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Seperate Peace Essay

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In the coming of age novel, A Separate Peace, Finny's fall from the tree serves as an integral part of the novel's plot as well as turning point for both Finny and Gene. My views on this particular accident is that Gene's role in Finny's accident was of minimal proportions, it was not premeditated, also Gene's thoughts prior and after the accident were of human thinking, not evil or mean. Gene's role in Finny's accident was a misunderstanding. Gene's actions were not premeditated and were simply committed on impulse. Last, the thoughts of Finny's best friend were simply of regret and disapproval of what he was thinking.First, my view on Finny's accident, was that he was walking a thin line. For example, "This was the first of many rules which Finny created about the Super Suicide Society, I hated it. It showed Finny, had created many rules, which everyone abhorred. He was a very bossy type of guy, especially when pushing Gene to the extreme, just to accomplish the jump. Also, " Finny had deliberately been set out to wreck my studies. All of this built up to some thing greater, when Gene failed his French examination and his Trigonometry test just because of Finny pressuring him into things, which he disliked. His main role was just to keep Finny away from his stupid ideas and daring attitudes. It was not that, Gene was jealous of his own best friend. In the next paragraph, the discussion of Gene's actions were not premeditated will take place.Secondly, Gene's actions were not premeditated because he would have committed the crime before he got to the tree. It was basically an impulse, which everyone gets around something tall, rigid and scary such as a tree. For example, "I could have been killed. Finny had practically saved my life," this quote illustrates Gene's approval and recognition of Gene's friendliness. He more over liked him to be his best friend, therefore, it was not premeditated. Also, "I deliberately jounced the limb so you would fall off" gives a sense of guiltiness but at the same time shows his inner side that, he rather be blamed than Finny's balance. It portrays to me that he was covering up for his guiltiness for letting Finny up in the tree and that...

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