A Separate Peace Essay

Betrayal, one of the most horrible things you could do to anyone your family, a friend anyone. To me it’s one of my all time most hated things a person could do and it’s almost unforgivable. In this book A Separate Peace by John Knowles two boys Phineas and Gene who are best friends at a boarding school in New Hampshire experience some of the worst kinds of Betrayal you could think of. Gene commits a very bad betrayal when he jousts the tree limb they are both standing on ending up with Finny falling and badly breaking his leg.

This was no accident because Gene can’t stand the guilt. After the accident Gene is allowed to go see Finny in the hospital and gets interrupted when he’s about to tell Finny he did it on purpose. He gets another chance when he shows up at Phineas house and bust out that he did it on purpose. “You see! Kill me! Now you know what it is! I did it because I felt like that! Now you know yourself! ” Gene says this when Finny tells him to shut up or he will kill him and that explains the Genes reason for hurting Finny.

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This is betrayal they are best friends and best friends are suppose to look out for one another. Gene did this because he can’t stand Finny they are best friends but Gene envies Finny so much and hated him but really loved him. This betrayal is the leading event to one of the most shocking and awful things that could ever happen to a boy. Another betrayal in this story leads to Finny re injuring himself and make things even worse happens a little while after his return to Devon.

While Finny was at home the boys at their school brought up that maybe Gene did it on purpose just to get his own room and get rid of Finny. When they say this to Gene it upsets him very much and he assures them that it was an “accident” which we know it’s wasn’t but they don’t know that. So they try and blame it on Gene and Finny not knowing that it wasn’t true and Gene denied it all runs or waddles out with his still broke leg and falls down the stairs and re brakes his leg making everything worse.

This can go both ways on the betrayal but because Gene never told Finny that the guys in his class said this to him Finny had to believe and think it was true. This is all important because it leads to Finny needing a very tricky surgery to fix all the broken bones and misplaced bones in his leg. Gene even though have betrayed his friend still cares about him but there is not much to say he did things to someone that was supposed to be his best pal. These two have gone thought a lot and I can’t imagine the pain and hurt they both feel those are some bad situations they experience so young in their life.

Gene and Finny go thought a lot as friends throughout the story they go from best friends to hated enemies to best friends and in the end something sick and twisted happens that is a bit of a shock. I’ve told you all of this to lead you up to what happens in the end of this story two these two boys. This surgery Finny must undergo to fix his leg is very tricking and hard to go with the lack of medical equipment at the time period. During the procedure some marrow from Finney’s leg gets into his blood stream going straight to his heart causing it to stop beating and kill Finny.

When I read this I got goose bumps and looked away for a second to picture what Genes face looked like when he was told this information. Gene’s betrayal was the spark for events that lead up to Finny passing away. This to me is a good reason why I think betrayal is one of the worst things a person can do. No person should have to feel the pain when they find out their best friend has betrayed them. This story is a good example of taking things for granted and not realizing that a best friend is a gift and shouldn’t be taken for advantage.

You never really know what you got until it’s gone and when it’s gone it’s gone forever and Gene had to learn that the hard way. Throughout this story these two are on a roller coaster full of twist and turns and fighting and betrayal. You can learn a lot from these situations and how to avoid them because if you’re like me you can’t stand people who betray and even worse their best friend. Pushing someone out of a tree isn’t going to change who they are on the inside. To do that you need to talk with them and if you are friends like you say you are then they should listen to what you have to say.

I know if my friend was doing something that was making me want to kill them or even hurt them id sit them down look them in the eye and tell them how I feel. Betrayal is a bad thing and especially with friends you have to have trust that’s the main component for having a good friendship with someone. You can take a lot out of this book it has helped me see that even though someone even your best friend can drive you crazy and sometimes to a point where you want to kill them you just have to stay calm and relax talk it out and it will be fine.

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