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Paper on A Separate Peace

Paper on A Separate Peace - Lindsay Lastinger C Period Ms...

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Lindsay Lastinger C. Period August 23, 2007 Ms. Carver “Finny’s Denial towards Gene” Throughout “A Separate Peace”, John Knowles illustrates Finny’s many acts of denial towards Gene. He continuously denies the face that Gene, someone who he knows and loves, was capable of committing a crime so horrible that he was forced to live his life as cripple forever. This act of extreme loyalty proves that Finny is very aware of the true meaning of friendship. As the story proceeds, he demonstrates this unique quality several times. In fact, he denies the truth so many times that he manages to completely change and recreate his memory of the accident. Finny refuses to believe Gene’s confessions because he is a good friend, and in his heart he is convinced that Gene would never purposely try to hurt him. One particular instance in which Finny begins to show signs of denial is in the infirmary, only a few days after the accident. Gene returns when he is asked to bring a suitcase of Finny’s clothing. During his visit, the boys discuss the accident and how it happened. When describing
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