A Seperate Peace Essay

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''The more things change, the more they remain the same.''(904) There are many themes presented in the book A Separate Peace, But I think the most meaningful and bold theme in the book is the theme of transformation. The most obvious transformations were that of the main characters, Gene and Finny. Some other characters besides Gene and Finny also had transformations. For most people, transformations occur over a matter of years, or even decades. If you flip through a ten year old photo album I bet you would find out you are a whole different person now than you were ten years ago. In A Separate Peace the two main characters, Gene and Phineas (also called Finny), go through very obvious transformations over a matter of months.In the beginning of the book, Gene Forrester was intelligent, thoughtful, competitive, and a mediocre athlete. He does not like big displays of emotion, just like most people at Devon, the prep school he attends. He is also a follower and listens to Finny because he does not want to lose Finny's respect. Finny on the other hand, is almost a polar opposite of Gene. He is honest, handsome, self-confident, extremely likable, rebellious, and an excellent athlete. As a matter of fact, he is the best athlete at Devon. Finny likes to live life at its fullest, even if that means no work and all play. He is loyal to his friends and is best friends with gene.Gene was a little bit Jealous of Finny's talents at the beginning of the book, but that small bit of jealousy soon escalated and Gene changed more and more as his envy for Finny inflated. In chapter 4, Gene and Finny get back from a forbidden trip to the beach (Gene is normally a conformist so disobeying the rules is hinting a change in behavior).When Gene and Finny get back from the beach, Gene gets his first F ever on a test. Later on, Gene and Finny are both going to jump from a tree branch (Gene resents doing it, but not listening to Finny never crosses his mind). Gene moves the tree branch up and down, causing Finny to lose his balance and fall, and it ultimately breaks Finny's leg. Gene believes that Finny is trying to corrupt his studies and that Finny is plotting against him because of his good academic skills. When Gene knocks Finny off of the branch, he projects his competitive nature and jealousy of Finny into an act of betrayal and anger.This shows a transformation of Genes behavior. Gene also tried on Finny's clothes when Finny was away. This made Gene feel more like Finny for the rest of the night, as if he had transformed into Finny himself. In chapter 6, Gene tells Finny he is trying to become the assistant crew manager. Gene wants to get involved in sports so he can be more like Finny was before he broke his leg. Gene also feels he is destined to become part of Finny.Gene wants to follow his friends plan and join the military, but Gene sees Finny does not approve and Gene decides not to enlist. Gene begins his ''training'' for the 1944 Olympics, because Finny...

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