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… and three acquaintances come into Gene and
Finny’s dorm and pull them out. After they entered
the Assembly Room, Brinker remarks, “You see how
Finny limps.” This phrase was the beginning of his
plan to set the truth loose, or primarily break
the friendship link between Finny and Gene.
Brinker chose the Assembly Room as the setting for
this trial since there is nothing humorous about
the place. It is a place which would be terrible
for Gene’s sake to talk about the cause of the
accident. The second support is Brinker’s remark
in consociation to the accident. He says to Gene,
“There is a war on, here’s one soldier our side
has already lost.

We’ve got to find out what
happened.” A powerful remark by Brinker which
ignites the trial. This indicates a strong reason
for the trial, Brinker uses this tactic to have
the truth let out. The truth that will undoubtedly
break the strong bond between Finny and Gene. The
truth in which will lead to another tragic fall of
Finny. The third support is during the trial when
Brinker and Gene are talking about the accident.
Brinker asks Finny, “Have you ever thought that
you didn’t just fall out of that tree?” This
inquiry from Brinker sets Finny into a different
focus, which will open up the accident, a focus
that will narrow it all down to Gene being
questioned. These are the examples of Brinker’s
inhumanity to let the truth loose.

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His focus is
not on just getting the truth out, but breaking
Finny and Gene’s friendship. The third point is
about when Leper calls Gene to visit him in his
Vermont home and Gene runs away. This falls under
the Man’s Inhumanity to Man category because Gene
runs from Leper because he cannot face the fact
that Leper has gone crazy. The support for this is
when Leper tells Gene, “You always were the lord
of the manor, weren’t you?” This statement is an
example of pushing Gene. It gets Gene upset. The
next support is Leper’s quote to Gene which
resulted in Gene’s physical outburst on Leper.
Leper says “like the time you knocked Finny out of
the tree.” This provokes Gene because it is
reminding him of his inhumane action to Finny.
Thus, resulting in Gene being inhumane to Leper
and knocking him out of his chair.

The final
support is when the scene finally ends. Gene says
to Leper, “Do you think I want to hear every
detail, I don’t care what happened to you Leper.”
This quote from Gene is after Leper explained to
him the details of his insanity. Gene cannot hear
anymore of Leper’s talk about his insanity and
runs away. This is the final argument in regards
to the involvement of Man’s Inhumanity to Man as
the theme in the story. Gene Forrester’s difficult
journey towards maturity and the adult world is a
main character focus of this novel. Gene’s journey
begins the moment he pushes Finny from the tree
and the process continues until he visits the tree
fifteen years later.

Throughout this time, Gene
must become self-aware, face reality and the
future, confront his problems, as well as forgive
and accept the person that he is. With the
jouncing of the limb, Gene realizes his problems
and the true person he is inside. Fifteen years
later, when revisiting the tree, he finally
accepts and forgives himself. This journey is a
long and painful one. At the end of this long and
winding road filled with ditches, difficulties and
problems, Gene emerges a mature adult. Gene
jounces the limb and causes Finny’s fall and at
that moment becomes aware of his inner-self and
learns of his true feelings.

This revelation comes
to him back in his room before he and Finny leave
for the tree. It surrounds him with the shock of
his true self until he finally reacts by jouncing
the limb. Up in the tree, before the two friends
are about to make their “double-jump”, Gene sees
Finny in this new light. He realizes that Finny
feels no jealousy or hatred towards him and that
Finny is indeed perfect in every way. Gene becomes
aware that only he is the jealous one. He learns
of his animosity and that he really is a “savage
underneath”.

Over a long period of time Gene had
been denying his feelings of hatred towards Finny,
saying that it was normal for him to feel this
way. Now all of the feelings come back to him and
he sees how terrible he really is. After the
realization of the person he truly is, in his room
and up in the tree, Gene must now confront his
problems, face reality, and deal with the future.
He must learn that communication is very important
in a relationship and that he must express himself
instead of keeping his feelings inside, as he had
always done with Finny. He must learn to listen to
himself rather than to others. These were just a
few of the many problems there were in his
relationship with Finny. He must face reality and
acknowledge the fact that he isn’t as great as
Finny, that he is his own individual person and
that Finny isn’t as perfect as he thought.

Gene
must accept the guilt for Finny’s difficulties
after his injury and must help Finny as a
punishment and act of repentance for his deed.
Gene does this by “giving a part of himself to
Finny” as we see with the case of sports
throughout the rest of the novel – how Gene
“becomes” Finny when it comes to sports. Although
the above are all of great importance, the
greatest hurdle Gene must overcome is learning to
live with what he’s done. This painful step is the
one which will allow him to completely mature. The
final stage of Gene’s maturation is his
self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. He has to
accept that he isn’t perfect and that he, like any
other normal being (even Finny), has faults.
Accepting that his innocence has been lost helps
Gene move on into another part of his life and
realize that he can never return to the days of
his innocent youth again. He can now become a man,
enter the war and adult world and leave his youth
behind.

Forgiving himself is the step which allows
Gene to lead a normal life and enter society. He
must finally forgive himself completely for his
blind act and allow himself to “come in out of the
rain”. By accepting as well as forgiving the
person that he is, Gene enables himself to move on
and join the adult world. Gene’s maturation is a
painful and difficult process that reveals a
darker side of Gene that he doesn’t necessarily
wish to see. However painful, Gene is made a
better person during his maturation through his
suffering. Through his pain and awful revelations
about himself, Gene matures from an insecure child
to a self-knowledgeable adult.

The significant
quote that I chose for “A Separate Peace,” is when
Brinker says to Gene: “There is a war on, here’s
one soldier our side has already lost. We’ve got
to find out what happened.” This remark relates to
me because is determining and shows leadership. He
is determined to find out what happened and he
will do whatever it takes to find out even if he
has to break up a friendship. I would have done
the same thing. If I had a friend, and he or she
was intentionally pushed from a tree because
someone was jealous of him or her, I would become
angry and agitated until I got to the bottom of
it. Bibliography:.

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