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A Separate Peace

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language

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The Two Trees

The relationship between Gene and Finny can be compared to the event that took place in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve partaking of the tree of knowledge . While the danger was always present , it wasn ‘t until the temptation overtook Eve and then Adam that the fall from grace took place . Comparing this to the fall from the tree Finny took with the help of Gene , I will show how both allusions teach us the treachery [banner_entry_middle]

of the heart

It is interesting to discover that it wasn ‘t until after Adam and Eve partook of the fruit from the tree that they began to notice things about each other , and themselves , that they hadn ‘t noticed before . They saw their bodies differently and sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness . When Gene finally realized that Finny felt as if he was an extension of himself (171 , it was grievously too late for it to make a difference . It did leave a lasting impression on Gene one that would haunt him the rest of his life

The allusion of the `fall from grace ‘ Finny took from `his ‘ tree really took its toll on Gene . Even though they had known each other long enough to become friends , there was still a twinge of jealousy in Gene ‘s heart because Finny was such a better athlete than he was . There would not have been such jealousy had they not been good friends . If they didn ‘t know one another there would have not been any reason , other than sports achievement , to drive Gene ‘s fervor to beat him . It was because they were so close that the jealousy overtook him and he shook the branch in the tree causing Finny ‘s fall

The Bible states in Genesis 2 :23 that Adam called Eve Woman , because she was taken out of Man ‘ This made them one . Adam thought of Eve as an extension of himself . Of all the fruit and vegetables in the Garden and even other trees bearing fruit , it was this one tree that caused them a life time of torment . One has to ask why God put the tree there in the first place , but when you realize the relationship God had with Adam , it is easy to know why God trusted him . The severity of the punishment for disobeying is directly related to the closeness of their relationship . The tree was good , and will make you gods (3 :5 ) was the temptation of the serpent . The allusion in this segment of the Bible illustrates the one thing that has plagued mankind down through the annals of time : always wanting what they cannot have

Gene was not much different in respect to wanting something that was not his : Finny ‘s athletic ability . Try as he may , he could not muster the strength and agility of Finny and the treachery of his heart got the better of… [banner_entry_footer]


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