How Does Gene Forrester End In A Separate Peace
Peace comes at the price of great struggle and sacrifice for most people. A Separate Peace is a story about Gene Forrester, the protagonist of the story, and his constant struggle with his internal emotional conflicts. He has to fight a war within his own mind that every man has to fight for himself. His battles eventually uproot underlying emotions of jealousy and envy towards his friends. These emotions later set off a series of events that change his life forever, and he has to fight more for peace amidst a world of chaos. Despite the psychological influences of World War II, Gene Forrester, by the end of the novel, succeeds in finding peace for himself because he endures a philosophy to forgiveness and love.
War destroys not only physical buildings but also one’s mindset. In the last chapter, Gene explains …show more content…
What he learns from Phineas is that the ways to avoid being corrupted by the war is to love, and to forget his hatred. Gene is saved by adopting Phineas’s steadfast innocence is manifested when he states that “I was ready for the war, now that I no longer had any hatred to contribute to it” (203); thus this valuable lesson he learns from Phineas provides him a separate peace from the rest. As the chapter advances, Gene goes on to say that what separated Phineas from everyone else was his inability, or lack of desire, to understand these notions of war and enmity, thus, “Phineas had absorbed it and taken it with him, and I was rid of it forever”(203). This quote again proves that Gene’s hatred towards the war is washed away with the positivity and peacefulness of Phineas because Phineas’s gentle state of mind rubbed off on him. Furthermore, for Finny, everyone was a friend; no one deserved fear and hatred, as a result, his ability to accept and to forgive teaches Gene a lesson and leads him to be peaceful. Nevertheless, as the novel comes to