People frequently betray others because of the evil in their hearts. In A Separate Peace, John Knowles uses the pureness of the rakish Finny to portray the savage or bad side of the vulpine Gene. He also uses it to prove that peace is exceedingly difficult to acquire until a person accepts the ignorance in their own heart. That means that acceptance is the key to finding peace. Thus, Gene finds his peace when Finny forgives him and when Gene learns to forgive himself as well.
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 does not talk much and is drawn to snails and beaver dams. He is the Leper that had “escaped” from the war—the Leper who went psycho. When introverted,
After the accident at the tree Gene attempts to tell Finny that it was him who caused the accident, but Finny refuses to believe Gene. Finny believes their friendship is too and in no way would either of them want to mar it. Because of these feelings the thought that Gene caused the accident is more devastating to Finny, than the actual physical pain. The constant theme of Gene's guilt provides the reasoning for most of the development of the boy's friendship. It seems that soon after the fall the boy's friendship becomes rooted more on unstable lies rather than solid truth.
He does not really enjoy sports, for he is not a good athlete. While in school he lets many distractions such as his friend Finny take part in his life. This leads to his internal wars. Finny is Gene’s roommate and best friend, who has a completely opposite personality from Gene. He always acts on blind impulse, never thinking about the rules or the consequences.
Instead, he blames his presence in the tree on Phineas. Finny also has the role of being the leader in their friendship. They sustain the balance of the friendship when Phineas thinks of something to do, and Gene supports him. The problem with this is that Gene only trails Finny so that he would not “lose face with [him].” Gene never speaks up when he has a problem, hereby damaging their lines of communication. Another principal factor that dissolves the bond between them is Gene’s jealousy.
The light in Finny’s eyes disappears a... ... middle of paper ... ...er. Finny and Gene’s friendship changed many times over the course of the book, and it also changed the way the narration was written. The bond Gene and Finny shares goes through much hardship throughout the course of the novel, and the fact that a draft is approaching puts more stress on their shoulders. The reoccurring theme of adulthood is constantly spamming the book, but it gives the reader a sense of what the world was like and how it will be. I like to analyze this story by comparing the two boys to seeds; they start out oblivious and weak, and then grow into a flower, or an adult.
After a while the two made it an almost day-to-day activity. The two boys were a lot alike, but Gene had this underlying resentment of Finny and he felt that Finny was deliberately trying to make him do badly in school because he was constantly dragging Gene along with him to go jump out of the tree. One time Finny decided that he and Gene should do a double jump, since that had never been done before. While up on the limb, Finny is the further out then Gene, and Gene gets this sudden impulse to shake the limb, which sends Finny plummeting into the shallow part of the river, breaking his leg. After the accident, Finny could never play any sports again; merely being able to walk is a blessing.
He says he will make the initiation jump to join the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session but he never does. When the other boys are shoveling snow off train tracks to help a train with soldiers get to the Army Base this "really brings the war home." Instead of helping the other boys with the war effort, Leper goes cross country skiing to Beaver Dam. Leper does this to get a separate peace from the reality of war. Although Leper is the first to enlist in the army, he receives a section eight discharge.
For example, as the novel progresses, so does Gene's maturity. Gene's first seen in the novel as a boy, not yet brought on by nature, but as one gets deeper into the novel, one sees change; Gene embarks on life change that all men journey through once in their life. Gene begins to see his life and others from a totally new standpoint, as though even from a newer perspective. In Chapter two and chapter three, Gene, develops a sheer envy for Finny, and acknowledges it as the truth. He is extremely envious of the methods in which Finny uses to escape his unusual actions and his popularity.
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.