As a result, gene's anger churns within him and emerges in unconscious forms — a bending of the knees, for instance, that shakes the limb of the tree at the critical moment and causes finny to fall yet, as much as gene resents finny's freedom, he needs him to become a complete human being. Gene is there with his roommate phineas, or finny, and three other boys: elwin “leper” lepellier, chet douglass, and bobby zane finny tries to persuade them to jump off a branch of the tree into the river—a feat that no student of their age has ever tried before.
Gene is the main character and narrator of the john knowles novel, 'a separate peace' in this lesson, we will look at the struggles he faces as he is coming to age during world war ii at the devon school for boys. Gene forrester - the narrator and protagonist of the novel when a separate peace begins, gene is in his early thirties, visiting the devon school for the first time in years he is thoughtful and intelligent, with a competitive nature and a tendency to brood he develops a love-hate relationship.
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 but envies his charm, self-confidence, and independent spirit throughout the novel, gene feels inferior to finny finny is the only character without a last name. A member of gene and finny's circle of friends during the summer, he refuses to jump from the tree from which finny falls mr prud'homme a substitute devon house master on duty during the summer term. He then sends gene up the tree for his turn gene finds himself in a mild state of shock once he reaches the limb as he ponders the plunge, finny orders him to jump gene does so, but the other three boys refuse the group heads back to the center of campus, finny and gene walking side by side. Gene forrester back next character analysis gene is the narrator and protagonist of a separate peace he suffers from many of the ailments you're probably all familiar with, or will be shortly, from your own sixteen-year-old days: self-consciousness, uncertainty, jealousy, an identity crisis or two, and really annoying seniors with duck-and-shrubbery related names (quackenbush, for those of you who don't speak crossword puzzle.
Finny is the only character in the novel for whom knowles does not provide a last name unlike gene forrester, whose name offers two different meanings (well-born and hardy), finny's character needs no qualification: finny is just finny.
He offers to talk with gene about finny's accident, but gene changes the subject like dr stanpole, latham represents the sympathetic, but powerless, adult previous about a separate peace.
A separate peace is a coming-of-age novel by john knowles based on his earlier short story, phineas, it was knowles' first published novel and became his best-known work set against the backdrop of world war ii, a separate peace explores morality, patriotism and loss of innocence through its narrator, gene.