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A Seperate Peace

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Nick Behnke

on 18 January 2013

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Transcript of A Seperate Peace

Innocence Gene's Loss of By: Nicholas Behnke The Innocence The Temptation The Sin The Remorse The Experience The Redemption The Redemption The Innocence "He could also shine at many other things, with people for instance, the others in our dormitory, the faculty; in fact, if you stopped to think about it, Finny could shine with everyone, he attracted everyone he met. I was glad of that too. Naturally. He was my roommate and my best friend. (Knowles 40) "Holding firmly on the trunk, I took a step toward him, 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 and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud." (Knowles 60) "To keep silent about this amazing happening deepened the shock for me. It made Finny seem too unusual for- not friendship, but too unusual for rivalry. And there were few relationships among us at Devon not based on rivalry." (Knowles 45) "My own voice sounded quiet and foreign. 'I jounced the limb. I caused it.' One more sentence. 'I deliberately jounced the limb so you would fall.'" (Knowles 70) The Healing "'In the middle of it his heart simply stopped, without warning. I can't explain it. Yes, I can. There is only one explanation. As I was moving the bone some of the marrow must have escaped into his blood stream and gone directly to his heart and stopped it.'" (Knowles 193) "I never killed anybody and I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy. Because my war ended before i ever put on a uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there." (Knowles 204) It's all my
fault! From Gene's progressing thoughts about Finny, the story begins with very few ideas over who succeeds better than whom at what. By lacking these ideas, Gene is innocent, his mind consisting of little to no controversy. Gene perceives Finny as his best friend and equal in more ways than one. The Temptation Gene's temptation derived from multiple factors including Finny's athletic abilities and social skills. At this point, Gene notices a difference in there personalities, and how Finny far surpasses any possible standards he himself could set. But, Gene's only way to vocalize this was through his Sin. The Sin Gene's sin was intentionally knocking the person whom he was jealous of out of a tree on school campus. Finny fell to encounter an extremely painful, crippling river bank. Gene saw what he had done, but in no way took immediate responsibility for the incident. Even though it was constantly on his mind proceeding the fall, Gene surpressed the thoughts. The Remorse The first time Gene showed a public form of remorse was directly to Finny, in Finny's house. Just before returning to school, Gene's visit with his practically bed-ridden friend takes a turn for the worst as Gene confesses. Finny fully denies these notions and there meeting is quickly adjourned after a minute of yelling at each other. "'Investigating Finny's accident!' He spoke as though this was the most natural and self-evident and inevitable thing we could be doing" (Knowles 168) Is Gene a
Survivor? Literally Figuratively Theme In the literal sense, yes, Gene does survive, even though he is mentally scared for the rest of his life. After his time at Devon, Gene's personality is forever changed. The events with Finny have both toughened and destroyed his perception of reality, but he will go on to live his life normally. This, in turn, gives him the opportunity to return to Devon at the beginning of the book. In the figurative sense, no, Gene did not survive the events of the story. He is left as a hollow shell of his former self, the friendly child introduced in the beginning of the story. That person goes through so much that in the end he is practically a different person. He is completely unrecognizable. The Experience Gene's experience is when Brinker and the other boys force him to come to terms with what he has done in front of Finny. This is extremely difficult for him, but it bothers Finny to an even higher degree. Finny proceeds to storm out of the 'court room,' very angry at everyone there. He refused, for the second time, to believe that his best friend could hurt him like this. During this whole process Gene is weighted down with guilt. Gene's redemption came from the death of the one person that could have forgiven him. Gene was not given the luxury of a true redemption. Finny's death signified that nothing else could be done in the way of being redeemed and that Gene must now live with his best friend's life on his conscience. Gene received no true redemption, and that greatly damaged the healing process. Any innocent person can become corrupted by the things that they desire. Gene desired equality, if not superiority over those he was closest to, and he made a quick decision that forever changes his life and the life of another. Losing your innocence can lead to the loss of your personality and effect the normality of day to day living. The steps of innocence loss could change anyone's life forever. The Healing Gene appears to have taken a very stern foothold on the entire situation regarding Finny's death. Even though he is entering war after school, Gene calls the events in the school his war. If Gene is to recover at all, it would be a long tough experience. He may never fully heal and get over the events in the school, as many things happened that have shaped him into someone new. He can never forget his days at school, but as he did all throughout the book, he will most certainly suppress their memories. Statement
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