A substantial part of growth is the decisions a person makes throughout their lifetime. In the novel a Separate Peace, the reader can see how Gene, the prominent character, experiences a radical change in the novel. Some decisions like becoming friends with Finny help him comprehend who he truly is. This companionship also gives Gene an understanding of his personality and of a free world with no rules. Decisions do not always have to be good, for example the decision of pushing finny off the tree was cruel, nevertheless it helped Gene grow.
This is a keypoint in the novel which showed Gene at his lowest point where he let his emotions get the bestof him. Throughout the rest of the book Knowles keeps stating Gene’s thoughts of regret andFinny’s disbelief of the situation. In a true friendship, if one was feeling a great amount jealousy,one would most likely talk it through or at least think through the situation instead of trying tocause physical harm to them.Once summer session is over, Brinker Hadley comes into the two boys room unaware ofFinny’s return and asks Gene if he is ready to enlist which they talked about prior to Finny’sreturn. Finny who wanted nothing more to be able to enlist was thinking about losing his bestfriend but reacted differently. He kind of shook it off and went to shower.
Finny tragically stumbles on a limb on the top of the tree and fall off, shattering his leg. Finny survives the fall, but, will never be able to play sports again. Finny’s friend Brinker, who is under the suspicion Gene caused the accident, calls a fake trial. He spits hostile questions at Gene, asking him if he did it. This overwhelms Finny who walks out.
Many people think of their best friends, and they are happy to see them, want to do things with them, and are just generally glad to have them around. However, in John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, this is not the case with friends Phineas and Gene. In this novel, Knowles uses the protagonist, Gene forrester, to help show how betrayal can ruin friendships. He uses many techniques, including foreshadowing, figurative language, and symbolism. Foreshadowing is a technique that is used throughout the book.
It is packed with heart-wrenching moments that make the reader feel his pain. For instance, Sheff is always worried sick when his son disappears without saying where he’s going. One particular time, when Jasper asks where his older brother is, Sheff responds, “with more emotion than I intended to betray: ‘We don’t know.’ Jasper begins to cry” (Sheff 101). This moment makes the audience feel for Sheff and his family, because it is a new side of the common addiction story that has more impact emotionally than one may think. People hear the side of the addict themselves so much more often, that the parents’ point of view is more shocking and emotional.
In A Separate Peace Phineas (Finny) and Gene become a model of codependency. At the start of A Separate Peace Gene expresses envy and resentment towards Finny. Finny’s physical abilities in sports lead Gene to feel it necessary to accentuate his intellectual abilities in school. Gene’s need quickly turns into a one sided competition against Finny, until Finny falls out of a tree breaking his leg, exposing Gene’s darker feelings towards his best friend. Now rather than envy fueling Finny and Gene’s relationship, it quickly becomes fueled by their codependency on each other.
“He must have been coming for the child, but poor fellow is so old that the rain knocked him down” ( Marquez 2014). In the story because the man with the wings was different, he was tortured, and treated like an animal. People only wanted to use him rather it be for profit, which Peylayo and Elisenda did by charging to look at him. Then there were people who would pluck his
Huckleberry dreaded and, or, hated by mothers in the village.he misleads the boys in the village,such as in the chapter that i’m reading he and Tom are trying to steal treasure from engine joe.he is the foolish and blithe one as the story goes on. Last but not least Tom Sawyer, who once was blithe but now is starting to care for others. Tom is not as careless and foolish as he was in early chapters of the book,he is maturing as i get further into the the book. An example of this is when Becky rips the teacher’s book for the next class, but does not let get in trouble for it. Instead he tke blame for what Becky has done, he told a lie to the class.
He still remembered things that you would be surprised that somebody would still want to hold on to. He remembers his family 's discomforting feel; his so-called friends constantly mocking him, taking advantage of him. His agitation as a result of the ethically questionable experiment is apparent and deeply felt: “Why can 't I remember? I’ve got to fight. I lie in bed for days and I don 't know who or where I am.
We walked down my steep stairs into my room left untouched from this morning. We talked and talked about unnecessary things, and when i asking him to leave because i had family over he did the unthinkable. Something i thought he never do before something i knew would probably happen but i hoped it wouldn’t. He had punched me.. Dropped in actually, he swung so hard he fell on the