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Recently our class had the opportunity to read A Separate Peace by John Knowles an intriguing look into the mind of the maturing teen Though a generally convincing and indeed well written book the character Phineas in this story is portrayed by Knowles as an intentionally unbelievable character through general nave characterization as well as the portrayal of Phineas as a character of extreme light and as a prodigy or god in order to more clearly emphasize and strengthen the themes brought out in the book Phineas is characterized by an obviously nave perspective one without either hatred or jealousy When describing him Gene tells us that Phineas automatically thought that in a game everyone won and would always work to such an end This shows an unbelievable characteristic as every person knows that for someone to win someone else must lose Only one of a completely and unbelievably pure nature could think this way At the end Gene tells us that only Phineas was never afraid only he never hated anyone Only he could never have any enemy This is a further example of his unbelievable lack of hatred and nave nature No one can truly lack any enemy in this world Through such idealism in his nature is shown Phineas unbelievable nature Phineas is portrayed as a character of light a property not possible for a believable character Throughout the book there are many references as to how Phineas seems to glow with a constant strength or vitality Additionally he is always associated with lighter colours Real people do not have such a constant strength of light such a strong association with these things Phineas on the other hand seems to almost emit a real glow from within After Phineas return to the dormitories after he first breaks his ankle there is a description of a warm yellow light streaming from Genes room pouring from under the door seemingly because Phineas is in
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