a Separate Peace

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Finding Peace In the novel, A Separate Peace, John Knowles writes about how easy friendships and relationships can dismantle. Friends are much needed in one’s life. A friend is, trustworthy, kind, obliging, loyal, and is always there when needed. There are always two sides to a friendship, good, or bad. In this book, the author has many examples of how delicate friendships can be between two individuals. Gene and Finny (Phineas), the two main characters of A Separate Peace, slowly ruin their “friendship” throughout the book. The boys: Gene, Finny, and Leper. Those three individuals mature into responsible men Gene didn’t think that Finny could handle the truth and accept reality. It just shows what kind of person Gene thinks Finny is: a person living in denial. Finny didn’t appreciate the jokes that Gene seemed to have and endless supply of. When Gene pushed Finny out of the tree, Finny stated, “I don’t care.” (PG 168) He didn’t want to face the fact that he was pushed out of the tree. Finny didn’t want to move on to other things, he instead, stayed on the past and not believing anything else. He spends his time more so running from the truth about how he fell from the tree and how there’s no war. When Finny had broken his leg, he didn’t want to accept the differences, emotional or physical. I think that in a way, the cast represents his betrayal of Gene, as well as reality. The cast makes Finny realize that he can no longer be an athlete. Finny didn’t want his spirits for the love of sports to disappear, he wanted someone to carry on his enthusiasm, he tells Gene, “Listen pal, if I can’t play sports, then you are going to play them for me.” (PG. 77) Gene has a feeling of relief because Finny still wants to be his friend even though Finny knows that he pushed him off of the tree branch. Gene’s attitude changed when the fact that Finny could never play

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