A Separate Peace Essay In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the protagonist, Gene Forrester “battled” within himself to find “a separate peace” and in this process directed his emotions at Phineas, his roommate. Forrester and Phineas formed the illusion of a great companionship, but there was a “silent rivalry” between them in Forrester’s mind. Self deceptions in Forrester led him to believe that Phineas was “out to get him” (Forrester).
Subconsciously Forrester jounced the limb of the tree and forced Phineas to fall and break his leg. Phineas found out the truth of his “accident” with the help of Leper Lepellier and Brinker Hadley, who were friends that attended Devon High School. Gene Forrester’s conflict between his resentment of and loyalty toward Phineas’ personality and athletic abilities was resolved by the death of Phineas.
Gene Forrester and Phineas formed an illusion of a great companionship, which was sincere when they jumped from the “forbidden” tree. “We were the best of friends at that moment,” said Forrester when he remembered the instant (Knowles 10).
Forrester “looked deeper” into his relationship with Phineas and became jealous of his talents, “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying that a little, which was perfectly normal” (18).
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A “silent rivalry” was developed between Forrester and in his mind Phineas. Forrester attempted to become “better” than Phineas by studying more and maintaining a higher average between his academic and athletic abilities as opposed to his rival, “Phineas was without question the best athlete, so in that way we were even. But while he was a very poor student I was a pretty good athlete, and when everything was thrown into the scales they would in the end tilt definitely toward me (Forrester, ) ” (47).
The “rivalry” inside Forrester led him to believe that Phineas had these feelings of resentment toward him (Forrester, ) and was also competing to be the “best.” Self deceptions inside of Gene Forrester led him to believe that Phineas was “out to get him.” Forrester realized that, “Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies” (45), when Phineas said, “I’d kill myself out of jealous envy” (44) (if Forrester was valedictorian).
Having believed Phineas, Forrester came to another realization that Phineas had created blitz ball and the Super Suicide Society to distract him (Forrester) from being “the best.” Phineas did not know that Forrester needed to study in order to get good grades; “I didn’t know you needed to study,” (50) he said when Forrester wanted to stay and study rather than go to the Super Suicide Society meeting. Phineas thought that academics came naturally to Forrester as athletics came to him (Phineas).
Forrester took Phineas trying to be a friend as him trying to distract for his (Forrester’s) academics. The Super Suicide Society meeting was held for Leper Lepellier to jump from the “forbidden” tree. To open the meeting Phineas and Forrester tried a double jump. “Holding firmly to the trunk, I (Forrester) took a step toward him (Phineas), and then bent my knees and jounced the limb” (52).
Subconsciously Forrester jounced the limb of the tree and forced Phineas to fall and break his leg. “Finny, his balance gone, swung his head around to look at me for an instance with extreme interest, then he tumbled sideways” (52).
“Eventually a fact emerged; it was one of his legs, which had been “shattered”” (53).
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Phineas had received a “messy” break and lost his ability to play sports. The summer session at Devon High School ended, and after school started Phineas came back. Phineas did not know that Forrester jounced the limb, and thought that he merely lost his balance. “Brinker and three cohorts came with much commotion into our room at 10: 05 p. m.
that night” (156).
Brinker and his lackeys took Phineas and Forrester to the First Building of the Devon School. Forrester walked inside, sat down, and a “trial” was held to convict him of “pushing” Phineas out of the tree. Leper Lepellier was brought in to describe the night of the accident and the events that took place as he had encountered them. “One of them was next to the trunk, holding the trunk of the tree,” (167) as leper saw the event. Leper explained that, “They moved like an engine” (167), and one shook the limb and caused the other to fall.
Phineas realized that Forrester had jounced the tree limb and caused him to fall; and ran out of the room crying. Phineas slipped on the marble stairs and fell. He broke his leg again, but that time it was a clean break. When the doctor was setting the bone back in place the bone marrow in Phineas’ leg rushed to his heart and killed him.
Phineas and Gene Forrester formed the illusion of a great relationship, but the illusion that Phineas was “out to get him” led to a “silent rivalry” inside of Forrester. Forrester jounced the tree limb and caused Phineas to fall. Phineas fell down the marble stairs when he found out the “truth” about his accident and broke his leg again. Phineas died when the doctor was “setting” the bone back in place. Gene Forrester’s conflict between his resentment of and loyalty toward Phineas’ personality and athletic abilities was resolved by the death of Phineas.