Fear In John Knowles A Separate Peace

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“Do not fear.” Those wise words are stated several times throughout Isaiah 41:9-13, but they are much easier said than done. In everyone's lives, there is a wide variety of things that induce fear, and one of the most difficult tasks in the world is when one must overcome one of their fears. Gene, Finny, and their classmates are no exception; they all have their own fears that they struggle against day to day, to the extent that it becomes a controlling factor in their lives. Fear as a negative controlling factor is one of the key themes in John Knowles' A Separate Peace. Isaiah 49:9-13 can really be tied into this theme in that the characters in the novel do not turn to God to help them overcome their fear and are thus overtaken by it, just as Gene is overtaken by the gigantic wave at the beach. “Suddenly it was immeasurably bigger than I was, it rushed me from the control of gravity and took control of me itself,” was Gene's description of being overtaken by the wave on page 46. Anyone who has experienced uncontrollable anxiety and fear will know that it is a similar sensation of helplessness. That is why this passage from the novel is so symbolic and ties into the theme of fear's control.…show more content…
For one thing, if Gene had believed that God was there to help and He had chosen and not rejected him, as it says in the verse, he may have been less insecure, jealous, and afraid. Even Finny, who was more positive than any other character, would most likely have had less fear of the war if he had believed that God was there to help him. He also would not have been so doubtful of his worth after his accident, which meant he would never to be able to play sports again, because he would have known that God still cared for him and that he still had a

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