A Separate Peace: Antagonists And Gene



We all confront antagonists in everyday life. In John Knowles, A
Separate Peace, Gene, the protagonist confronts several different
antagonists as he tries to mature throughout the book. The antagonists
Finny, the war, and Gene’s own inner issues affect how fast he is able to
start this process of maturing. All of them developing him as a person.
Finny is one of the many antagonists who shows Gene’s maturing process
down by making all of Gene’s decisions for him. First, Finny pressures
Gene to climb up in a tree and jump into a river. “What was I doing up
here anyway? Why did I let Finny talk me into things like this?” (Pg. 9)
Gene is obviously too shy and won’t speak up for himself. ...

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you can’t back down
on your decisions just to please another person.. However, Finny isn’t the
only thing that affects Gene and his maturing process.

The war acts as an antagonistic force toward Gene because it forces
him to mature too fast. When Genes friend, Leper is recruited from Devon,
Gene realizes that the war is real and it does affect him, especially when
Leper comes back from the war crazy. This affects his maturing because he
is seeing someone he cares about loose his mind. Finny’s opinion on the
war also affects and shocks Gene, “sure, there isn’t any war.” (Pg. 150)
This forces Gene to mature because he realizes that people have different
beliefs and standards which is a major realization in the maturing process.
When Gene realizes that he will eventually have to go to war, this is a
major step because part of maturing is coming to terms with what you have
to do. Even though the environment affected Gene’s maturing in many ways,
his inner issues were the ...

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