Separate Peace
In A Separate Peace by John Knowels, the value of dealing with your feelings and
dealing with your enemies is shown by Gene Forester, a student in Devon during

World War 2 dealing with few human enemies, but his emotions create a
circumstance far greater than any human enemy. "I never killed
anybody," Gene had commented later in his adulthood, "And I never
developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy Gene had put many enemies
into his own life. Gene had a best friend, his name was Finny, they were
roommates and did many activities together. Finny was never the source, but the
core of most of Gene\'s feelings, both good and bad. First, one of the biggest
problems that Gene had, that is jealousy. Gene was jealous of Finny\'s confidency,
openness, modesty, superb athletic abilities, his natural leadership skills, his
ability to deal with stress easily, his care free attitude, his people skills
and, of course, his good looks. Early in the story Finny demonstrated his
openness by when asked for his height, he said 5 foot, 8 inches, while Gene
replies 5 foot, 9 inches. Finny pointed out that they were the same height and
you shouldn\'t be ashamed to tell anybody your real height. Later that day, they
skip dinner to go swimming in the river, by Finny\'s choice, and are asked where
they were on return. Finny quickly replied that they were swimming in the river,
something that is forbidden, right down to the last detail, and they got away
with it. Gene said that the rules are very bent during the summer session, but
it was actually Finny\'s people skills that had kept them out of trouble. Finny
was very bold, as Gene many a time wished he was, on one occasion Finny wore a
bright pink shirt "symbolizing the first U.S. bombing in Europe. Gene
called him a "faerie" but really envied him. Later Finny wore the
school tie as a belt and when questioned he claimed that it represented
"Devon in the war." Gene was hopeingly awaiting a scolding for Finny,
but again, he got in no trouble. Another day the two were walking and came
across a plaque near the pool claiming that A. Hopkins Parker held the record
for swimming across the pool the fastest, Finny took one look at and thought he
could beat it, so without any practice at all he plunged into the pool, Gene
timed him and he beat it, just like that. Gene wanted to get an official
scorekeeper so Finny could get a plaque but Finny said "no, in my head I
know that I did it, that\'s all that matters," thus demonstrating that Finny
is very modest and secure. The next day Gene and Finny went to the beach, which
wasn\'t allowed. This was done at Finny\'s request, Gene was going to study for a
test, but he felt that he can\'t say no to Finny so hey went. At the beach Gene
noticed a lot of people looking at them, he knew they were looking at Finny
because of his well built body and his golden tan but Finny said that they were
looking at Gene. Before they return, Finny calls Gene his "best pal"
and Gene wanted to reply, but he wasn\'t sure about it himself and he also has a
hard time expressing his true feelings. Another problem I could detect in Gene,
was his anger. Gene was angry about Finny\'s ability not to get in trouble, and

Gene\'s unwillingness to say "no" to Finny, but the real war started
when he got the idea that because Finny has low grades, he wanted to lower

Gene\'s grades as well so he will better than Gene. Gene believed that Finny was
trying to wreak his studies with games, an organization they had formed-the

Secret Suicide Society, going to the beach and all this "you\'re my best
friend stuff." Other than that, there is little anger between Finny and

Gene. One day, Finny wanted Gene to come jump off a high limb into the river
with him, as they have been doing for several weeks now, and he claimed that

Leper, the school nerd, would be jumping today as well. Gene burst out angrily
at the idea because he was studying, and thought Finny was trying to wreak his
studies, so he said no. Finny took no offense and went along like nothing
happened, but Gene couldn\'t stand saying no to Finny and went anyway. Now he was
enraged on the