Although confessing to Finny would have deeply hurt him, Gene should have confessed because it would have cleared his conscious, it would have made Finny accept reality, and Finny would never have died.Although unveiling the truth to Finny would have made Gene Clearing one's conscious is not only good for oneself but also has positive effects on others.Leper explains to Gene how he left the war after becoming delusional.
Whereas Finny sees the world as essentially harmonious and benevolent, the distrustful Gene sees the world as rife with divisions.
Finny’s sense of completeness draws people to him, but the novel also suggests that he has an essentially childlike way of relating to the world, one that cannot survive the harsh realties of war.
Leper truly escaped the painful reality of war, by going insane.
The second situation that illustrates an escape from reality is when Gene and Finny do not acknowledge the war, because Finny had broken his ankle, and was unable to join the war effort.
This is an escape from reality because Finny and Gene were hiding from the fact that Gene was not enlisting because he felt sorry for Finny.
Finny and Gene made an escape so Gene could ease his guilty conscious because he was the reason for Finnys injury.Finny explains his theory to Gene when he says "But they couldn't use that trick forever, so for us they've cooked up this war fake."(115) What he does not understand is Finny refuses to believe that he will not be able to partake in the war.Finny refuses to believe anything or anyone can stop him from completing his goals, so therefore he discredits any goals he is unable to achieve.The book, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, is a novel narrated by a character named Gene.In the novel Gene struggles with the memory of him causing his best friend Finny to fall from a tree.During the last several weeks, I have enjoyed reading A Separate Peace in this book Finny and Gene are faced with many situations that teat there friend ship.It also shows many themes one of them being escaping form reality.At the end when Finny and Gene are discussing the events of the day the accident occurred, Finny forgives Gene and Gene feels better because of that.Unfortunately their resolution is too late and their new friendship is short lived.Leper escapes from the reality of the war by letting go of his mind.Gene, the main character, goes to visit Leper when he returns from the war after receiving a discharge for his insanity.