One of the other main points in the novel when rivalry was expressed, was when Gene shook the branch to make Finny fall off the tree. Gene was fed up with Finny succeeding at everything for once. He knew that if Finny were to be injured or hurt by the fall it would allow himself to have an edge on finny. Also, if Finny was crippled, Gene would have nothing to be jealous of anymore because Finny would become jealous of him. This would make Gene feel like the superior one in the relationship.
Louie was later punished by holding a beam above his head for as long as he could for supposedly letting the goat that he was taking care of die. “He felt his consciousness slipping, his mind losing adhesion, until all he knew was a single thought: He cannot break me. Across the compound, the Bird had stopped laughing” (Hillenbrand 302). Severely starved, underweight, and scarred; Louie held the beam for 37 minutes. Because of Louie’s defiance he held on to his dignity though life as a
Gene doesn’t know if he did it on purpose or if it was an accident. But, later on Finny breaks his leg even more and Gene goes to visit him and talk things out. Finny forgives Gene for the incident makes Gene go on with his life, but Gene later finds out the Finny has died from a bone marrow that got into his blood stream and into his heart. He then feels that his war with everything is over. But throughout the entire novel all of these events that have happened were because of Gene’s fear and jealousy with Finny.
Finny is a very likable character because of his great attitude and optimistic action. His ability to make a game out of anything is a contributing factor his popularity amongst the boys at Devon school. Finny is known as the big athlete to Gene. As stated in one of the essays, Gene tries to be the head of the class because he believes that Finny is trying to be the
Since Devon is an all-boys boarding school, Finny’s environment is bound to be highly competitive, especially when it comes to sports. Despite the numerous athletes at the school, Finny appears to shine above them all with seemingly no effort at all. One such example is when Finny unofficially breaks the school’s 100 meter freestyle swimming record, much to the amazement of Gene. “The sports Finny played officially—football, hockey, baseball, lacrosse—didn’t have school records. To switch to a new sport suddenly, just for a day, and immediately break a record in it—that was about as neat a trick, as dazzling a reversal as I could, to be perfectly honest, possibly imagine”(Knowles p.45).
This questioning of their identity builds up when their own perception of success, personal fears, and jealousies spiral out of control. The character Gene in A Separate Peace written by John Knowles, is conflicted with his feelings towards his best friend, Finny, since Gene is envious of Finny’s charisma as well as athletic talent. Therefore, Gene attempts to impersonate Finny because Gene lacks in seeing his own potential. The people who have this issue as stated in the article by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, “People low in identity commitment have an uncertain sense of
The war happening outside Devon represents the external and internal conflicts between the characters. An example is Gene’s inner conflict with jealousy when he says, “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn't help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (Knowles 25). Here, Gene is trying to justify his envy towards Finny, which could represent the justification of calamities in war.
Finny refused to believe that Gene caused him to fall from the tree. Finny denied Gene's fault because it shattered the image of a perfect best friend, someone who was supposed to be there for him, not there to kill him. When Gene tried to confess, he remarked to himself, "It struck me then that I was injuring him again. It occurred to me that this could be an even deeper injury than what I had done before. "
He wanted to strive for his arm to get better and so it was able to move. “Then I lost that scholarship My mother was supposed to fill out a parents financial statement for the renewal of that scholarship” (Gladwell 38). He had to drop out of the college because he was basically forced to. He was trying to look for other deductions and other jobs, he actually found another college but one day he was going to the college and his car broke down which led him to miss his classes and the college told him it was better for him to just drop out. He was still searching for other things.
When Gene goes to the doctor to visit Finny, Gene tells Finny everything that happened, Even Though Finny was shocked to know that his best friend would actually do something like that, he eventually forgave him because he was his best friend. So what the two rivers represent in this part of the story is that both Gene and Finny have a love-hate relationship. The reason for this is because at the beginning of the story Gene and Finny were the best of friend and the Devon river symbolizes
A separate peace by John Knowles is book that takes place at a boarding school and a big part of it is looking at how tragedy can change a characters personality. Gene Forrester the protagonist and narrator of the novel is a great example of this. At the beginning of the book he is envious of his best friend Phineas and will do anything to be the best, but as the book goes on and tragedy strikes all he feels is guilt. Before the tragedy of Finny breaking his leg gene is envious of him.
The surgery caused Charlie to lose most liked friends .after the surgery Charlie Gordon lost Miss Kinnian because the a.i surgery made him to smart. ”the thought of leaving her behind made me sad”(keys 234). Charlie Gordon was sad because he could not relate to anyone after the surgery Charlie lost friends. It is often thought that Charlie Gordon should
Miss Kinnian shows a glimpse of reality, that not all people are nice. She tells Charlie how people can be very mean, but how he is much better than any of them. Charlie does not get this at all right now, but later on he will realize what this meant. Charlie still has some misunderstanding when he states that all his friends liked him and they never did anything that wasn’t nice. Miss Kinnian had to go away because she knew that people did not treat him fairly, and he didn’t understand that all.
As he was stuck he fell off the building to the street. I was so impressed by his skills on my outing of the roof top, I check who it was and as I am troublesome to check I am getting shot at. When I flip him around I almost passed out as I tried to run away. I barely escaped that night I had to hide in a abandoned building for 2 days after that.” ‘Who was it” states Collan’s parents” it was Fergus”, Collan says in a whisper.