What is some evidence that Gene from A Separate Peace is guilty?We are having a mock trial at my school for A Separate Peace.  The prosecuters are accusing Gene of purposely pushing Finny out of...

What is some evidence that Gene from A Separate Peace is guilty?

We are having a mock trial at my school for A Separate Peace.  The prosecuters are accusing Gene of purposely pushing Finny out of the tree.  I have the role of Gene and I am trying to become as prepared as possible for answering the questions the prosecuters will ask me.  I do not know what they will ask, only what the defense will ask.  Finny is on my side, Leper and Brinker are against me.  Those are the four witnesses (including myself).  I can guess some of the questions that I may be asked, but I am not sure that I have thought of everything.  Please answer with questions from the prosecting side, and if you think of an answer, I would be glad to hear that as well.  I will be happy with just questions if you do not have an answer.  thank you :)

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Leper's testimony is most likely going to be your most damning evidence. If the prosecution asks you how you respond to Leper's testimony that you deliberately jumped on the branch, you need to counter with evidence that there is no way that Leper--who never climbed the tree--would have any idea of how much the branch moved on its own when two people stood on it. You might also mentioned that Leper was no longer in the military because of his psychological problems; so he is an unreliable witness.

The prosecution might ask you what your true feelings toward Finny were, and you need to give evidence of all the time you spent doing whatever Finny wanted, that you skipped class (something you never would have done on your own) to spend a day of fun with Finny, and that you even gave up enlisting early because Finny asked you not to.

If the prosecution asks you why you do not grab and hang on to Finny when he is falling from the branch, you could state that you went into a state of shock and just didn't think as quickly as you should have.  By the time you realized what had happened, Finny was already falling to the ground.

Good luck--it sounds like a fun assignment.

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