A Seperate Peace Critical Analysis Essay

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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. When Gene's acts resentment drives him to enacts malicious thoughts and behaviors, he suddenly realizes that his real enemy lies not with Finny, but within himself, Finny's lack of comprehension with reality destroys him, and war is an internal conflict that beings spend their lives fighting against(This view is also shared by Bryant Hallman). Gene is very intelligent who ultimately adores and is jealous of Finny. He increasingly loses character and thinks to disperse it with his friend. Gene copes with his jealousy by convincing himself that he and Finny were "even after all, even in enmity. The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all(Chap 3)." He gradually realizes his awareness of his resentment towards Finny, and the idea of a "deadly rivalry(chap 3)" sustains Gene for a while. It allows him to devoid having guilt when at the same time driving him to excel academically despite of Finny. When he suddenly discovers that Finny doesn't share neither his sense of competition or resentment, Gene sinks into further lower resentment towards Finny. His next envy for Finny's moral superiority transpires when Gene realizes Finny "had never been jealous of me. Now I knew that there never was and never could be any rivalry between us. I was not the same quality as he. I couldn't

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