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A Separate Peace Reading Response Journal (12-16-08)

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Liang 3 “If Finny hadn’t come up right behind me…if he hadn’t been there…I could have fallen on the bank and broken my back! If I hadn’t fallen awkwardly enough I could have been killed. Finny had practically saved my life,” (32). Finny grabbed Gene and prevented him from falling to death down below. They watch each other’s backs and show their unbroken friendship. One of them has even escaped death by the help of the other. Chapter 3: Theme: “I should have told him then that he was my best friend also and rounded off what he had said. I started to; I nearly did. But something held me back. Perhaps I was stopped by that level of feeling, deeper than thought, which contains the truth,” (48). Gene is unable to tell Finny that he feels the same way for Finny. After Finny breaks one of the school’s swimming records without any swimming practice, Gene acknowledges that Finny is good at every sport he plays. This creates a jealousy in Gene, which prevents him from liking Finny as much as Finny likes Gene. Character: “It needn’t be surprising that he was sensationally good at [blitzball], and that the rest of us were more or less bumblers in our different ways. I suppose it served us right for letting him do all the planning…. It was good that Finny could shine at it. He could also shine at many other things, with people for instance, the others in our dormitory, the faculty; in fact, if you stopped to think about it, Finny could shine with everyone, he attracted everyone he met. I was glad of that too. Naturally. He was my roommate and my best friend,” (40). Gene clearly admires Finny for his independence, talents, and lighthearted spirit. Everyone else also admires Finny for the same reasons. Finny doesn’t have any enemies, because he doesn’t hate anyone. In contrast with the end of this chapter, Gene considers Finny as his best friend. After the school record is broken by Finny, Gene’s jealousy overpowers this consideration. Setting/Mood/Plot:
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Liang 3 “It is this special America, a very untypical one I guess, an unfamiliar transitional blur in the memories of most people, which is the real America for me. In that short-lived and special country we spent this summer at Devon when Finny achieved certain feats as an athlete. In such a period no one notices or rewards any achievements involving the body unless the result is to kill it or save it on the battlefield, so that there were only a few of us to applaud and wonder at what he was able to do,” (42). American citizens only remember the soldiers who are going on to fight in WWII. Despite Finny accomplishing so many athletic feats, he doesn’t receive all the praise he deserves. However, Finny is modest. When he beats a school record, he doesn’t want Gene to tell anyone about it. Chapter 4:
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