Could you help me begin two letters from Gene in A Separate Peace in which he apologizes?
I have to write two letters of apology (pretending to be Gene) for my actions at the tree for two audiences. I was going to write the apology to Phineas and his parents, but I don't know how to begin the letters.
What if you wrote to Finny and then to the other boys at the school who are close to Finny? Gene hurts this group the most.
I would not say "Dear Phineas" because Gene almost always refers to Finny by his nickname. So after you address him as "Dear Finny," you could use your first paragraph to discuss what Finny means to Gene and how much he misses him as his roommate and friend at Devon. After that, it would be appropriate to get into the apology--what exactly Gene did, why he thinks he did it, and a petition for Finny's forgiveness.
In regards to writing the other boys, Gene could address it to the Super Suicide Members. This letter should be similar to the letter to Finny in that Gene admits to what he did, discusses how he realizes that by causing Finny's injury, he took away someone who was a true friend to all the boys at Devon, and again ask for their forgiveness. Since Brinker seems to enjoy formal processes, Gene could make this letter almost like a resolution listing steps that he is willing to take in order to make everything right.
Good luck--it sounds like an interesting assignment. You might want to use the link below to get a better understanding of Gene.
I am writing to you because there has been something on my mind for some time and I need to discuss it with you. I tried to tell you once when you first had your accident, but you wouldn't let me.
I am the reason you had the accident. I wanted for so long to tell you this. It wasn't that I ever meant to hurt you the way that it had happened. I was just so jealous and I was stupid. I did an impulsive thing.......
I am writing this letter because I have to get something off of my chest. I have carried around this guilt until it is breaking my heart. I can not look at Phinny without hating myself for my own actions so I must share this letter with you.
I am to blame for what happened to your son. We were playing around and I made a stupid decision that led to his fall. I jumped the branch and Phinny fell. I never meant for him to get hurt the way that he did....