John Knowles' “A Separate Peace” is a young boy's attempt to discover personal identity in an always-transforming world. Gene develops an intense resentment towards Finny because he holds and shows charm, talent, integrity, and relies on pure achievement instead of competition. Gene suspects that Finny has become jealous his academic accomplishments and has tried to distract from his studies. His accusations transform into hate and he later finds out that Finny resents him. But in all reality it is Gene who resents Finny and his resentment increases when Finny does not attain a reciprocal envy.
One of those situations being the betrayal of Finny to Gene when he causes him to flunk his first test. Another being how betrayed Gene felt when Leper accused him of deliberately hurting Finny and causing him to fall out of the tree, shattering his leg. The most influential betrayal of the whole novel was when Gene jounced the limb and broke Finny’s leg. Although finny forgave him, he still couldn’t help but feel a little bit betrayed by him. He had always thought they were best friends and that they were always there for each other, when Finny never realized Gene only saw the competition between them, and that really shows how completely different types of people they are.
Jay Gatsby is also motivated by love, however it is by the love he has for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. As he tries to win Daisy over, Gatsby fears that she will always judge him for the class he is a part of in society. Hamlet and Gatsby are both similar in the sense that they are both tragic heroes, however their tragic flaws greatly differ. Gatsby’s flaw is that he is a dreamer and lives in a world where he is not able to face reality, while Hamlet’s issue is that he is a procrastinator and is unable to make decisions at the right time. Additionally, Gatsby and Amir are both forced to face the problems of class distinction in order to conquer their ultimate goals.
When Gene went he realized that Leper was Away With Out Leave and the war had caused him to go insane. Leper’s enlistment made the concept of the war easier for Gene to cope with. The friendship between Gene and Leper was probably the least significant relationship for Gene of all. Brinker was jealous over the quick bonding between Gene and Finny, so Brinker looked for a way to revenge Gene by having a trial and forcing Finny to see that Gene really did cause him to fall. Leper gained the respect of Gene and the others, when he enlisted with the ski troopers.
Lord Of The Flies Motif Essay In “Lord of the Flies”, William Golding uses symbols and motifs to convey his theme of the nature of mankind. In the beginning they are organized and behaving in a rational way. As the story progresses the boys become more and more savage until at the end they are hunting one of them with the intention of killing him. Through the book, Golding uses the conch, the fire, the hunting party, the clothing and the beast to convey that men are naturally savage without laws to control them. They are on an island after they survive a plane crash.
Hindley always treated Heathcliff very badly for a long time, and Heathcliff began to despise Hindley more and more. When Mr. Earnshaw dies Heathclff is still ridiculed by Hindley. Paul Cheetham states that “After Mr. Earnshaw’s death [Heathcliff] experiences at the hands of Hindley” (Cheetham). Hindley still treats Heathclff badly after Mr. Earnshaw’s death because he doesn’t want to forgive him for what he has done. Vereen M. Bell states, “Hindley cannot forgive Heathclff for unsurpuring the love of his father, so once he master of Wuthering Heights he sees that Heathcliff is methodically humiliated and degraded” (Bell).
Gene thinks, “That way he, the great athlete, would be way ahead of me.” (53). Gene starts to think that he is competing with Finny and finny was trying to get ahead of him by using trickery, but he takes the competition that’s in his head too far and creates enemies for himself out of things that’s all in his head without any facts. Furthermore, Gene’s jealousy
I know I kind of dragged you away at the point of a gun, but after all, you can’t come to the shore with just anybody and you can’t come by yourself, and at this teen-age period in life the proper person is your best pal (Knowles 40).” In this quote, Finny tells Gene that he is grateful to Gene for being his best friend. This shows that Finny is actually a true friend and is not as selfish as he may appear. However, Finny is also a little envious of Gene’s academic abilities and this next quote helps to illustrate this fact, “I’d kill myself out of jealous envy (Knowles 44).” Even though Finny says this in a joking
Although his actions are very insane, they can be seen as rational to reader considering hedonism. Devotion to pleasure, hedonism, makes Dorian be deceitful about his true self by deflecting the attention of the public from the mad man to the beautiful and intelligent gentlemen. Dorian is, young, sensitive, and emotional, meaning that he is susceptible to manipulation. Lord Henry takes advantage of that opportunity and gives Dorian the yellow book; this book opens up the world of hedonism and aestheticism which eventually turns his young life into an eternal oblivion of misery. Dorian develops a fear of aging so he tries to live his life as if it was his last day on earth.
So Gene is left with no other solution, but to forget about the accident. When Gene finally came back to the academy he decided to be an assistant senior crew manager, because he felt guilt and decided not to play sports. The usual crew managers are often kids with disabilities. So, when Quakenbush made fun of Gene, and he believed that his ignorance over those summers’ events was somehow insulting to Finny. So, Gene decided to take matter into his own hands and got into a physical confrontation with Quakenbush, for that moment he was Finny‘s protector.