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In A Separate Peace hatred and peace influenced many characters The war functions as a source of hatred while Finny is a source of peace Gene injured Finny and realizes that he must change from his jealous and selfish behavior though Finnys help his peace slowly transformed Gene into something like Finny When Leper faced the war by enlisting the hatred and brutality negatively transforms him into a selfish and uncaring lunatic There are many dangers behind hatred and peace and this was one of the reasons Finny died Finny is a source of peace that helped Gene come to realize his own hatred Naturally Finny contains no hatred and denies hatred Every time the war was mentioned he would say there isnt any war p 107 He would deny all hatred even if it was the confession of what really happened to his leg His goal was not to achieve rivalry but to live and enjoy peace When Gene realized the peacefulness about Finny he felt the guilty urge that he must change Through the lessons he had with Finny he felt the joy peacefulness This time was during the training session during the Olympics when he felt the true exertion of energy You found your rhythm didnt you that third time around Youve been pretty lazy all along havent you p 112 By the end of the novel he acquired the natural peace of Finny and also denies the war All of them except of Phineas constructed at infinite cost to themselves these Maginot Lines against this enemy they thought they saw across the frontier p 196 Although peace can positively influence a person hatred can destroy and negatively influence a person Gene was filled with hatred before he transformed he imagined rivalries and assumed enmity His hatred extended as far down as to harming Finny crippling his leg for life His ambitions had destroyed his best friend Another example of
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