We're moving forward with A Separate Peace. I hope you enjoy the bit of the movie we are able to see thus far. I feel that allowing you to see what is happening in conjunction with reading it, really helps to meld the story into something truly amazing!
When we left last week, we see Gene making a bit of a transformation. I know many of you were awestruck (or even creeped out) with him putting on Gene's pink shirt. The more I go back and read it, the better I understand exactly what is happening...by putting on Finny’s clothes and mimicking Finny’s expressions in the mirror, Gene has blurred the line that separates his own identity from that of his "best friend". To look at this from a psychologist POV, one could argue that to alleviate his guilt about "pushing" Finny from the tree, Gene seeks to escape his "self" and find refuge in someone else’s identity. Moreover, while becoming Finny allows Gene to escape his own guilty conscience, it also enables him to eradicate the feelings at the base of that guilt. Gene feels guilty about the accident because he knows how envious he was of Finny and cannot help but wonder if his envy somehow influenced his actions. Here's the really twisted part, by dressing up as Finny, Gene has purged himself of this envy by becoming the very object of it. :::GASP:::
We're going to take sometime this week to better understand Knowles characters and how we are able to draw the conclusions we do. Please keep in mind there will be a vocab quiz on Chapters 1-5 on Wednesday and Thursday!
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