Double Entry Journals 2
A Separate Peace
By: Ron Vainstein
“Every time, when I got my self into position to jump, I felt a flash of disbelief that was I was doing anything so perilous. But I always jumped. Otherwise I would have lost face with Phineas, and that would have been unthinkable.” P. 34
In this passage Finny talked Gene into jumping off of a tall tree into the lake near their school in order to stay in their club. Once Gene is up on the tree he felt doubt that he would land safely. However, in order to stay friends with Finny, he had to do it. This is an Intratextual Connection because earlier in the novel Gene explains that even though he doesn’t like doing everything Finny feels like doing, he feels like he must stick with him. This relates to “About a Boy” as the main character, Marcus begins to spend time with Will even though everyone says that Will is not a good influence on him. Why do characters like Gene or Marcus seek friendship with people who are complete opposites if them? I believe that they seek friendship with opposite personalities because they both have low self esteem and seek amity through others. “The beach was hours away by bicycle, forbidden, completely out of all bounds. Going there risked expulsion, destroyed the studying I was going to do for an important test the next morning, blasted the reasonable amount of order I wanted to maintain in my life, and it also involved the kind of long, laboured bicycle ride I hated. ‘Alright,’ I said.” P. 52
Once again, in this passage Finny convinces Gene into doing something he knows is wrong; Phineas convinces Gene into biking off school bounds to the beach to spend the day. What is the reason for Gene not being able to just say no to Finny? How does Finny have such a strong influence on Gene? This passage is an Intratexual Connection because is connects to the passage on p. 34 where Finny convinced Gene into doing something else he thought was wrong, jumping off of a...
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