One day Gene and Finny, his friend and roommate, went to a large tree by the river. Finny suggested that they try and jump from the tree into the river below them. This jump was usually for older boys. But they both made the jump successfully, and Finny formed the Summer Suicide Society, which is dedicated to members being initiated by jumping from the tree to the river. Each time, Gene and Finny must go first, but Gene always has a fear of jumping.
He is attending a special Summer Session at Devon, designed to speed up education to prepare the boys for the military draft in their senior year. Gene stands at the same tree with his best friend and roommate, Phineas (nicknamed Finny), and three other boys, Elwin Lepellier (Leper), Chet Douglass, and Bobby Zane. The tree seems enormous to Gene, but Finny suddenly decides to climb it and jump into the river, just like the Devon 17 year olds, who are training for military service. Finny jumps and dares Gene to follow. Against his better judgment, Gene climbs the tree and also jumps, but the three others refuse.
A Separate Peace; Chapter Summaries Chapter 1: The narrator (Gene) returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire, that he graduated from 15 years earlier. He goes to a certain tree and switches back to the past. Phineas dares everyone to jump from a branch in the tree into the river. Phineas, and Gene both jump. On the way back Phineas and Gene play fight so that they are late for dinner.
As Mr. ... ... middle of paper ... ...inny out of the tree. Paralyzed, he challenged a younger boy to “reconstruct the crime,” but the boy said simply that Gene must have pushed Finny off the branch. Gene ridiculed the boy’s conclusion, directing attention away from him but eliciting the boy’s hatred. He then declared that he must go study his French, leaving without having smoked. To relieve wartime labour shortages, the boys shovel snow off the railroad.
While there he remembers the incident that changed his life. In the summer of 1942, Gene and his friends stayed at their prep school for the summer session. His best friend in those days was a boy named Phineas, or Finny. During that time World War II was going on and the sixteen-year old boys were trying to preserve the peace in their lives, before they would be old enough to be drafted into the war-just one year later. One day Finny, the best athlete in the school, came up with the crazy idea to jump out of a tree into a river.
Even though Phineas becomes Gene’s separate peace, Finny ironically destroys Gene. The word “separate,” in the title, is depicted in Gene’s separation from the world, because he neglects most of his dilemmas in life. Lacking in self-assurance, Gene does not know how to solve his problems; therefore, he keeps all his feelings bottled up inside him. After the tree incident, Gene contemplates whether he should tell Finny the truth, for what seems like eternity. The inner-conflict during his high school years has left a scar needing to be healed.
In “The Dentist” Curt Lemon had a more than healthy tooth ripped out to prove he was brave. This wasn 't really a form of courage but more of a shield to protect himself from the fear and weakness that drove him to dislike the dentist in the first place. In “On the Rainy River” Tim does not believe in the war. He has no clue why the war even began in the first place, and has no idea who the president of North Vietnam is for that matter. Tim believes that he is “above” the war but the pressure from his community forces him to be shipped off to war.
But Gene runs away from Leper declaring that the visions have “nothing to do with [him]” and that he “[doesn’t] want to hear any more of it,” he proves just how close to the heart Leper’s visions have impacted him: the nightmarish metamorphoses are a dark reflection not only of the transformations that he and his classmates face but also of Gene’s own attempts to become Finny, to copy Finny’s clothes and lose himself in Finny’s identity. 1. The tree is the crucial symbol in the novel. The tree represents the enormous fear in which Gene lived at school, from the summer of 1942 until the spring of 1943. When he was a student at Devon, the tree seemed "tremendous" to Gene, "an irate, steely black steeple beside the river."
This is the main reason he cut all his connections with this family. McCandless discovers that “Walt continued his relationship with Marcia in secret, dividing his time between ... ... middle of paper ... ... as a consequence.” (192). Due to Supertramp’s lack of knowledge, he didn’t tell the difference between two types of seeds. One kind of seed was okay to eat, while the other was a very poisonous, this resulting into his death. Although Christopher McCandless was intelligent young man, he could’ve been a little more considerate of the fact that he wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild.
After Allie dies, Holden gives up on his academics. Holden does not apply himself to his academics, even after receiving warnings about his academic performance: They kicked me out. I wasn’t supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account that I was failing four subjects and not applying myself and all. They gave me frequent warning to start applying myself- especially around midterms, when my parents came up for a conference with old Thurmer- but I didn’t do it. (4) Holden’s callous personality and debauched attitude make making friends hard for Holden.