Separate Peace Essay

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Separate Peace

Challenges of Civilization
(An Analysis of Marxism in a Separate Peace)

A Separate Peace is an impeccable paradigm of critical mythology interpreted by
philosophers such as Marx, Engels and Hegel. The philosophy of Marxism serves as a basis
for socialism and communism and is explicitly demonstrated by means of power, the
understanding of human nature, and alienation. Finny demonstrates authority and control
over a lonely, alienated friend Gene, however, unitedly they discover friendship through
the individuality possessed by one another. Finny and Gene agonize with these eminent
responsibilities and endeavor to uncover an inner peace within themselves as they evolve
into young adults waking to the realities of life. Their entity follows the social
formation of their lives, "men enter into definite relations that are indispensable and
dependant of their will, relations of production ...development of their material
productive forces." (Tucker, 1978, pg.4)

Therefore, by means of growth to maturity the two young men exemplify the challenges of manhood.
Power is an extremely dominant element that illustrates authority and control between the
two young men Finny and Gene. Throughout society, "the social power, i.e., the multiplied
productive force, which arises through the co-operation of different individuals, since
their co-operation is not voluntary but has come about naturally, not as their own united
power."(Tucker, pg.161) Finny conducts himself as an authority figure, and an
individualist with distinct and domineering characteristics. He emphasizes his power as a
perfect individual that is not concerned what other people conceive of him. Finny's
aggressiveness about jumping from the


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tree has Gene thinking "What was I doing up here anyway? Why did I let Finny talk me into
stupid things like this? Was he getting some kind of hold over me? During their game of


Blitzball, Finny takes control of making the rules and shouts, "Stop, Stop! in a referee's
tone." (Knowles, pg.35) Consequently, as power overwhelms Finny, he undertakes to
experience the reality of life.

Nature of man illustrates the society's connection between fellowship and one's own
individual existence. The civilization that surrounds mankind "exists only for social man;
for only here does nature exist for him as a bond with man...as the life element of the
human world; only here does nature exist as the foundation of his own existence" (Tucker,
pg. 85) As the young boys interconnect throughout numerous activities the beach becomes
very significant. The proximity of the boys becomes an emotional situation,

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