Theme Jealousy In John Knowles A Separate Peace

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A Separate Peace Theme Jealousy In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Knowles portrays jealousy as an element of friendship. The protagonist Gene Forrester has an ongoing battle within himself to find his true emotions towards Phineas, his best friend, and also to find his own identity. Gene and Phineas formed an illusion of a friendship, but there was always an internal rivalry going on between them in Gene’s mind. In the beginning Gene thinks " This time he wasn't going to get away with it. I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that," (2.30. Knowles). He was referring to how Phineas never got in trouble. Gene thought his feeling towards Phineas were completely normal and they would go away over time. However, time
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