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Jealousy seems to be a mix of low self-esteem plus envy; it's mainly about perception from those two weak points of view, too. If a person obsesses over these feelings for too long, there are sure to be negative consequences. In A Separate Peace, Gene compares himself to Finny's accomplishments, which were: first, socially winning over both adults and students (26-27); second, physical athleticism like breaking the school swimming record (44); and finally, creating Blitzball and the Super Suicide Society (39;33). Ironically, Gene realizes that his jealousy was unfounded right before he jounces the tree limb and breaks Finny's leg. It was then too late to stop the unsettled, erroneous, and long-standing emotions from breaking through his sub-conscious which made him act out on impulse. Had Gene been able to think about his realization longer before the tree incident, he may not have broken Finny's leg.
Posted by tinicraw on April 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM (Answer #1)
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