What quotes support the themes of  jealousy, irresponsibility, denial, and insecurity in A Separate Peace?

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That is a lot of different themes; so I'll try to provide some quotes that overlap a couple of those themes. Gene is an insecure character, and that insecurity leads to both fear and jealousy of Finny. Gene is so awash in those feelings that he doesn't even realize that they are there. It's akin to the air that he breathes. It's there; however, it essentially goes unnoticed. Gene points this out to his readers in chapter one.

Preserved along with it, like stale air in an unopened room, was the well known fear which had surrounded and filled those days, so much of it that I hadn't even known it was there. Because, unfamiliar with the absence of fear and what that was like, I had not been able to identify its presence.

By chapter 4, readers are quite familiar with Gene's rampant jealousy of Finny and the insecurities that it leaves Gene with. Chapter 4 gives a wonderful quote that shows just how deeply rooted Gene's feelings go. Gene says that he realizes Finny is also jealous of him, and that strangely makes Gene feel better. Gene is comforted by the notion that his best friend has a character flaw. To get self-confidence from the potential weaknesses of someone else is a great illustration of insecurity.

I felt better. Yes, I sensed it like the sweat of relief when nausea passes away; I felt better. We were even after all, even in enmity. The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all.

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Gene is plagued by insecurity. He compares himself to Finny, who seems to have all the daring, nonchalance, physicality, and personal charisma Gene would like to possess more of. Gene reveals the depths of his insecurity when he talks about the summer term as his summer of sarcasm. He notes that:

It was only long after that I recognized sarcasm as the protest of people who are weak.

At the time, Gene is in denial but looking back later he realizes that because of his insecurity, he acted out in weak, underhanded, and passive-aggressive ways.

The themes of insecurity and jealousy come up again when Gene overreacts to Finny's joking remark that he would be jealous if Gene had gotten all As. Gene comes to the conclusion that Finny deliberately blocked him from getting an A in a class and explodes into mistrust of Finny's friendship:

It was all cold trickery, it was all calculated, it was all enmity

In fact, it is Gene who is projecting his own bitter jealousy of Finny onto his friend. He can't see past his own insecurity to the genuine friendship Finny offers him.

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You are going to be able to find a lot of these quotes in the opening chapters of the book.  For example, look a few pages into chapter 2.  Gene says of Finny wearing the pink shirt, "I couldn't help envying him a little."  Later, after the tie incident, Gene says,

"He had gotten away with it.  I felt a sudden stab of disappointment.  That was because I just wanted to see some more excitement; that must have been it."

But in reality, it was because he was jealous of Finny getting away with everything, and wanted to see him have to pay the consequence, just like everyone else, for once. Later, towards the end of chapter 3 after Finny breaks the school record, Gene is actually mad about it.  He states, "Was he trying to impress me or something?"  At the very, very end the chapter, Gene doesn't tell Finny that he is his best friend after Finny does, because

"I was stopped by that level of feeling, deeper than though, which contains the truth."

The truth was, he was jealous of Finny more than he liked him, and so he couldn't just state outright that Finny was his best friend, because he felt like Finny was more of a competitor than a best friend.  A few pages into chapter 4, Gene thinks bitterly, "Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies," which is him manifesting malevolent overtones to Finny's friendship, another symptom of jealousy.

For your other themes, submit them each as separate questions, since the format of this website allows for one question a day.  I hope these quotes help a bit with the jealousy theme though; good luck!

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