Character Analysis: A Separate Peace

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Psychophobia, atelophobia, panphobia, these are just a few of the fears that takes root in Gene’s life without Finny there. Monophobia, proditiophobia, atelophobia, these are some of the fears that begin to cripple Finny. Everyone is afraid of something. There is no one who is without fear, and John Knowles makes that very clear in his book A Separate Peace. Isaiah 41:9-13 says, “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‘All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord our God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.’” (NIV) This verse helps with Finny and Gene’s shared fear atelophobia which is the fear of not being good enough. Finny shows this fear on page (End of Chapter 12) when he says, “The answer was no soap. We can’t use you.” This is where Finny reveals his thinking that if he is not good enough to be in the war, then he has no…show more content…
Gene is not only afraid of being unintelligent, but is also losing his own sanity. First of all, Gene has always made learning an important thing in his life as seen on page (Middle of Chapter 4) “He hated you for getting an A in every course but one last term. You would have had an A in that one except for him.” His need to be intelligent was the first thing that Gene thought Finny hated making one believe that intelligence would be more than just a priority but almost an obsession. This is evidenced when Gene is told by Finny that he has to waist Gene’s time for

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