Lord Of The Rings And A Seperate Peace

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Lord of the Rings A main them in both A Separate Peace and Lord of the Rings is jealousy. To be jealous means to be hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage or to want something that isn't yours. Jealousy is shown in A Separate Peace because Gene is jealous of Finny's ability to play sports. This bothers Gene so much he injures Finny by pushing him out of a tree and injuring him for life. In the Lord of the Rings Boromir becomes jealous of Frodo because Frodo has the one Ring. Boromir believes that if he had the Ring he could bring it back to his homeland and use it for good to battle evil. Boromir tries to force the ring from Frodo but Frodo is quick to use the magic of the Ring and disappear. Jealousy is a major factor in both of these books and this essay will prove that. Gene is jealous of Finny from the beginning. Gene is jealous of Finny's natural athletic ability and natural leading skills, but Gene believes that he compensates for this lack of athletics and leading skills in his academic excellence. Gene leads himself to believe that Finny is trying to sabotage his academic success with the many nights at the beach, and the Super Suicide Society meetings. Gene had a "realization pop into his head. Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies." But the reader learns later that Finny just thinks that Gene has a natural academic ability, which means he doesn't need to study to be smart. Finny tells Gene not to come to the Super Suicide Society meeting and apologizes for thinking that he didn't have to study. This led to another discussion, which had Gene asking Finny if he minded of he tried for Head of the Class. Finny jokingly says that he would "kill himself out of jealous envy." Gene doesn't know that Finny is just joking around and it ends up angering Gene even more. Gene was now sure that Finny was trying to ruin his chances for head of class and he was also trying to improve in sports so he could steal Finny's trophies. One day Gene is so fed up with Finny being better then him and his attempts to bring him crashing down that while they were doing a double jump out of the tree Gene "jounced" the limb, causing Finny to fall...

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