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Antagonists in A Separate Peace We all confront antagonists in everyday life In John Knowles A Separate Peace Gene the protagonist confronts several different antagonists as he tries to mature throughout the book The antagonists Finny the war and Genes own inner issues affect how fast he is able to start the process of maturing Finny is one of the many antagonists who slow Genes maturing process down by making all of Genes decisions for him First Finny pressures Gene to climb up a tree and jump into a river What was I doing up here anyway Why did I let Finny talk me into things like this Pg 9 Gene is obviously too shy and wont speak up for himself Its hard for him to mature and become his own person because part of being mature is making your own decisions Then Finny makes Gene get involved with athletics which takes time away from Genes schoolwork and doesnt allow him to mature by doing what he already excelled at Finny also affects Genes decision to enlist in the army during World War II When Finny found out about Gene wanting to join the war effort he wasnt supportive of Genes decision to enlist That slowed down Genes maturing because in order to mature you cant back down on your decisions just to please another person However Finny isnt the only thing that affects Gene and his maturing process The war acts as an antagonistic force toward Gene because it forces him to mature too fast When Genes friend Leper is recruited from Devon Gene realizes that the war is real and it does affect him especially when Leper comes back crazy This affects his maturing because he is seeing someone he cares about loosing it Finnys opinion on the war also affects and shocks Gene Sure there isnt any war Pg 150 This forces Gene to
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