Double Entry Journal "A Separate Piece"

1683 WordsDec 11, 20117 Pages
Double Entry Journals 2 A Separate Peace By: Ron Vainstein “Every time, when I got my self into position to jump, I felt a flash of disbelief that was I was doing anything so perilous. But I always jumped. Otherwise I would have lost face with Phineas, and that would have been unthinkable.” P. 34 In this passage Finny talked Gene into jumping off of a tall tree into the lake near their school in order to stay in their club. Once Gene is up on the tree he felt doubt that he would land safely. However, in order to stay friends with Finny, he had to do it. This is an Intratextual Connection because earlier in the novel Gene explains that even though he doesn’t like doing everything Finny feels like doing, he feels like…show more content…
144 In this passage, Gene goes to visit his friend Leper, who deserted the army after suffering hallucinations. Gene listens to Lepers stories about his experience and realizes that his friend has become mentally unstable and begins to fear for himself and his friends at school who will join the army once the year is over. Gene also seems to fear for his old friend Leper who left school early in order to join the army, Gene feels that Leper is too unstable to be left alone and is afraid that Leper might harm himself. This passage is Intertextual as I learned from the book “5th Business” that soldiers who come back from war are never the same, both mentally and physically due to the harsh living conditions in the trenches and the constant sight of death. I wonder if Leper suffered from “shell shock”, a common mental disorder of war veterans. This also relates to “About a Boy” as Marcus begins to worry for his mother who becomes mentally unstable and attempts suicide, Will begins to fear that his mother will try again and is convinced that he cant leave her alone. “I never killed anybody and I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy. Because my war ended before I ever put on a uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there. Only Phineas never was afraid, only Phineas never hated anyone.” P. 204 In this passage, Gene speaks as his older self and reflects on the meaning of his

More about Double Entry Journal "A Separate Piece"

Open Document