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Can a person really trust their friends It does not matter how well a person thinks they know their friend Their friend could still turn on them at any given time This essay will analyze the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles In this essay I will discuss the theme plot structure and why friends can not always trust each other The novel A Separate Peace is a story about the lives of teens and how friendship and truth affected their lives and why friends can not always trust each other After having read the novel A Separate Peace I am choosing irony as its plot structure The reason why I chose this plot structure is because irony can relate to friends turning on each other At the beginning of the story it looked like Gene looked up to Finny and idolized him The outcome was actually Gene secretly hated Finny he was envious and despised him It was a courageous thing to say Exposing a sincere emotion like that at the Devon School was the next thing to suicide I should have told him then Perhaps I was stopped by that level of feeling deeper than thought which contains the truth40 This quote shows how Gene could not tell Finny he was his best pal therefore showing how he secretly hated Finny The setting in the summer at the tree by the river is ironic because it is when we first find out Gene hated Finny and turned on him making Finny fall out of the tree This is important because it shows how much Gene despised Finny Holding firmly to the trunk my knees bent and I jounced the limb Finny his balance gone broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening unnatural thud52 This quote shows the importance of the setting at the tree by the river The tree is the
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