Good Literature is a book that contains unique characters, intriguing plots, universal themes, excellent language, and a good life lesson or moral. A Separate Peace is not considered good literature because there seems to be no good message of any kind or an intriguing plot. One character, Gene, is a follower and will do anything to impress other people. There are some other characters with negative traits like this that make it seem like the book has no valuable message.
When Finny, Gene’s extremely athletic friend, asks Gene to jump off a tree into a river with him and start a secret group, he accepts the request. Then, when they are both on the tree, Gene’s knees bend, causing Finny to fall off and break his leg. Everyone considered this an accident but then Gene eventually confesses, which causes Finny to rush on some stairs and hurt his leg once again, which then causes him to die of an operation.
This series of events does not seem to prove any point or send a useful message to the reader. For this reason, A Separate Peace should not be considered good literature. Also, the need Gene felt to always surpass Finny proves to be meaningless when Finny eventually dies. This is because Gene does not really feel that much emotion when he hears the news. Since he was always trying to surpass him, it would make sense if Gene actually looked up to Finny or had an emotional bond to him.
Instead, Gene just brushes his death off in a way which does not portray something that would leave the reader satisfied or entice them. In conclusion, A Separate Peace is a book that is not good literature. The plot is not intriguing enough and there doesn’t seem to be a clear or valuable message. Gene, one of the main characters, will do anything to make other people like him. He caused his friend, Finny, to fall off a tree and just went along with the joke that he did it on purpose instead of confessing that he really did do it and it was not an accident.
Then, when Finny dies towards the end of the book, Gene barely feels any remorse and just brushes off his friend’s death. This does not send a clear or positive message to the reader nor is it fascinating. Consequently, A Separate Peace should not be considered good literature.