Square Pegs in Round Holes 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 becomes partially insane and much more assertive. Gene understands his feelings much better and is a changed person. It is like when Finny died some of his serenity entered Gene. Because he denied the war’s existence, Finny caused Gene to stay away from all their other friends (Brinker, Chet, etc.) and only talk to him.
This gentle hobby extracted virtually no interest from the reader, besides a knowledge of Leper’s eccentric and lonely personality. Because he predictably behaved this way, reading the few tortured pages of his hallucinations in the army elicits strong emotion and reader interest; Finny and the Devon group of friends were insignificant compared to the horrific images Leper conjured in the reader’s mind. Gene felt the same emotions as the reader: “Don’t tell me who’s got me and who hasn’t got me. Who do you think you’re talking to? Stick to your snails, Lepellier.” Shocked at what his friend has become, Gene mentions his naturalistic manner, hoping to straighten him out.
Phineas, though considerate and outgoing, seems oblivious to the world around him, surprised that Gene must study, saying, “I thought it just came to you,” (58). Phineas seems not to ca... ... middle of paper ... ...ses it, and what can finally end it. By establishing different characters, even different sides of characters, to represent different aspects of peace and war, John Knowles suggests that both war and peace are lies, that they are ignorant of reality. However, peace is seen as idyllic, a state of harmony worth lying for, and war is seen as pain, envy and insecurity. Through a series of painful events, Gene comes to grips with the reality that his attack against Phineas was an act formed out of blind spite, not reason.
Thinking back to your own childhood you would realize your parents did their best to keep you fervid and only punish if you did wrong. For Gregor he was treated the opposite , In The Metamorphosis Kafka portrays Gregors neglectful father by showing lack of love , isolation and treating Kafka as an actual bug rather than a son. If Gregor's father Mr Samsa did not neglect him Gregor would still feel like a bug because of the other things going on, such as having a stressful job, no close friends, and overall no one to vent to. Gregor is a young boy with no love in his way. From the beginning of the story Gregor woke up feeling terrible, it turned out he woke as a bug.
“…It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart.” The background of “A separate Peace” is the Second World War and the focus of book is a group of sixteen-year-old boys who are moving towards a war. The extract comes from the end of the book where Due to what Gene had done to Finny, he has been made to look at himself and now sees the war differently from the other boys. Gene has been forced to face his own “ignorant heart,” and he now feels that he understands that people can be evil and hurt those who love them. Gene now knows that wars are created not by generations but by the human “ignorant heart”. In “A separate Peace” there are two wars being fought.
Leper Lepellier is a very odd young man. He is quiet and is finds himself always taken by surprise. He really is not popular and that does not concern him in any way. Leper really has no true friends at the Devon school, but talks to Gene. He entertains himself by collecting snails, looking for beaver damns, and skiing.
Throughout time this changes, as the influence of Finny lowers Genes obedience to such things. The wars within Gene are disputed as well as the wars outside and the novel expresses the acceptance and rejecting of these aspects. The struggles to create a better more Ideal life for himself occurs, and his belief that Finny is the ideal does not diminish until Finny no longer can stand on his own. The complete contrast of Finny and Gene is a boy named Leper. Leper was not interested in much and is the first of the boys mentioned to go to war.
Exceedingly, Vonnegut explains in further detail the horrors of war, “his escapism and fatalistic philosophy do not protect him from the memories of the horrors” (Williams). Due to all of Vonnegut’s hardships it was not easy for him to write all of his thoughts down on paper. ... ... middle of paper ... ...e continues to fight the world he hates. With his new friendship of science fiction Billy finds that the, “morphine paradise of Tralfamadore,” (Broer) makes it much easier for him to live in the real world. As time moves on and Billy focuses more on escaping his own mindless thoughts, he gains the courage to leave the hospital.
He never comes to discover his many flaws, he is deluded until the very end. The only consistency Willy has with a tragic hero is the tragic end. But the audience does not experience a catharsis of emotions, the audience can anticipate the miserable way Willy goes out but when it happens there is still a lingering air of unresolved misery and , especially for his