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Gene And Finny Are Allegorical Characters In "A Seperate Peace".

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Innocent death caused by bleeding green with envyWars begin when countries compete to be the unsurpassed leaders of the world. It all starts with a good country that has the finest resources and the top technology. This country does not have to try to be the best; it is born to be, and it lives angelically with other countries. Consequently, the immeasurable greatness of this nation is never loved by all. The weaker countries develop evil jealousy, and hatred for the dominant empire. Soon the wickedness of the county starts creeping out. Mournfully, the powerful country lacks the ability to see the hatred flowing through the veins of the weaker country. As a result of the jealously, a massacre of the superpower takes place, and the once weaker country over takes the superpower. In the same way that envy leads to the termination of a country, if affects people also. People, who do well for themselves in life, are envied by people who do not accomplish the same. This leads to obsessive jealously by evil characters, therefore resulting in the end to the once prosperous individual. John Knowles uses two allegorical characters in his novel A Separate Peace, to represent how Gene's evil personality and the innocent charisma of Phineas affect each other. Finny's death is caused by Gene containing envy for Finny's attitude, personality, nature and talents.Gene was doomed to be wicked well before his teenage years when he caused the death of his best friend Finny, his parents were the initiators of his fate. When a mother and father pick a name for their offspring, they pick names that will represent what their child will become. According to critic Anne Alton, Gene's complete given name is Eugene, which means well-born when translated into Greek meaning (250). His name alone shows that when he was brought into this cruel world, he had high expectations that his parents set. Throughout the novel, Gene feels there are certain standards he has to meet with sports, grades, goals, and status. Gene declares to Finny that he has to study for his French test, rather than watch Leper Lepellier jump out of the tree. He wants to do well on the test so that he can compete with Chet Douglass, who is Gene's main opponent for the position of class valedictorian (Knowles 58). Gene fells that being the smartest teen in his graduating class is a good way to prove to his parents that he is worthy of his high ranking name. Gene feeling unable to live up to the standards that his parents created causes him to have mental jealousy issues. Finny is living up to his principles of sports without practice or help.Caused by Gene craving to meet his parents' high expectations, Gene's mental war against Finny thrives. Gene's jealousy multiplies day after day, and within his evil mind, Gene sees Finny on a pedestal. Causing Gene's rage is feeling like the teachers would let Finny get away with anything due to his sweet talk. An example of this is when Finny rushes to get dressed for...

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