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Gene Forresters difficult journey towards maturity and the adult world is a main focus of the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles Genes maturation starts with the destruction of Phineas and the process continues until he revisits the tree that the boys jumped off of Throughout this time Gene must face reality the future become self-aware and confront his problems as well as forgive and accept the person that he himself is When he jounced the limb Gene realized his problems and the true person he was inside Fifteen years later when he revisited the tree he finally accepted and forgave himself This is a long and painful journey At the end of this long journey Gene becomes a mature adult Gene jounces the limb and causes Phineas fall and at that moment becomes somewhat aware of his true feelings This revelation comes to him back in his room before he and Phineas leaves for the tree It surrounds him with the shock of his true self until he finally reacts by jouncing the limb Up in the tree before the two friends are about to make their jump together Gene sees Phineas in a new light He realizes that Phineas does not feel the same way he feels Gene realizes that Phineas is not jealous of how smart he is and becomes aware that only he is the jealous one He learns of his hostility and that he really is a savage underneath Over a long period of time Gene had been denying his feelings of hatred towards Phineas saying that it was normal for him to feel this way because that was the way that friends were The realization that these feelings are one-sided causes Gene to fall dramatically in comparison to Phineas he paints himself black for these feelings and because Phineas doesnt share them he puts a halo around Phineas head concludes with the necessity for Phineas to be
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