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A SEPERATE PEACE In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles portrays in perfect detail a multitude of instances involving true human nature Gene Forrester the narrator of the book is a prime example of the evils of human nature Gene is generally viewed as a simple and harmless person However his path is paved with suffering through his friends Through his adolescent years Gene came to paranoid about his best friend Finny He believed Finny was Out to get him in order to ruin his academic career He fails to see and understand the true friend that Finny is until it is too late Genes anger and jealousy manifested itself in his subconscious as he jounced the limb of a tree that Finny was standing on which made him fall Genes own competitiveness and paranoia are ultimately the factors which seriously jeopardize Finnys well being Genes paranoia and jealousy are what ultimately brought about his betrayal of Finny Genes paranoia and jealousy were controlling him when he jounced the limb Finny stood on Gene delved into a world of betrayal as he seriously impaired his best friend Finny wanted to do A jump A double jump in order to symbolize his friendship with Gene However Gene had been taken over by his jealousy He became paranoid and believed that Finny was Out to get him by ruining his academic career Somehow Gene had conjured up the idea that since Finny was the best athlete in school and he was the best student the should be some competitiveness separating them In reality he was really jealous of Finny Gene was not as athletic or as charismatic as him and secretly wanted to be He used the idea of a competition between them in order to have an excuse for the anger he had toward Finny Only later did Gene ever find out that there was no competition among them and he
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