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In John Knowles novel A Separate Peace the main focus is on the friendship among Gene and Finny Although the boys are opposites they are best friends In this relationship Gene is jealous of Finny because Finny is an amazing athlete this causes them to have a complex friendship As a result many issues begin to arise The themes that are illustrated in this novel is the friendship shared between the boys the literal and figurative war and the jealousy that lies in their friendship The friendship shared between Finny and Gene is a fundamental element that is depicted in the story Early the book the author describes the relationship between the boys as an admirable friendship When Gene almost falls of a branch Finny catches his him and ultimately saves him Finny had practically saved my life 32 This shows that Finny is a caring and character who loves Gene Also when Finny injures his leg he realizes that it will be unlikely for him to fulfill his dream of becoming an Olympic athlete But Finny wants to give his dream of being an Olympic athlete to Gene Finny says I am not sure not a hundred percent sure that I will be completely in shape by 1944 So I will coach you for them instead 117 This shows friendship because Finny wants to share his dream with his best friend But after all you cannot go to the beach with just anyone and you cannot come by yourself and at this teenage period in life the proper person is your best friend 48 This is a special moment in their friendship Finny shows that out of everyone he would like to bring Gene with him The friendship between Gene and Finny is a recurring theme in the novelAnother theme expressed in the novel is the literal and figurative war This story takes place in the midst of the outbreak of World War II
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