He didn't think for himself most of the time. I know I kind of dragged you away at the point of a gun, but, after all, you can't come to the shore with just anybody, and you can't come by yourself, and at this teen-age period in life, the proper person is your best pal. Later in the novel, when the boys are climbing the tree and Finny is about to make his fateful jump, Gene thinks to himself: ''He had never been jealous of me for a second. About that scene at the beach and why a voice-over by Gene would be a helpful addition to the film. The marble must be unusually hard. This book takes place in Devon School, New Hampshire during a summer session when Gene Forrester was sixteen years old. He had been writing to the Army and the Navy and the Marines and the Canadians and everybody else all winter.
Other people experienced this fearful shock somewhere, this sighting of the enemy, and so began an obsessive labor of defense. The shot of Finny lying at the bottom of the white marble stairs after his second accident is a fine example of this. Finny focuses more on sports and athletics rather than school work and academics, which is what Gene excels at and is focused on. Gene was furious and shoved his foot against the rung of his chair and kicked. Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life. We were careless and wild, and I suppose we could be thought of as a sign of the life the war was being fought to preserve. Throughout the novel, both Gene and Finny experience important yet damaging issues in their life where they realize the need to face the reality of it or become lost forever.
Amid its devastation my mind flashed from thought to thought, despairingly in search of something left which it could rely on. Finny, for example, cannot imagine that Gene might envy him his easy success as an athlete, nor does he suspect that his friend's secret animosity might suddenly erupt in violence. In the 40s, no one wore sneakers, blue jeans, or t-shirts to class. Gene knows he had jiggled the branch on which Finny had been perched, but it is ambiguous how purposely he meant for Finny to fall. Although the war was a terrible tragedy, it allowed for nationwide unity through patriotism.
No one, with the exception of course of Phineas. Nevertheless, he eventually overcomes his insanity and seems to be fairly mentally stable by the end of the novel. I went to an elite boarding school, a military school in fact. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act - and if necessary, to suffer and die - for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. So the only potentially valuable bit from the book is scrubbed out. But something held me back.
Trick knees and punctured eardrums were minor complaints and not yet disabilities which would separate a few from the fate of the rest. Out of jealousy and the fear that Finny is trying to sabotage his studies, Gene shakes a tree branch that they were both standing on, and Finny falls out of the tree and shatters his leg. Finny dies suddenly during the operation on his broken leg , but Gene doesn't cry. Or use them when writing an essay, completing a test or doing a literary analysis. Leper's mom scolded Gene for hurting a boy who is ill. From reading this literature book, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, it proves that statement.
I started to; I nearly did. Finny, his balance gone, swung his head around to look at me for an instant with extreme interest, and then he tumbled sideways, broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud. The most important quotes in the novel are Gene's reflections on friendship, guilt, and the loss of innocence during this pivotal time in their lives. Finny, upon learning of the existence of the war and Gene's moment of hatred, learns to accept realities and perceive the world as it is, not as the perfect childlike image he wants it to be. As Gene continues his tour of campus, he walks outside to a tree by a pond. Heyl is excellent as Finny, and Stevenson is fine as Gene.
Each time, Gene and Finny must go first, but Gene always has a fear of jumping. But Gene did not cry about Finny. It was a necessary evil, which with its end brought the end of the Great Depression and forever changed the world. None of the boys, with the exception of Stevenson, were professional actors but students at Phillips Exeter Academy at the time, and Stevenson was making his film debut here. Throughout the story, Gene very much progresses as a character not only physically but more so internally like mentally and emotionally but in both good and bad ways.
I had always welcomed vitality and energy and warmth radiating from thick and sturdy winter clothes. It was as though they felt it was especially unfair that it should strike one of the sixteen-year-olds, one of the few young men who. The clothing recalls a time when schoolboys, especially at private schools, dressed well to go to class. In fact, while Gene feels an intense rivalry with Finny, Finny shares none of Gene's competitive feelings. After a while of joining Finny's activities, Gene thinks that Finny is intentionally trying to make him fail out of school.
It was the first clumsy physical action I had ever seen him make. That seemed very likely, only too likely, although with all my thought about these stairs this exceptional hardness had not occurred to me. Gene wants a sense of purpose to his life, and feels that enlisting will give this to him. Brinker looked the standard preparatory school article in his gray gabardine suit with square, hand-sewn-looking jacket pockets, a conservative necktie, and dark brown cordovan shoes. I had great success teaching this novel for two or three years at Harford Junior College in Bel Air, Maryland. Gene and the students of Devon experience a sense of maturity through the sudden change in their once peaceful and war-shunning environment of the summer.
Shortly after Finny's fall from the tree, Gene, consumed by guilt and fear, obeys a strange compulsion to dress ike his roommate. Finny is an extraordinarily talented athlete and a charismatic student leader who's earned the respect and admiration of the entire student body. Finny wished to God there wasn't any war. I scanned the page; I was having trouble breathing, as though the oxygen were leaving the room. There was at the time an expectation that many of us would go to the then current war in Viet Nam. Finny always was considered the best athlete in school, and Gene tried to counterbalance by being the best student. The film is excellently cast with boys who look exactly as I pictured the characters when I read the novel in 1960.