What role does Leper play in A Separate Peace? what does the author suggest about the nature of his relationship to gene and finny?contrast brinker and finny. how do their personalities relate to...

What role does Leper play in A Separate Peace?

what does the author suggest about the nature of his relationship to gene and finny?

contrast brinker and finny. how do their personalities relate to the winter session and summer session respetively?

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Leper is a minor character whose role in the novel is to show the boys at Devon the harsh realities of war. No young man wanted to get out of serving his country in WWII, and Leper joins up on an impulse, thinking only of the romanticized view of war rather than the realities of war. He leaves boot camp when he suffers a nervous breakdown, and Leper never fully recovers during the novel.

Brinker Hadley is "the big name on campus". He is straight as an arrow in his thinking and in his political beliefs. He's law-abiding and very conservative in his thinking and in his beliefs. He makes sure to keep order at Devon, and he always uses logic to make his decisions. However, he's totally insincere in his behavior toward people. Brinker arranges the mock trial that leads to Finny's second fall and his death, even though Brinker isn't totally serious. This does lead to a confrontation between Finny and Gene where Finny tells Gene he knows Gene caused his accident on purpose. Brinker is cold, much like the winter. His behavior and thinking is cold and calculated.

Finny is the school's best athlete, both handsome and self-confident. He's also naive and innocent. He never gets in trouble for the things he does. He is carefree, a person other people gravitate toward. Finny represents the carefree, fun days of summer because that is his personality.

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His role is to show you (and the students at Devon) the harsh realities of the war and its affects on people.

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