Essay on "A Separate Peace" Analysis

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Can one live in the illusion they create for themselves in an attempt to escape the realities of their life choices? The book, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, is a novel narrated by a character named Gene. In the novel Gene struggles with the memory of him causing his best friend Finny to fall from a tree. This fall ruins Finny athletic future, however Finny is unaware that Gene caused his fall. Throughout the story Gene struggles with whether or not he should confess to Finny. Although confessing to Finny would have deeply hurt him, Gene should have confessed because it would have cleared his conscious, it would have made Finny accept reality, and Finny would never have died. Although unveiling the truth to Finny would have made Gene …show more content…
Clearing one's conscious is not only good for oneself but also has positive effects on others. In the novel Gene relays his subconscious guilt when he says "At Devon, where every stick of furniture didn't assert that Finny was part of it, I could make it up to him."(70) This shows Gene's absolute need to get even with Finny. It shows by simply confessing he would of hurt Finny but ultimately they would of both benefitted. At the end when Finny and Gene are discussing the events of the day the accident occurred, Finny forgives Gene and Gene feels better because of that. Unfortunately their resolution is too late and their new friendship is short lived. Another reason Gene should have confessed was to awake Finny to the reality of the world. In the book Gene has no comprehension of Finny's theories of there not being a war. Finny explains his theory to Gene when he says "But they couldn't use that trick forever, so for us they've cooked up this war fake."(115) What he does not understand is Finny refuses to believe that he will not be able to partake in the war. Finny refuses to believe anything or anyone can stop him from completing his goals, so therefore he discredits any goals he is unable to achieve. Most importantly confessing to Finny would have led to the extension of his life. By not confessing to Finny he creates a web of lies. Every string of the web lead back to Gene

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