Monday, May 6, 2013
Escape: Gene vs. Leper
The word "escape" is defined as: to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment,or any threatened evil (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/escape?s=t). For Leper, this could mean an escape from war and from his sane mind, but for Gene, he has unwillingly left what he used to know as normal.
At the end of chapter 9, a telegram was sent to Gene. The telegram read: "I have escaped and need help... My safety depends on you coming at once. Your best friend, Leper." (137) Naturally, Gene went to find Leper at his winter home, where he had safely "escaped" from war and is living with his mother. When Gene arrives and stays at the home for a while, he realizes that the war has completely changed Leper, and he is no longer an innocent boy with a sane mind who played with snails, he is a psychotic man who doesn't know what to do with himself. ""I escaped!" the words surging out in a voice and intensity that was not Leper's." (143)
Gene so far does not understand what all of this means, whether it is Leper going insane from the war or changing from a boy to a man and not knowing how to deal with it. Gene feels like he has "escaped" from what he used to know as normal, like Joking with Finny and having fun at Devon.
Is Leper ever going to go back to normal?
Does Leper mean it when he says that Gene pushed Finny out of the tree or has he just gone psycho?