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A Separate Peace Obstacles after obstacles came in the path to success In the novel A Separate Peace John Knowles revealed a very strong idea through one of his characters Through Gene it was revealed that weak individual who once was weak morally and mentally can become a strong and a more matured person John Knowles revealed this idea through Genes perspective symbolism and also Genes speechaction Gene had proved many things through only his perspective He had intriguing thoughts which gave many ideas about Gene post personality and his surroundings Looking back now across fifteen years I could see with great clarity the fear I had lived in Pg2 This quote thus revealed that Gene was quite a weak individual For if someone who lives in fear is considered morally weak scared of the society and shy insecure and who had a lack of confidence Which Gene was in the beginning of the novel Yes he had practically saved my life He had also practically lost it for me Pg 25 This quote exposed that Gene was in the middle of his mental metamorphosis Gene in the first part of his quote seemed strong but when he twisted it to make Finny his best friend look bad he still seemed to be morally weak but in a more stronger moral state then before Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us I was not of the same quality as he Pg 51 This quote showed a completely changed Gene Gene became stronger by realizing the reality he now had realized that there was no use in competing with anyone Although this was recognizing Genes change only perspective wise There were many deep meanings that Gene had from significant things from his past The two main significant symbolic things for Gene were the tree and the stairs Although they were old stairs the worn
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