Gene's Worst Enemy In A Separate Peace By John Knowles

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“Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy”-Anonymous. In New Hampshire, Gene attended an all boy boarding school called the Devon School during World War 2. In the midst, of the war, he spends his time at the Devon School; with his best friend Finny. Finny and Gene are the opposites from each other, but it did not stop them from being friends.Gene is more reserve and an excellent scholar.On the other hand, Finny is a tremendous athlete, outgoing, and an average scholar. It seems as though their life is peaceful at the Devon School despite the war going on.However, Gene struggled internally to find peace with himself. In the novel, he says” my war ended before I even put on a uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there” (Knowles 204)
The reason Gene said that he killed his enemy at the Devon School because he was his enemy.The reason is …show more content…

Gene was jealous of Finny athletic achievements, careless personality, and his natural leadership.“I was starting 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 20)”.Gene trying to justify his ill feelings by saying its natural to be jealous. Despite his reasoning, his jealousy toward Finny comes from the things he wishes he had that Finny does.He starts to resent the fact he will never resemble Finny in any way. One of the major turning points in the novel is when Finny falls from the tree branch that Gene jump on. “ For a moment I was almost taken in by it. Then my eyes fell on the bound and cast white mass pointing at me, and as it was always to do, it brought me down out of Fanny's world of invention, down again as I had fallen after awakening that morning, down to reality, to the facts “(Knowles 98). Gene finds satisfaction that after the incident Finny is longer an athlete or able to talk himself out of

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