Gene's Changing Identity In 'A Separate Peace'

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The theme of Gene’s continuously changing identity is what drives the story A Separate Peace. Gene evolves throughout his years at the Devon School, for instance Gene puts Phineas’ clothes on once Phineas is in the hospital, Gene questions whether or not Phineas broke the swimming record to either impress him or to show him up, and Gene even gets himself to believe Phineas is trying to sabotage his studies by creating the Super Suicide Society. Through Gene’s thoughts and actions towards Phineas it shows he is jealous of him, and paranoid that Phineas could be having evil thoughts towards Gene. By Gene putting Phineas’ clothes on it proves he is envious of his friend and wishes to be more like Phineas in certain aspects, while wearing his

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