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A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace

by John Knowles

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Character Role Analysis

Phineas

Gene openly admits to following Phineas's lead. Finny talks him into breaking the rules, shows him (if implicitly) how to behave, and governs the dynamic of their relationship. That's before his accident. After, Finny takes a more explicit role in crafting Gene's character. He literally tells him what to do, trains him, creates a new Gene that is somehow "a part of Phineas."


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