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.
...In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the character Gene Forrester is proved to be...
4 Pages January 2006
...Gene Forrester is the narrator of A Separate Peace, as well as the Protagonist. He tells the...
3 Pages September 2013
...Someone once said that being yourself, being who you are, is a successful rebellion. Gene...
8 Pages October 1999
...Nathan Gourley Pd2 4/25/00 In John Knowles book A Separate Peace he communicates...
10 Pages October 1999
...A Separate Peace Author John Knowles writes a compelling story of two boys...
7 Pages February 2007