The Escape of Reality
Through out life, many people find ways to escape their own day to day routine and dismiss their future. Some people find it harder to accept their future than others and it shows through their character. In "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles, Finny and Gene try to escape reality and live in an illusion, but end up having to face the truthiness in life. Through the theme, the characters demonstrate how a person can lose sight if the future to stay in the present and deny what they have done and deny what is to come. Also, it brings out the personality of these characters when they have to face the present.
Although Finny is very popular in his class, he still sees life at a different angle as most people do. Gene pushed Finny out of the tree, leading to his broken leg. Finny denies that this ever happened and moves on with his life. After feeling regret and seeing how happy Finny is, he cannot even think of how to tell him the truth. Finny is in a life that he has created and sees it as just that. He does not take anything too personally or think about his own future. Finny enjoys the here and now and believes it should stay that way.
Even though Gene understands what he did to Finny, he clearly demonstrates how much of the situation he is still uncomfortable with. Gene knows what he did to Finny and feels awful about it. Sometimes, a person has to do...