A seperate Peace: Leper Essay

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     In the book “A Separate Peace” there are many characters which are talked about and play a role in the story. The main characters Gene and Finny, short for Phineas, are what drive the whole story and are the center of the many themes and meanings derived from this book. Elwin Lepellier also known as Leper-Lepellier is not as visible as Gene and Finny, but plays a role that is essential to the story.
     Leper was one of those people who keep to themselves all the time and aren’t looking to be recognized. He didn’t really talk to anyone although he spoke to Gene. Leper was always off looking for beaver dams or snails to photograph or off skiing and admiring nature. He only
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Later on, Finny stopped going to the Butt Room since he thought that “ If someone gave Leper a loaded gun and put it at Hitler’s Temple, he’d miss” (119). Finny also drew Gene away from Brinker and his crowd and they focused on training for the Olympics, in their own world. When Finny tells Gene to come with him to Leper‘s tree jump initiation, Gene thinks that Finny is trying to ruin his studies because he thinks that Leper would never jump. The role Leper plays there turns Gene’s attention away from his school work and toward competition with finny.
     With Leper in the army, the boys were drawn closer to the was because now one of them was a part of it, which made the war more real to them. Since Finny couldn’t take part in the war he made up a theory that there really was no war, it was just a big hoax run by fat old men designed to keep the young people in their places. At that time Finny started the Winter Carnival, it was all games and fun, nothing else mattered. Gene thought to himself “It wasn’t the cider that made me surpass myself, it was this liberation we had torn from the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this afternoon of momentary, illusory, and separate peace” (128).
      Gene gets a letter from Leper saying that he is at his “Christmas Location,” which meant he was home. This takes the reader away

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