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In John Knowles A Seperate Peace the main characters Gene and Finny have a unique friendship that transforms throughout chapter four According to Webters dictionary the word friendly means not hostile amicable One could assume that a friend would contain these characteristics of a friend However their perfect friendship slowly transforms As a result of these changes Gene comes to the conclusion that him and Finny are in a constant competition in which death jealousy and the loss of a best friend result One could say that the most meaningful and bold theme in the book is the theme of transformation And indeed the most obvious transformations were that of the main characters Gene and Finny in Chapter four Before the events in chapter four which Gene Forrester was intelligent thoughtful competitive and a mediocre athlete He did not like big displays of emotion just like most people at Devon the prep school he attends He is also a follower and listens to Finny because he did not want to lose Finnys respect Finny on the other hand is almost a polar opposite of Gene He is honest handsome self-confident extremely likable rebellious and an excellent athlete As a matter of fact he is the best athlete at Devon Finny likes to live life at its fullest even if that means no work and all play He is loyal to his friends and is best friends with gene Before the accurences Gene was a little bit Jealous of Finnys talents But as a result of them that bit of jealousy soon escalated and Gene changed more and more as his envy for Finny inflated In chapter 4 Gene and Finny get back from a forbidden trip to the beach Gene is normally a conformist so disobeying the rules is hinting a change in behavior When Gene and Finny get back from the beach Gene gets his first
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