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What are 5 adjectives that describe Gene Forrester?I am doing a project where I have to...

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Posted November 24, 2009 at 9:09 AM via web

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What are 5 adjectives that describe Gene Forrester?

I am doing a project where I have to answer questions about innocence, darkness in men's hearts, guilt, inclusion, etc, from Gene Forrester's point of view from A Separate Peace, so I need to learn more about him

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 24, 2009 at 11:23 PM (Answer #1)

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These negative traits come out in Gene's character profile:

  • insecure
  • withdrawn
  • envious
  • melancholic
  • proud

However, Gene has some positive points, too. He is ambitious, hardworking (studious), and reflective.  He has a natural complicity in friendship, which to him means more that superficial relationships with peers.  He would have been loyal, too, had not the competitive and envious streak in him got the best of him in a moment of weakness. That is why it is so hard for him to make peace with himself after he betrays Finny by making him fall.

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