A Seperate Peace - the Madness of Jealousy

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Hughlyn Morris
Professor C King
EnglishII Acc
30 July 2012
The madness of jealousy
Shakespeare’s quote “never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplements us all in the long run” relates to A Separate peace because it relates to Gene’s jealousy towards Finny. Finny was an athletic person that won a lot of trophies and competed in many events but also wanted to be smart like gene but never wanted to show that jealousy unlike Gene who is the smart, normal person and a typical teenager at Devon, but his jealousy over finny overlaps his mind and he even pushes finny out of tree and ends his athletic career. Gene and Finny symbolize something. Gene symbolizes war although Finny symbolizes peace and perfectness. The jealousy of a man can cause him to do some tragic things.

Jealousy is a strong word that means the resentment against another’s success and it is used by Gene, who is a smart, typical teenager at Devon, and his jealousy for Finny’s athletic abilities that helped him earn a lot of trophies and his popularity. Even though they both may be the best of friends and make a good team their friendship keeps decreasing because of the lack of Gene’s trust that Gene carries. Gene’s jealousy for Finny keeps expanding and clouding his judgment because he thinks that Finny is trying to sabotage his academic career. Also Gene’s dark cloud of jealousy was unable to touch Finny’s cloud of perfectness and of his shinning bright light. Even though he knows Finny is not jealous of his acedemics but instead admires them but Gene’s expansion of jealousy causes his mind to reach its boiling point which causes him to push finny out of a tree and end his athletic career and his career in the army like the quote says,” Gene deliberately knocks Finny out of a tree.” Even after this incident the two of them were still friends for some time.

Another jealousy is Leper Lepellier. Leper Lepellier, a classmate of Gene and Finny’s and a mild gentle...
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