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The key component of the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles is jealousy The novel builds upon jealousy which is one of the ten deadly sins Envy can make a person act in a way that is out of their character In the novel Gene is jealous of Phineas Jealously is one of the most common feelings in the world we live in today When we are driving down the road and we see someone in a nicer car than the one we have our immediate instinct is to be jealous and feel that we would like to have that car If there is someone that is smarter than we are or cooler we are immediately jealous and want what they have Finny exemplifies the perfect young man great at sports and the person that everyone wants to be associated with Finny is an upper middler and he is the best athlete in the whole entire school All that Gene wants is to be in Finnys shoesThere are many ways a person can become jealous A lot of examples of jealousy in the world have something to do with members of the opposite sex I noticed that people were looking fixedly at him so I took a look at myself to see why His skin radiated a copper glow of tan his brown hair had been a little bleached by the sun Pg 39 Gene is immediately jealous of Finny He believes that the girls are staring at Finny The odd thing in this is that the girls are actually staring fixedly at him Gene is so caught up in his jealousy towards Finny that he cant even recognize his good characteristics Gene and Finny decided to go to the beach and in one of the scenes at the beach Finny tells Gene that he thought of him as his best friend Gene had a hard time responding to this remark and never
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