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Often in a work of literature a characters experiences and realizations offer a reader a greater understanding of human behavior and emotion John Knowles A Separate Peace the character Gene has experiences with life shattering events and he eventually understands the boys separate peace His ultimate healing represent the pathway from adolescent immaturity to adult understanding John Knowles gives the reader clues and information to help the reader understand this Genes character is introduced into the story as an obsessive thinker with this he is one of the few boys who realize that Devon has its own separate peace Gene is preoccupied with the unforgiving foolish gypsy ways of the summer session Knowles 65 As he had almost caught the rhythm of it the dancing the clicking jangle of it he virtually forgets about the war Knowles 65 This is only temporary though as with the ending of the summer session Gene begins the difficult and emotional journey of transcending into adulthood The cold reality of life and the war slowly begin to seep into Gene and his small-secluded New Hampshire town Genes many tragic experiences at Devon give him more knowledge about the unforgiving world that lies outside of his isolated hometown The first unfortunate event that happens to Gene is when Finny falls of the great old tree and hits the bank with a sickening unnatural thud Knowles 52 Finnys shattered leg results in him permanently unable to play sports Knowles uses Phineas as a representation of the light and immaturity of summer Once Finny is injured all of this changes Gene is also haunted by the guilt of jouncing the trees limb causing Finnys disability Yet another hapless event is when Gene finds out about Lepers leave from the war Lepers new condition was an awakening to everyone in Devon Not only is the war intruding on their separate peace but also it takes one of their members away Gene
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