What does Gene learn to understand about himself at the end of the book? HELPP!!!!i need to write an essay and i am having difficulties writing the thesis. this is what i have so far: Through...

What does Gene learn to understand about himself at the end of the book? HELPP!!!!

i need to write an essay and i am having difficulties writing the thesis.

this is what i have so far: Through characterization of Gene, author John knowles develops the idea that learning how your inner battles cause you to hurt loved ones, allows one to see themselves...?

 

i also need help with finding 3 main topics that relate and prove this thesis. and also quotes that go with those topics.

ahhhhhhhh any ideas??

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My first thought is that your thesis may be a bit limited. Gene learns some basic truths about his own character--how insecure and fearful he was--but he learns several other important truths, as well, about Finny and about the basic cause of all wars. These ideas are expressed beautifully in the novel, both in the opening passage before the flashback begins and in the conclusion of the novel. As you work with your paper, you might consider expanding your thesis to discuss Gene's understanding not only of himself, but also of these other truths. Also, you might consider posting your question on the discussion board in the A Separate Peaceenotes group. Doing this would open up your question to lots of discussion. Good luck. This is an excellent novel.

babyeka1999 | Student
He learns about how important hisfriendship with finny and how he was "a part of finny"
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