He puts on Finny's clothes — even the unconventional pink shirt that was the "emblem" for the Allied bombing of Central Europe — and looks at himself in the mirror. There Gene sees he has become Finny "to the life.
Although he is a capable athlete and an excellent student, Forrester is unable to prevent the dark side of his inner self from perverting and distorting his enjoyment of the world and the people around him.
As Forrester admits to himself in chapter 7, he always finds something bad in the things around him; or, if he does not find it, he invents it.
This proclivity, clearly the product of a subconscious force, results in paranoia. At one point in the novel, Forrester entertains the absurd idea that Finny is deliberately trying to destroy his scholastic success even though Finny is obviously unconcerned.
Finny may symbolize the kind of person Forrester wishes he could be; Finny is an almost complete opposite of Forrester, a natural athlete and a complete individualist, interested in immediate and innocuous personal pleasures.
Against the confining background of the Devon School strictures, Finny constructs his own world out of his imagination: Whereas Forrester is all calculation, Finny is all spontaneity.
Like Forrester, Finny represents an extreme. At the end of A Separate Peace, Finny is forced to confront a world he cannot physically dominate or imaginatively reshape. The other characters in the novel are simple foils to Forrester and Finny, although both Brinker Hadley and Leper Lepellier represent two other ways of coping with oneself and the external world.
Hadley is a walking personification of a conservative, law-abiding mentality. He monitors the order at Devon School and always does things logically: For example, when the Devon term is over, he will enlist because that is the correct path of action.
Significantly, however, when Finny reappears at Devon, Forrester immediately gravitates toward his old friend and all the complex things that Finny represents to him.
Leper Lepellier is an even less influential character, whose dominating personal characteristic is a romantic form of eccentricity. A passive creature, Leper derives his pleasures through such pursuits as snail collecting, sketching outdoor scenes, or awakening in the place where the sun first shines on the continental United States.
Then, when the war fervor changes the nature of the outside world, Leper is the first to enlist. He pays a significant price for his impulsive brand of romanticism; at boot camp, he suffers a nervous breakdown from which he does not fully recover in the novel.
Still, it is Leper who forces the boys at Devon to acknowledge the harsh realities awaiting them outside the walls of the Devon School.To-day the talk was of the great news of the peace from Europe, and Marie was attracted by the exclama- tions that were made. and he also brought from Rome Brother John to officiate as leader of the choir, and to instruct the monks in chanting the service.
the Reverend Doc- tor Armageddon. Although our es- trangement is now over, and. At a Glance. A Separate Peace features two main characters: Gene Forrester and Phineas (“Finny”).; Gene is the novel’s narrator.
Quiet, introspective, and deeply insecure, Gene admires Finny. Finny represents rebellion without malice, strength without pride, and friendship without judgment. Finny has a flippant charm, a natural instinct to lead, an ability to organize and rally, and an inborn spirit that is continually transcending all obstacles.
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