I think this because it was shown a lot in chapter 3 and 4 that Gene has a dark, jealous side. Whenever something bad happens to Gene the first person he looks to blame is Finny. It is shown that he is very insecure throughout both of these chapters because he thinks that Finny excels more than he
Gene was out for Finny because he thought Finny was trying to be better than everyone else. By jouncing the limb and breaking Finny’s leg, Gene no longer had to worry about Finny being the star of greatness. Throughout the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, there are many examples of how greatness can cause others to act indifferently. Certain aspects of this can be positive but, they mostly possess a negative connotation. Gene becomes more outgoing and more willing to do things, but at the same time envies Finny and does things that could ruin their friendship.
Gene first begins with a simple jealousy for his friend. That jealousy leads him to yearn to become like Finny, which in Gene’s eyes is considered godlike. Later, Gene’s desire becomes so strong that he ruins Finny’s life in order to take his identity, but at the end realizes, that he destroyed Finny’s life for nothing. Therefore, beware of desires, since they could lead to catastrophic events that might change the life of everyone
“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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide” (370). If this is the case, then how does it apply to John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, set in 1940’s New Hampshire? In the novel, Gene Forrester’s envy and imitation of Phineas lead him to sacrifice his individuality. In A Separate Peace Gene Forrester returns to his time at Devon to examine how his envy and imitation cause him to make courageous and impulsive decisions, to establish his and Finny’s role in their friendship, and to reflect on his achievement of peace. Gene’s spite and imitation affect him on both a mental and emotional level.
This also change the mood of the story from greed to contentment. As the two boys start depending on each other, their identities becomes more linked to each other. Jealousy created this urge for Gene to be exactly like Finny so he can have some fame. During the story, Gene dresses in Finney’s clothes and sees himself looking exactly like him (91-93). Finney’s death, separated them physically, but truly Gene’s identity from Finney’s.
The author, John Knowles, in the novel, “A Separate Peace”, conveys the lesson of friendship, or rather the lack of, with his use of diction. The strategy in which the author phrased certain sections of dialogue between Finny and Gene is there to show that Finny cares for Gene despite Gene’s obvious discontent. The friendship is a one-way street, and the author uses diction to represent this unbalance in the relationship, leading to friendship being a key theme throughout the book. There exist many examples of this diction throughout the novel, one of these is during their illegal beach trip. “I hope you’re having a pretty good time here.
For in striving to be that, it can be said that insecurity is an invisible weapon that oftentimes kills our self-esteem. At the beginning of the novel, Gene is envious of Phineas’s talents and care-free spirit. Therefore, Gene’s doubts destroys his confidence in his own capabilities. Although Gene is honored to be Phineas’s best friend, and this makes him realize that,
Here, Gene is trying to justify his envy towards Finny, which could represent the justification of calamities in war. Another example is Gene wishing bad for Finny, “This time he wasn't going to get away with it. I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that” (Knowles 27). Gene’s response to Finny getting in trouble could represent war mentality because Gene is wishing bad for Finny. The author is using the story of friendship with jealousy to tell the story of war as in how some sides look for conflicts like Gene and the others stay away from it like Finny.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that, “envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide.” (370). John Knowles’ A Separate Peace is set during World War I at Devon School, a boarding school for boys. The book centers on Gene Forrester, a student at Devon, who could be described as an intelligent, but jealous, conformist. A Separate Peace illustrates Gene’s envy and imitation of his friend, Finny, and how it affects himself and his relationship with Finny, and also how Gene eventually finds peace. To start, Gene’s envy and imitation of Phineas affect him in many different ways.