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
Gene struggled to establish his own identity because he was always under the influence of Finny. Even when the relationship became toxic and Gene had an underlying jealousy for Finn, he lacked the confidence to break out of his comfort zone and be an independent person. Gene always believed he was in the shadow of his counterpart Finny; there was always an underlying feeling of jealousy which ultimately was the cause behind Gene making Finny fall out of the tree. His actions on the tree was even a shock to him, it made him aware for the first time of his own inner feelings towards Finny. “That level of feelings, deeper than thought which contains the truth,” (140) for actions speak louder than words and on that particular day Gene’s actions portrayed a side of himself that he refused to believe existed prior to the accident.
[He] deliberately jounced the limb so Finny would fall off”(70). That something deep down, some deep feeling made him do it, made him jounce the limb. Finny denies that Gene would ever do such a thing. Gene persistently tells him the truth which angers Finny and calls Gene a “damn fool”, still denying that it was his fault. Gene admits he jounced the limb which caused Finny to fall, and therefore, he blames himself for Finny's
In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene initiates and defeats his own personal war with Finny, while Leper involuntarily alters his once observant persona for the worse in the midst of the war, demonstrating that those who create their own battles are more likely to succeed rather than others who blindly fall into conflicts without direction. From the start, Gene’s jealousy towards Finny manifests itself repeatedly through Gene’s routine lifestyle, instigating a personal war between the boys due to Gene’s envious actions, foreshadowing his success. This is due to Finny’s lack of knowledge about the situation. Gene’s adoration for Finny’s ability to “get away with anything”, leaves Gene “envying him” since he thought it “was perfectly normal” to adore a best friend, marking
Marguerite was never meant to be a girl and she is regularly reminded of that by her father by saying “you are my misfortune” and “what have I done to deserve you in my life”. Does Marguerite act like a boy should because she doesn’t enjoy the life she is expected to have, or does she want to be the boy her father never had. The count has high expectations on what and how Marguerite should be like and does everything to make her a perfect future ruler. When she finally gets her rapier from Ferre, she knows that “the sword won’t rest in its scabbard”. Her interest sparked by all the stories her father came home and told her about his fights.
The trial increase the crippling effect of guilt on Gene. The following shows how Gene reacted to Leper telling everyone that Gene caused Finny to fall out of the tree. “Everyone must be able to see how false his confidence was. Any fool could see that. But whatever I said would be a self indictment; others would have to fight for me.”(174-175) Gene is so consumed by guilt that he is thinking about everything he does and how that could indicate whether or not he's guilty.
He is ignoring his duty to his family by both not allowing a burial for his nephew as well as sending one of his own family to die, letting his pride excessive pride in himself show. King Creon was too prideful to be responsible towards his own family.
Tim’s expectations were not the case; instead Sam dies by being accused incorrectly of stealing his own cattle to teach other troops a lesson about how serious war is. The unecessary death of Sam inspires Tim to go neutral because Sam was not rewarded for valor and had no glory to his name. Tim doesn’t like that or want that so he chooses neither side of the
I couldn’t stand this” (59). This discovery shatters Gene emotionally because he realizes that all of his feelings of resentment towards Finny are caused by all of his own misperceptions and insecurities. All of the pent-up jealousy inside of Gene releases itself and pushes Gene to commit the ultimate betrayal, jouncing a tree limb that causes Finny to fall into a river bank, an action which leads to Finny shattering his leg. At first, Finny believes that this was all just an accident and even denies that Gene is responsible for his injury when Gene tries to confess to him. Near the end of the novel, though, the relationship between Gene and Finny has been restored by Finny’s realization that Gene was the cause of his injury and his unconditional forgiveness for that wretched deed, but Finny dies soon after.
Unferth challenged Beowulf upon his arrival because he was jealous of anyone who attained fame and glory. Beowulf had also promised to rid Grendel, who had been tormenting Hart. It is possible to say that Unferth challenged him in such a belligerent way because Unferth himself was not able to defeat Grendel. His embarrassment of his failure is what prompts him to act so contentiously. Unferth’s challenge to Beowulf beckons the question in the reader’s mind if whether or not Beowulf will be able to defeat Grendel.