adventure and excitement. Huck refuses to cooperate in the beginning, but he learns in the end that it is not a bad thing to be clean and educated. The last example of man versus society conflict is how for a short time, Huck had to lay low on his own after faking his d... ... middle of paper ... ...s and experiencing the major issues which occurred in the 19th century United States.
Huck also second-guesses these choices since he knows they will be looked down upon. Huck’s conflicts involve helping Jim run away, and resisting society’s attempt to “sivilize” Huck (Twain 106). Throughout the story, Huck faces a few difficult choices and has strenuous moral debates
One’s shadow can be toxic when displayed to the outside world, especially when it is not in check by the individual. Gene has accepted his dark side when he admits he had been the cause of his friend’s death. In the very end of the novel, Gene finally takes responsibility for all of his shadow’s actions against his best friend, as he thinks to himself, “I never killed anybody and I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy. Because my war ended before I ever put on a uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there” (204). Gene’s transformation from the beginning of the novel to the end is clearly seen in this quotation, as he no longer denies his shadow’s existence and now claims responsibility of the darkness inside himself.
In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the protagonist Gene Forrester constantly battles within himself to find the true emotion towards his friend Phineas and to find out who he really is. Gene and Phineas formed an illusion of companionship, but there was always a silent rivalry between them in Gene’s mind. In the beginning, Gene thought his feeling towards Phineas was completely normal and it will go away in time. However, as the time went on and Gene matured he found out that his feeling was much more than little jealousy but it has turned into hate. Gene Forrester develops into a mature adult when he finally accepts his feeling and faces reality.