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Someone once said that being yourself being who you are is a successful rebellion Gene Forrester one of the main characters in John Knowless novel A Separate Peace should have taken this advice Throughout the novel Gene acted artificially disguising his true self He lived in fear of people finding out what he was really like Phineas Genes best friend and the other main character in this novel on the other hand acted naturally around people He was not afraid of people seeing who he really was In John Knowless novel A Separate Peace Gene acted artificially while Phineas acted naturallyTo begin with Gene Forrester acted artificially There are several instances throughout the novel where Gene disguises himself or is influenced by artificial things Towards the beginning of the novel Gene tells the reader that he was a half inch taller than Finny I had been claiming five feet nine inches before he became my roommate Gene Pg 8 and that Finny weighed ten pounds more than he did He weighed a hundred and fifty pounds a galling ten pounds more than I did Gene Pg 8 Because Gene mentioned those facts the reader can tell that even having a slight height and weight advantage or disadvantage to Finny were important to him What people especially Finny thought about him worried him I would have lost face with Phineas and that would have been unthinkable Gene Pg 26 Later in the novel when Finny wanted to wear a pink shirt to school Gene told him it would make him look like a fairy Pink It makes you look like a fairy Gene Pg 17 Gene knew that people might question Finnys masculinity and ridicule him so he spoke up Gene would have never taken such a risk as wearing a pink shirt because it was not socially acceptable at Devon School This again points out Genes obsession with what people thought of him Gene had
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