“Because my war ended before I ever put on the uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there” (Knowles 204). In John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, the main character conforms their way to maturity and peace. Gene Forrester is a young student who is academically well-off but is also conflicted with envy by his best friend Phineas. Phineas, or “Finny”, is talented at sports and very charismatic around the school. Thus, A Separate Peace depicts the effect of Gene and his relationships but also the lack of peace, and the ultimate resolve of peace he accomplishes.
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).
Have you ever had the feeling of fear and jealousy because of your friend? Well, in the novel, “A Separate Peace”, written by John Knowles, there are two friends named Gene and Finny. They both go to Devon school in New Hampshire; Gene if a very smart student that can be the head of his class and Finny is a very good athlete who is up for many awards at Devon. Gene though throughout the story feels this sense of jealousy and the fear towards Finny, Finny is always getting Gene to do stupid stuff that usually always gets him into some kind of trouble. But as the same things go on Gene starts to feel that Finny is out to wreck his studies, so in result of that he pushes Finny out of a tree and shatters his leg.
Gene from John Knowles novel, A Separate Peace, a dynamic character changes in accordance to the events of the story. Gene is a very intelligent student. Throughout the novel we see Gene almost become persuaded by the actions of his friend Phineas. Phineas is a bouncy character who loves sports and doesn’t see the value of studying like Gene. Gene frequently tries to balance his academic and social life, but he gets sick of this balancing act when he backlashes at Phineas for interrupting him from his schoolwork, “Okay, we go.
When speaking about the war Finny makes a remark, “The people behind the war are fat old men” (Knowles 71), referring to his idea of a conspiracy behind the war. Finny is the only one to deny that the war is actually happening it. Whilst every other student accepts the conflict, and matures. After Phineas reveals to Gene that he has been trying to enlist multiple times, Gene replies with, “Phineas, you wouldn't be any good in the war, even if nothing had happened to your leg” (Knowles 190). Gene is simply referring to Finny’s character, Finny is too tenuous like the time he broke the school swimming record and refused to make it public.
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Devon, an elite boarding school, is highly competitive, forcing students to have envy for one another. In the story Gene’s envy for Finny is a constant theme throughout the book. Working little for his goals, it can be seen that Finny gets everything he wants using his persuasion and athletic abilities . As Finny’s friend it is easy to feel pushed away from the spotlight. Gene thinks everything he does with Finny is a competition.