Coming Of Age Essay

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COMING OF AGE A Separate Peace and Huckleberry Finn come from an immature start and develop and come of age. During the entirety of both novels, all characters learn and become mature. Before they can grow that had to be subjected to hardships and difficulties in order to be delivered to the end of their journey. Yet, they are not capable of seeing where they are going or how they will get there. So, it is impossible to see what they have accomplished. In a Separate Peace Gene is an intellectual who misunderstood his friends motives and decides to terminate him. Gene hurts his friend permanently and he will remember the effect on his friend. This effect in reality causes him to endure more suffering than Finny. During the entire novel all characters realize how unknowledgeable and inexperienced they really are. Gene is the first to acknowledge this. Gene perceives this when he thinks that Finny would (jokingly) kill himself out of jealous envy over the fact that Gene could be head of the class. Gene does not take this jokingly but Gene believed him. "The joking manner was a screen; I believed him" Gene thought as Finny tried to make Gene stop worrying about his schoolwork. Genes growing up occurred premature because it unfortunately becomes a war that consumes and poisons him. The war inside him causes traumatic circumstances to arise, such as the accident including Finny. In the commencement of the novel Gene recalls a time when he was younger and he could make himself escape from the great fear that he lived in. "A little fog hung over the river, so that as I neared it I felt myself becoming isolated from everything except the river and the trees beside it" The forced Gene to become something he cared not to be, and Gene unfortunately grows up to soon.Finny never faced reality, when it came to a war, Finny announced there was not a war, but in fact, it was a joke inspired by some old guys who were laughing because they had fooled the entire world. Finny talked about the war as non-existent and he and Gene voiced that it was impossible and there could not be a war. Gene said these words out of sympathy to please Finny, but subconsciously they both knew the truth, but denied it because it was reality. But in the end Finny says, "I wish to God there was not a war." This was his way of coming of age, Finny reveals to Gene, "I was going to keep on saying, (there was no war) until two seconds after I got a letter from Ottaua or ChangKing or someplace saying, 'Yes you can enlist with us." Finny was a kid at heart who was not selfish like Gene, but it is also difficult to see how he advances because of the obstacle he unfortunately has to endure. Leper was a sensitive boy going into the war who is most concerned with beaver dams and butterflies. He left the war as a "Psycho", concerned and self-centered. This psychotic behavior was a terrible way to turn. Leper was the one who made Gene and Finny face...

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