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Gene’s Transformation Throughout "A Separate Peace" By John Knowles

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In the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, the main character, Gene, transforms from a clueless individual, to one who understands events by the middle of the novel, when he starts to gain knowledge. By the end of the novel, Gene is a wise individual who has obtained his knowledge with age.
In the beginning of the novel, Gene, is a clueless individual. He sees the worst in people and lets his evil side take over not only his mind but also his body. During the tree scene, Gene convinces himself that Finny isn’t his friend, tricking himself into thinking that Finny is a conniving foil that wants to sabotage his academic merit. Gene is furthermore deluded that every time Finny invites Gene somewhere it’s to keep him from studying and doing well. Finny has a reputation for being the the best athlete in school, and Gene attempts to counterbalance Finny’s power by being the best student. After a while of joining Finny’s activities, Gene thinks that Finny is intentionally trying to make him fail out of school. He starts to dislike Finny and his activities, and Gene starts interrupting his schoolwork to jump from the tree more and more often. For instance,”Holding firmly to the trunk I took a step toward him, and my knees bent and I jounced the limb.”(60).On one occasion, he thoughtlessly jounces the limb and Finny falls and breaks his leg. This is the tree scene where Gene thoughtlessly makes Finny fall. It’s done after a build-up of anger. Finally, it was a way for Gene to blow off steam for the moment before thinking of consequences afterward, such as Finny shattering his leg.
In the middle of the novel, Gene starts to understand events as time passes. One particular event is when Gene visits...

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