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How similarly can a sixteen year old boy in the 1940s and a fourteen year-old girl in the 21st century live their lives Strangely enough Gene Forrester the protagonist and maybe antagonist of A Separate Peace and I possess an extraordinarily uniform thought process Our trust and self-esteem issues alter the genuineness of most situations The war was and is reality for me I still instinctively live and think in its atmosphere Knowles 40 Genes unwillingness trusting that such an extraordinary person would ever befriend him intensely distorts his view of Finnys relationship with him In Genes mind nothing makes him worthy of Finny his out-going and astonishingly beloved best friend so there must lay an alternate basis for their friendship Understanding and relating to Genes logic behind this thought makes one of my most common worries that the people who act like my friends lie about their motives My reluctance of putting faith in the people around me and my tendency carrying on believing in their duplicity always ends up in the relationship failing no matter what the friendship actually meant He had never been jealous of me for a second Now I know there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us Knowles 59 Gene realizing his fault can now comprehend how wrong he viewed the authenticity of Finnys friendliness towards him but he realizes too late and because of that he lost his own war We both lose our wars when siding with skeptical part of us reminding us of the horridness behind trust We must learn in accepting the faith of friendship We must learn in accepting peace
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