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A Separate Peace is a different type of voyage of discovery Here we have two boys Gene and Phineas or Finny and it is Gene who will be on his own voyage of self-discovery Gene is a serious boy perhaps too serious and he hasnt really lived much or experienced much Finny is a sort of mischievous impish boy who will lead Gene out of his stodgy shell Finny is a force of life a sort of juvenile Falstaff who wants to experience everything life has to offer and who is not afraid to stand out in the crowd in fact this is what he loves most To use a quote from a story which is similar Dead Poets Society he wants to suck the marrow out of life Gene is more reluctant he is too straightlaced and conventinal But Finny reaches into Genes soul to drag out the fun side of him Gene resists but still gets caught up in Finnys crazy schemes and adventures Whether Gene envies Finnys careless side or despises it is never clear at first Only the accident on the tree branch will bring this into focus It is only after Finy dies as a result of this accident that Gene realizes that he may have pushed Finny Why Could it be that Gene could not tolerate to lead his self-discovery to its conclusion Was Gene trying to kill that adventurous free-spirit buried deep down in his own character by killing off Finny That is the major question in this novel Comparisons both private school situations like Lord of the Flies and Dead Poets therefore supposedly well-off kids future pillars of society teenagers discoveryvoyage idea well laid out Differences One boy vs two One in the outside world other in closed off school setting violence in Peace death Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace are both coming of age stories but they are
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