The people from all over the world have known about the existence of the so interesting novel called “A Separate Peace” which was written by John Knowles. One of the main characters in this novel is Phineas and his world was considered to be so beautiful for him. It was the world where the war was just as a work of art, which was painted so wonderfully and perfectly in his imagination. Phineas was absolutely full of new ideas and views that were really perfect in his mind, but unachievable in the real life. Gene, one more character of the novel, was so intelligent and smart boy. Everything was so real and important for him. The school and education by itself had the great importance for Gene. When he played any sport, nobody always won in his mind. And he also imagined that he was the only winner who was always the best and the first. He believed in some too idealistic theories.
When a reader reads just a few first pages of the novel, he/she understands that Finny confesses that Gene is his best friend. It was too courageous act concerning the students at Devon for exposing their emotions. And when Gene needed to react somehow, he turned back and said nothing. It was so difficult for Gene to realize that Finny is so perfect and compassionate. For protecting himself from the risks of emotional pain and accepting compassion of Finny, boy creates a silent rivalry with Finny. At the same time, Gene is sure that Finny is the deliberately person who attempts to ruin his own studies. The boys decide that they are so jealous of each other, and from that moment their friendship starts to be colder and worse.
Few weeks had been passed from the silent rivalry and Gene becomes disgusted with himself. Finally, he gets the truth, that Finny just wants all the best for him and has no unfavorable or harmful intentions which may destroy their relations. It was the huge conflict for Gene. He wasn’t ready to deal with his own darkness and the purity of Finny’s soul, minds and intentions. On this day as Gene is going to jump, Finny is going to jump off the branch of the tree into the Devon River. Boys decided to call this event double jump. Making this decision caused Finny his affection for Gene. Also, the author noticed Finny’s outgoing ways which resulted in the cardinally changes for the rest days of his life. Being on the limb without any warning, Gene can’t understand and find the reasons for his own confusions and identity towards behavior explodes of his best friend Finny.
The people from all over the world have known about the existence of the so interesting novel called “A Separate Peace” which was written by John Knowles. One of the main characters in this novel is Phineas and his world was considered to be so beautiful for him. It was the world where the war was just as a work of art, which was painted so wonderfully and perfectly in his imagination.