Although Gene is the narrator and main protagonist of the novel, he is technically not a heroic character. He is, rather, an observer of heroism embodied by Finny. Gene is, in fact, the antithesis of Finny; he is not particularly athletic; his not a leader; he prefers to follow the rules and be anonymous; he has no great ambition; he has little imagination (but what little he has tends to run away with him). He is not particularly charitable or selfless, and the only thing at which he is capable of excelling is study.
Gene wants to belong to something. More specifically, he wants to belong to Finny. However, Gene is definitely a conflicted character, for while he wishes to be accepted by and united with Finny, he also harbors a secret envy and spite for him. Gene struggles to overcome the war within himself and to make sense of the illusory peace he feels surrounding the boys at at Devon.
...A person often gains new insight as a result of a specific incident that he or she experiences....
2 Pages October 1999
...Sitting in my third grade classroom we chattered anxiously, waiting for the spelling quizzes to...
9 Pages October 1999
...In John Knowle's A Separate Peace, symbols are used to develop and advance the themes of the...
7 Pages October 1999
...5683, B Block Many are aware of the misery that comes from being at war with themselves. What...
5 Pages December 2010
...Mickey Mouse Has Grown Up a Cow Everyone needs a guiding light in the distance to show the way,...
5 Pages June 2011