Rivalry and Its Positive Impact on Personal Growth Rivalry in all of its forms contributes to personal growth, even in extreme cases where the opposing party is debilitated or annihilated, where the consequences force the remaining party to overcome this loss and continue to adapt to the situation. Using the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles as the basis for the argument, Gene, the arguable antagonist is molded from an innocent schoolboy to an individual that begins to view the world outside of the confines of his academy of study. Starting from the beginning, Gene had misinterpreted his best friend, Finny’s friendly intentions as attempting to undermine him and begins this one-sided rivalry. Recognizing that he could not beat Finny in the realm of athletics, Gene seeks to improve his school marks, and raise himself up on a pillar of his own
“Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you” -PravineeHurbungs. It is still undecided weather Finny realized this about Gene or not but, even withWWII going on, the cruelest enemy was right next to him. A Separate Peace is a novel by JohnKnowles, based in New Hampshire, 1942. The novel showcases, coming-of-age, jealousy , andloss of innocence through the main character Gene.Gene and Finny became roommates at the prestige Devon School for boys. Finny being anaturally born athlete, and Gene being more academically based.
The Outsiders, a young adult fiction novel, by S.E Hinton, has multiple acts of heroism throughout the novel. Sacrifice, care, bravery, courage, etc; but only one of the characters in the novel exhibits all of the above qualities and is a true hero. Some of the heroic characteristics that were present were sacrifice and caring. Darry exhibits sacrifice and care when he gives up a college scholarship in order to take care of his brothers. Ponyboy vouches for his brother’s character stating that Darry “had been a real popular guy in school; he was captain of the football team and he had been voted Boy of the year”, but goes on to lament that at this point in the story he “didn’t have time between jobs to even think about college”(16).
A psychology professor Phillip Zimbardo once explained "people are seduced into evil by dehumanizing and labeling others." I believe this is true labeling and dehumanizing others can make it particularly easy to forget all of your moral codes amd forget about the goodness inside you. A lot of this is seen in William Goldings book Lord of the Flies, a story is told about a group of British school boys who are stranded on an island after their plane crashes. The boys are left without adults so one boy named Ralph steps up to power and leads them all. There is a struggle for power when a boy named Jack seeks to be leader, but he has different ways of leading then Ralph.
It warmed my heart reading about how Stanley’s relationship with Zero was so strong that he risks his own life by hijacking Mr. Sir’s truck and briskly setting off to find Zero. Stanley’s expectations weren’t high considering that Zero had been away for days without food, water, or shelter, but when he overheard the Warden and Mr. Sir over talking about how they were going to delete all of Zero’s files and act like he never existed, he knew he made the right choice. Near the end of the book, my feelings about the lines above were reassured to be true when Stanley was officially released back to his lawyer and before leaving he said, “‘I can’t leave Hector.’” (Sachar 219). This caused Ms. Morengo, Stanley’s lawyer, to demand Zero’s files but then discovering that Camp Green Lake was a fraud, forcing it to be shut
In the novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton the character Darrel Curtis is unquestionably influenced by his gang as it prevents him from being successful to becoming the father of the gang, and overall being someone to look up to. Darrel, or Darry has always wanted to become something amazing in life, but sadly when his parents died in a fatal car crash, he was left to raise his two younger brothers, Sodapop, and Ponyboy. More specifically, Darrel chooses his gang over his potential future to care for his friends but sadly, “. . .
In A Separate Peace By: John Knowles, The beginning of the story begins with Gene returning to the school when he is older. In the beginning of the story, Gene has a flashback which he then recalls all of his memories of his times at Devon. Like when Gene and Finny were best friends, but both Finny and Gene have their difference from time to time throughout the story. Gene and Finny differ from each other in sports, their goals, and throughout the book, Finny always seems to be pushing Gene to do something he doesn’t want to do or he doesn’t feel comfortable doing. First of all, Sports come easier to Finny than they do with Gene.
My uncle is a logger, so he tells me crazy stories, like almost falling off a cliff, dragging heavy chains up big hills, giant boulders, and lots of medical bills. Working as a logger is a career I would never choose to work because, I’m not fit for all that heavy lifting. Loggers have to wake up early and do these activities all day, everyday, which is a very dangerous lifestyle. Logging takes a lot of physical strength and energy. I’m not even close to being fit enough to log all day, everyday.
At the end, Winston accepts and appreciates Big Brother and all of their doings and ideas. He soon accepts and admits to not thinking the same way as everyone else when it was all finally over (Orwell 298). Throughout the whole novel, we see the character development of Winston, his hatred towards Big Brother and the Party is gone.
They remembered him as a good, but odd, friend of theirs that had made all the miracles pertaining to the war effort, happen. In this imagery of Leper, Gene certainly didn’t expect anything odd when he received the message from him during the winter festival. At this point the readers, and Gene himself, were introduced to the ‘new’ Leper. The once odd, wistful Leper was now visibly fidgety and constantly scowling. “He looked at me, and I noticed the left side of his upper lip lift once or twice as though he was about to snarl or cry.
To some people, the season should 've been canceled, but the team was striving for excellence just like Stonewall Jackson middle School. Later, people found out that the fire was caused by an elopsidonenator which is a machine that controls gravity and pressing everything on earth to the sky. There was an incident with a little harry boy named Lastasha Unibrow Williamson. He was on his was to the treehouse club where he could get his eyeballs plucked for free. On his was up the tree he slipped while the elopsidonenator was being tested.
“Friend of yours?” asked Sir Gwaine, Percival’s best mate and fellow Knight of Camelot. “He seems a little dangerous with that projectile sword and all.” Percival ignored Gwaine and helped the boy up. Sir Percival towered above most people, and this child barely came up to Percival’s
As Gene passed by a tree near the river he thought of his roommate, Phineas (nicknamed Finny), who was very athletic. When the book goes into the past, Finny jumps from a tall branch into the river. Jumping of the branch was forbidden except for the older boys. He dared Gene to jump. Gene was frightened but he still jumped.
“A man who caught his arm actually smiled saying "your friend dropped this" Billy was amazed and pleased this unusual helpfulness "oh gee thanks"he said. He tore up the package on the escalator." so he chased after his friends” This quote show how billy was very gullible and trust
My brother Andrew was a humble and feeble guy who always chose to work independently. As my brother Andrew rushed in the house just from school, he was extremely happy because finals in high school were over but still had two tests to overcome. Two challenging tests, a chemistry test full of tricky questions and a fitness test which include the mile, push-ups, pull ups, etc. My brother was a feeble guy just like me and was always especially afraid of doing pull ups. He murmured to himself, “How I am suppose to do a pullup?