A Separate Peace

How does gene represent adulthood?

a separate peace can be read as an allegory for the end of innocence. finny is compared to a child and gene is compared to an adult. what is 3 example in the book that proves he is an allegoric charterer of adulthood. with examples(proofs) from the book and exactly how it connects to adults? thnx soo much!

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Really we can examine this question by comparing Gene to Finny. Both boys are character foils for each other. While Finny represents the abandonment of youth, Gene represents the trappings of adulthood. Gene is academic, Finny is athletic; Gene is a hard worker, Finny is not; Gene follows the rules, and Finny breaks them; Gene heeds authority figures, Finny does his best to ignore them.