A Separate Peace 3 Essay

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A Separate Peace 3


A Separate Peace

Dealing with enemies has been a problem since the beginning of time. 'I never killed
anybody,'; Gene had commented later in his life, 'And I never developed an intense level
of hatred for the enemy. Because my war ended before I ever put on a uniform, I was on
active duty all my time at Devon; I killed my enemy there.'; In A Separate Peace, by John
Knowles, the value of dealing with enemies is shown by Gene, who was dealing with few
human enemies, but his emotions created far greater rivals than any human could ever
posses.


One of the enemies that Gene created for himself was jealousy. Gene was jealous of
everything about Finny. The openness which Finny possessed was one of these things which
Gene envied. One incident of Finny's openness was when he wore the pink shirt. By wearing
this he was 'symbolizing the first U.S. bombing in Europe.'; Gene simply replied to the
shirt by calling Finny 'nuts,'; but deep down inside Gene was jealous of Finny's boldness.
Another incident of Finny's openness, or boldness is when he wore the school tie as a
belt. Gene was anxiously waiting for Finny to get yelled at, but because of his openness
he was able to talk his way out of getting into trouble. Finny claimed that he wore the
tie as a belt because it represented 'Devon in the War.'; Again, Gene was envious of
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