Summary Of The Novel 'A Separate Peace' By John Knowles

869 Words4 Pages

John Knowles’ novel, A Separate Peace has shown us that friendship is an essential part of life, and that you must be loyal to your friends in order to have a healthy friendship. In the novel A Separate Peace, the theme of friendship is displayed elegantly throughout the novel between the two main characters Gene and Phineas. As these two best friends go from the greatest friends in the world to friends competing against each other and seeking vengeance in order to gain superiority, we see rivalry, the consequences of jealousy, and how self sufficiency is not the key to a strong and lasting friendship. In this book, rivalry is very strong and prominent within the students at The Devon School, and in many cases in this book rivalry is exemplified. …show more content…

This was why he liked me so much. When I jumped on top of him, my knees on his chest, he couldn't ask for anything better. We struggled in some equality for a while, and then when we were sure we were too late for dinner, we broke off.” In this quote from the book, Gene and Phineas experience rivalry in a fun non harmful way as they both wrestle each other on the ground. When Gene jumps on top on Finny, Finny started to smile as he knew that it was all in good fun. However rivalry can also be really damaging to a friendship, which is what happened to Gene and Finny. Because they were rivals, when Gene and Finny were climbing up the tree, Gene felt the need to try to injure Finny because he was the star athlete of The Devon School and Gene was not very athletic. In order to hinder Finnys athletic success and take away the one thing he is best at, Gene decides to sabotage Finny in the wake of a Rivalry. Rivalry …show more content…

Gene has trouble dealing with the fact that Phineas has the ability to talk his way out of any situation he gets himself into, and never gets in trouble for breaking the rules. “I was beginning 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.” in this quote, Gene starts to envy Phineas for his ability to get away with anything. Gene tells himself that there is “no harm” in envying your best friend a little. Although a little envy may seem harmless to Gene, jealousy can bring out the worst in

Open Document