A Separate Peace - Gene's Journey
Gene Forrester's difficult journey towards maturity and the adult
world is a main focus of the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles.
Gene's journey begins the moment he pushes Phineas from the tree and
the process continues until he visits the tree fifteen years later.
Throughout this time, Gene must become self-aware, face reality and
the future, confront his problems, as well as forgive and accept the
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person that he is, Gene enables himself to move on and join the adult
Gene's maturation is long, painful. It is a painful and difficult
process that reveals a darker side of Gene that he doesn't
neccessarily wish to see. However painful, Gene is made a better
person during his maturation through his suffering. Through
his pain and awful revalations about himself, Gene matures from an
insecure child to a self-knowledgable adult.