Themes Of Self-Conflict In A Separate Peace By John Knowles

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A Separate Peace, Unit Test Hamza Eldohiri The story “A Separate Peace”, written by John Knowles, was written at the time and takes place during World War II when battles and conflicts amongst nations were evident. Each nation involved struggled and fought their hardest in order to satisfy the good of their nation. Not only is the setting in the story taking place during this time of quarrel, the story also demonstrates areas of self-conflict and an internal battle throughout. The characters in “A Separate Peace”, are described as experiencing this self-conflicting, internal battle. Gene (also the narrator) is specifically depicted as he goes through his battle in life. Gene’s relationship with his “best friend” Phineas describes how the relationship resulted in the killing of Gene's enemy, his own youth, and innocence. Gene is plainly described in the novel as envious of Finny, he is also depicted as the position of much hatred and dismay by his peers. Therefore, the fact that Gene kills his own youth is likely considering Finny’s success, Gene’s jealousy towards Finny,…show more content…
He begins to display envious thoughts. “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything”. He is specifically envious of Finny’s athleticism which in turn brings Finny popularity. “...Finny deliberately evaded an athletic honor. It was true that he had many already—the Winslow Galbraith Memorial Football Trophy for having brought the most Christian sportsmanship to the 20 game during the 1941-1942 season…”. Gene, still containing his innocence, acts on the jealousy he is experiencing and begins to behave in a childish manner. Finny persuades him into becoming more adventurous and outgoing, to make the most of life. This behavior is what begins Genes battle with his own

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