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In Knowles novel A Separate Peace Gene is portrayed as an intelligent student who is motivated by academics He is also a thinker that considers a situation from all sides before making a decision Gene is also a person who follows all the rules and regulations He always obeys his teachers studies hard never misses a class and makes excellent grades He does not really enjoy sports for he is not a good athlete While in school he lets many distractions such as his friend Finny take part in his life This leads to his internal wars Finny is Genes roommate and best friend who has a completely opposite personality from Gene He always acts on blind impulse never thinking about the rules or the consequences He is also a poor student for he does not devote himself to his studies He would rather be playing sports since he is the best athlete on campus He lets sports motivate him and wants to participate in the 1944 Olympics During their days at Devon Gene is motivated by Finnys perfect grace and coordination Gene begins to adore and worship Finny as a super hero He feels his roommate can handle any situation and charm the teachers and classmates As a result Gene tries to imitate him and also lets himself be controlled by him Gradually Gene grows jealous of his friend He begins to hope that Finny will get caught and punished for one of his many wild stunts For instance when Pinny wore an outrageous pink shirt he escaped punishment by giving a satisfying reason saying that it was his emblem Gene wants Finny to be forced down to his level so that he can compete with him and not just lose to himGene tries to please Finny Although he knows that by doing so he is acting against every instinct of his behavior In order to keep up with Finny he jumps from the
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