John Knowles 'A Separate Peace': Character Analysis

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Defying reality makes life more difficult than it has to be. Although it might seem scary to lose your innocence it's a fact of life. Losing innocence is the only way people are able to survive in a harsh society. The characters Gene and Finny decide to defy reality by conjuring illusions and burying emotions. With doing so they consequently make their lives very hard and leading to some of them making regretful choices like hurting the ones closest to them. Gene and Finny are naive towards the idea that all people have hate and jealousy inside of then. Finny and Gene like to believe that people are good and their intention for their peers are in the right place. But when Gene felt a sense of disappointment after Finny got out of a sticky …show more content…
When Gene jounced the limb and confessed it to Finny, Finny didn’t believe Gene because his innocent mind believes that Gene is a good person and wouldn’t do something like that. Because Finny denied Gene’s truth, the whole situation got escalated to the point where the boys hold a trial. In the trial Finny finds out that Gene was speaking truthfully. Finny is crushed and Gene even realizes that this truth “...was an even deeper injury than what I had done before.” (70) If Finny was able to see the reality of the world; that people all have a bit of darkness inside them, then he could’ve prevented an injury that had killed …show more content…
Gene believes that friends don’t really share their feelings with each other. True friendships only last because true friends will share their feeling with each other and are open. Phineas is a true friend to Gene and allows himself to be vulnerable around him. He even shares that Gene is his “‘...best pal.” (48) which according to Gene is “the next thing to suicide.” (48). But unlike Phineas, Gene is hesitant to tell Phineas the same back. This shows that Gene is not a true friend because he’s reluctant to share a deeper feeling to Finny. Because Gene is naive to the idea of a true friendship, he keeps his feelings to himself which will lead him to jouncing the limb. He jounces the limb because he believed Finny was “...out to wreck [his] studies” (53). Instead of confronting Finny with these feeling he decides to keep it to himself which causes him to be angry and that anger overtook his proper judgement which was the leading cause of the jouncing the limb.If Gene opened himself up to Finny this accident could have been

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