Friendship in "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles Essay
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Friendship is one of the most important relationships that people form in all of their lives. Children build bonds when they are young and use those skills to continue fulfilling friendships for the rest of their lives. Throughout A Separate Peace, John Knowles displays the good things about close friendships but also the hardships that often occur. Gene and Finny are two boys that attend Devon school. Which is a school that closely reflects the one that Knowles attended while he was growing up. Both Gene and Finny emotionally grow despite their opposite personalities, and they go through several situations that force them to consider the value of their friendship. Through their time at the school, Knowles reveals Gene’s and Finny’s…show more content…
He thinks Finny is trying to sabotage his studies so that he can be number one at that too! In reality, Finny is just trying to be a good friend. Gene is jealous of Finny’s athleticism, but he covers it up by the thought that all Finny wants to do is hurt him. In attempt to have some fun, Finny wants Gene and some other boys to jump from a tree limb into a river. This challenge is something that has never been done by a boy their age. After doing it once, Finny later convinces Gene to leave his studies and come do it again. While the boys are on the tree limb, Finny stumbles, falls into the river, and breaks his leg. Since Finny can no longer participate in any sporting events, he decides to train Gene for the 1944 Olympics. Gene eventually comes to the conclusion that “[Finny] had never been jealous of [him] for a second. Now [he] know[s] there was and never could have been any rivalry between [them]” (Knowles 78). Gene realizes that Finny wasn’t ever jealous of him, and that pushing Finny from the tree is a mistake that he will later regret. Finny dies after falling down the stairs and a failed surgery, so Gene begins to feel guilty for his actions. Gene had earlier decided to enlist in the war, and had told the other boys about it. After a lot of thinking, he eventually decides not to enlist in the war. Gene now begins to see the wrong doing he had participated in earlier,
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles Essay
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People frequently betray others because of the evil in their hearts. In A Separate Peace, John Knowles uses the pureness of the rakish Finny to portray the savage or bad side of the vulpine Gene. He also uses it to prove that peace is exceedingly difficult to acquire until a person accepts the ignorance in their own heart. That means that acceptance is the key to finding peace. Thus, Gene finds his peace when Finny forgives him and when Gene learns to forgive himself as well.
Gene assumes that Finny and he despise each other, until he becomes aware of how flawless Finny really is, which Gene loathes. Initially, Gene concludes that Finny wants to surpass him. He thinks that the both of them are enemies yet Gene truckles under Finny.…show more content…
Even after everything Gene has done, Finny still acquits him before passing away. Finny avers that Gene just does not know what does. Finny takes the guilt of Gene with him and removes his ignorance. But, Gene must bear the darkness in him or he will perpetually be his own vile rival. When Gene bounces the limb and causes the incident, he draws out the evil in his heart. By carrying out such a crude act, Gene depletes his purity, as well as his envy. Finny, naturally, does not blame Gene and strives to create verisimilitude . Gene tries to tell Finny about the accident and even tries to accuse himself, but Finny refrains to listen.
When Brinker questions Gene in the Butt Room, Gene equivocates and attempts to bury his tracks with sarcasm. Gene guards his secret from himself, as well as others. He, like most people, does not want to recognize the reality and wants to eschew it. Ultimately, Gene acknowledges to himself what he has done and accepts that, “there was always something deadly lurking in anything I wanted, anything I loved. And if it wasn’t then, for example with Phineas, then I put it there myself” (Knowles 101). Gene realizes the bad in his heart and it scares him. He shows how a person can destroy and that person must remove sin in order to accomplish a “separate peace.”
Gene advances by gaining knowledge from Finny and matures from his experiences. The continuity