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Hatred in A Seperate Peace A man named Norman Vincent Peale once said that No one can avoid entirely an inner struggle between love and hate We are all challenged by it The question in everyones life is not whether this feeling of hate and aggression can be done away with but whether it can be successfully modified This quote is reflected in John Knowles novel A Separate Peace The hatred in this book is focused inside Gene the main character Gene developed hatred and jealousy towards his friend and classmate Finny which is illustrated in the following line Finny could get away with anything I couldnt help envying himwhich was perfectly normal There was no harm in envying even your best frienda little Genes hate and jealousy is uncontrollable and as he realizes in the end inevitable Gene has an uncontrollable hatred that is ever burning inside of him It can ignite into a blazing inferno one moment or in a flash it can be as calm as a soothing summer day This hatred is discovered when Gene and Finny are standing atop the oak tree outside of Devon and are about to make a double jump in the river what happens will be seen in the following excerpt taken from A Separate Peace Holding firmly to the trunk I took a step toward him Finny and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb Finny his balance gone swung his head around to look at me for an instant with extreme interest and then he tumbled sideways broke through the little branches below Soorma 2 and his body hit the ground with a sickening unnatural thud With unthinking sureness I movie out on the limb and jumped into the river every trace of my fear of this forgotten Genes momentary change from cheerfulness to hateful intent confirms the fact that hatred is uncontrollable Another example of uncontrollable hatred is when Gene
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