I am submitting a paragraph on what the discussions regarding the war show about Phineas and Gene.Finny says that the war is not real because he can no longer participate and Gene does not join so...

I am submitting a paragraph on what the discussions regarding the war show about Phineas and Gene.

Finny says that the war is not real because he can no longer participate and Gene does not join so that he can stay behind with Finny, etc. Among other things, I understand that this reveals Finny lies to hide his bitterness at not being able to paricipate and that Gene shows loyalty to Finny by not enlisting. Please help me come up with a topic sentence for this paragraph.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You are finding that the war is revealing character traits about these two boys. In particular, I notice each character train is unattractive.

I would submit a topic sentence that sounds like this:

A Seperate Peace uses the circumstances of the war to reveal unattractive character traits in both Gene and Finny.

OR, if you don't want to take a judging point of view.

The circumstances of the war in A Separate Peace reveal complex character traits in both Gene and Finny.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book A Separate Peace Finny had originally been in favor of supporting the war effort.  He had been in good physical shape and like many boys his age he thought he wanted to do the right thing and serve.  After his accident he kept telling everyone that the war was not real.  However, he wanted badly to be able to contribute some part of himself to the war effort.  He had tried to get into every branch only to be told they could not use him.  For Finny, it was a harsh and unsettling blow to his self-worth.

Gene also figured that he would become a part of the war effort.  It was the natural expectation for young men to go off to war and he ahd planned on serving his time.  I don't think for him going to war was as important as it had been to Finny.  However, he was puzzeled by Finny's response when he kept saying "there was no war."

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