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  • A Separate Peace - 1,289 words
    ... and three acquaintances come into Gene and Finny's dorm and pull them out. After they entered the Assembly Room, Brinker remarks, "You see how Finny limps." This phrase was the beginning of his plan to set the truth loose, or primarily break the friendship link between Finny and Gene. Brinker chose the Assembly Room as the setting for this trial since there is nothing humorous about the place. It is a place which would be terrible for Gene's sake to talk about the cause of the accident. The second support is Brinker's remark in consociation to the accident. He says to Gene, "There is a war on, here's one soldier our side has already lost. We've got to find out what happened." A powerful ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 1,324 words
    The novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles looks into the life of young men on the verge of adulthood. Some of them are not able to cope, while others deal with life and make the best of it. The novel does an excellent job of portraying life during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The story takes places in Exeter, New Hampshire, in the Devon School. It opens during the summer of 1942. In A Separate Peace, the main character, Gene, starts to feel as though him and Phineas (aka Finny, his best friend) are in rivalry against each other. Gene thinks that Finny is purposely trying to ruin his grades, while trying to get him to excel him in sports. Because of these thoughts, ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 362 words
    Most stories titles give readers some insight of what the story will be about. This important concept is seen in the novel, A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles. In general the setting is its own separate peace. There are also specific examples of when characters in the novel try to create their own separate peace. The winter carnival is a good example, which shows the students at the Devon School creating their own separate peace. After being severely maimed, Finny enters his own state of mind, where there is no war occurring. He tries to put this state of mind into the other students minds. Finny starts a winter carnival during which the boys at Devon feel a degree of freedom in this ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 800 words
    Can a person really trust their friends? It does not matter how well a person thinks they know their friend. Their friend could still turn on them at any given time. This essay will analyze the novel " A Separate Peace", by John Knowles. In this essay I will discuss the theme, plot structure and why friends can not always trust each other. The novel "A Separate Peace" is a story about the lives of teens and how friendship and truth affected their lives, and why friends can not always trust each other. After having read the novel " A Separate Peace," I am choosing irony as its plot structure. The reason why I chose this plot structure is because irony can relate to friends turning on each oth ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 1,887 words
    For my A Separate Peace essay I will be summarizing the book. In chapter 1 the narrator, Gene, returned to the Devon School in New Hampshire, where he was a student with his friend, Finny, 15 years prior, just as World War II began. The narrative went back 15 years, to Gene's days with Finny. On their first attempt to jump off a huge tree into the river, Finny, being the daredevil, went first and Gene was the only one who followed. Gene was normally a cautious type of person, but around Finny, he broke the rules more often. In chapter 2, Finny was an exception at Devon; he was a good student and athlete, but also a charming, likeable rule-breaker. The substitute headmaster, Mr. Patch-Withers ...
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  • A Separate Peace - Gene's Journey - 762 words
    Gene Forrester's difficult journey towards maturity and the adult world is a main focus of the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Gene's journey begins the moment he pushes Phineas from the tree and the process continues until he visits the tree fifteen years later. Throughout this time, Gene must become self-aware, face reality and the future, confront his problems, as well as forgive and accept the person that he is. With the jouncing of the limb, Gene realizes his problems and the true person he is inside. Fifteen years later, when revisiting the tree, he finally accepts and forgives himself. This journey is a long and painful one. At the end of this long and winding road filled wi ...
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  • A Separate Peace - Growing Up - 1,992 words
    World War II influenced the boys in A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, by making them grow and mature more quickly than they would have had there not been a war. The war made some boys stronger and readier for whatever life would bring, while in others it disabled them to the point that they could not handle the demands of life. The maturing influence of the war on Finny was a considerable one, even though it did not seem to the other boys that he was growing up at all. Gene's jealousy leads him to the point where he has to destroy Finny's greatest asset, his skill in sports, just so that he does not have to be the "popular guy's friend. Gene knocks Finny off the tree limb and he breaks his ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 723 words
    Throughout the course of the novel A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, there is one character that shows superior maturity and individuality over the other students at Devon School; that character is Finny. He is the best friend and roommate of the main character, Gene. Finny has characteristics that show his individuality and maturity. These characteristics are courage, modesty, forgiveness, appreciation, and peacefulness. The first occurrence resides in the first scene of the novel. Some of the boys at Devon are huddled around a tree overhanging the river. The older students jump off of this tree as training for war. Finny shows his individuality and fearlessness by jumping off the tree say ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 738 words
    Gene Forrester's difficult journey towards maturity is a main focus of the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Gene's journey begins the moment he first meets Finny until he visits the tree fifteen years later. Throughout this time, Gene must become self-aware, face reality and the future, confront his problems, as well as forgive and accept the person that he is. With the jouncing of the limb, Gene realizes the true person he is on the inside. Fifteen years later, when revisiting the tree, he finally accepts and forgives himself. This journey is a long and painful one. At the end of this long and winding road filled with ditches, difficulties and problems, Gene emerges a mature adult. ...
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  • Artificial Vs. Natural In A Separate Peace - 1,776 words
    Someone once said that being yourself, being who you are, is a successful rebellion. Gene Forrester, one of the main characters in John Knowles's novel, A Separate Peace should have taken this advice. Throughout the novel, Gene acted artificially, disguising his true self. He lived in fear of people finding out what he was really like. Phineas, Gene's best friend and the other main character in this novel, on the other hand, acted naturally around people. He was not afraid of people seeing who he really was. In John Knowles's novel, A Separate Peace, Gene acted artificially, while Phineas acted naturally. To begin with, Gene Forrester acted artificially. There are several instances throughou ...
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  • A Separate Peace: Character Sketch Of Leper Lepellier - 312 words
    Leper Lepellier: quite an interesting character indeed! One minute searching for beaver dams, the next moving on to something totally unrelated. He most definitely did not go along with the crowd! He didnt care that the rest of his class was off to clear snow from the railroad tracks - he had to find that beaver dam! He, in a way, was like Chet Douglas. He was fascinated by nature the way Chet was fascinated by history, math or whatever other subject he was studying. Leper marveled at slightest things any other person would have ignored. He didnt care about "fitting in" with his peers or he just didnt have time to care about fitting in with his peers. After all, there were beaver dams to fin ...
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  • A Separate Peace - Symbolism - 1,585 words
    In John Knowles A Separate Peace, symbols are used to develop and advance the themes of the novel. One theme is the lack of an awareness of the real world among the students who attend the Devon Academy. The war is a symbol of the "real world", from which the boys exclude themselves. It is as if the boys are in their own little world or bubble secluded from the outside world and everyone else. Along with their friends, Gene and Finny play games and joke about the war instead of taking it seriously and preparing for it. Finny organizes the Winter Carnival, invents the game of Blitz Ball, and encourages his friends to have a snowball fight. When Gene looks back on that day of the Winter Carniv ...
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  • A Separate Peace - Phineas And Carpe Diem - 437 words
    He was everywhere, he enjoyed himself hugely, he laughed out loud at passing sea gulls"(39). This line is describing Phineas, or Finny, and how he lives life to its fullest and seizes the day. Finny is an example of living the "carpe diem" (seize the day) philosophy from the movie "Dead Poets Society." There are a few examples in the first part of this novel of how Finny takes advantage of life. The first example is how he enjoys himself so much at the beach. Gene describes how Finny has such a great time at the beach as seen in the opening quote. He says he runs all over the place and jumps into waves, laughing at the seagulls, when most others would be lying on the beach being lazy. Anothe ...
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  • The Role Of Minor Characters In A Separate Peace - 906 words
    Without the minor characters the story "A Separate Peace" would be missing major points and it wouldnt run smoothly. The minor characters in the story play an important role in the way the story falls together and in causing Finny to die. The minor characters in this story set up kind of props for other things to happen in the story. For example Brinkers conflict with Gene. The first part of the conflict begins in the butt room where Brinker brings Gene after Finny has his fall. Brinker tries to tell everyone that Gene in fact did knock Finny off of the tree. Gene gets out by making up a crazy story but he is still mad at Brinker for this so he must get even. So later on in the story, at the ...
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  • A Separate Peace - Denial Of Truth - 1,030 words
    The novel A Separate Peace focuses mainly around a 17 year old named Gene Forrester and his psychological development. The story is set in a boys boarding school in USA during World War II. There are four main boys in the novel and they all undergo major character changes through the story. One of them goes crazy, and the others experience severe attitude changes. Gene is caught right in the center of these changes. He is very close with all of the other three boys, and thus all of the changes affect him very much. Due to all the tension occurring in this novel because of the war and events going on at the school, there is a lot of denial of truth happening. Three of the four boys mentioned ...
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  • A Separate Peace - Denial Of Truth - 1,022 words
    ... to even believe Gene, and calls him a damn fool. Even prior to this, when Gene sees Finny in the school infirmary, Finny tells Gene about how he thought that there might have been some foul play up in the tree when he fell, then immediately apologizes to Gene for having that feeling without even waiting for Gene to check the legitimacy of this feeling. Afterwards, on the first day of the actual school year, Finny calls Gene to talk to him. When Gene claims that he was crazy and over the falls, Finny doesnt refute this, and even goes as far as to apologize once again for thinking that Gene was perfectly serious. With his open, honest nature, Finny cannot truly accept that Gene, who he co ...
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  • A Separate Peace - 741 words
    ter> What point of view does each character show in regards to their attitude to the war? The war is a symbol of how things are not always what they seem. Recruiting posters and propaganda to join the army convinced many boys into thinking the war is an exciting adventure. The characters Gene, Finny, and Leper are used as opposing forces struggle between that cold reality of war and a separate peace(Brian, Gatten), A peace away from the real war and all the terrible things that come. The attitudes towards war of Finny, Gene and Leper reflect their approach to life. Finny does not face the reality in life nor the war, Leper (stands on the sidelines) is isolated from life and the war, while G ...
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  • A Separate Peace: Ignorance Of The Human Heart - 387 words
    Note: Please use this essay as an outline. Some examples are required to support these ideas. I. Thesis: Gene decides that the war arose from something ignorant within humanity itself, something ignorant within the human heart. II. The novels conflict arises out of Genes refusal to recognize his own feelings of jealousy and insecurity as the real enemy. Instead, his fears are projected onto his closest companion, Phineas, whom Gene suspects of possessing his own feelings of envy and self-loathing. Gene pushes Phineas out of a tree because of his insecurity. He suspected that Phineas was trying to sabotage him when in actuality, Phineas had only good intentions for his best friend. With Phine ...
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  • Rivalry In A Separate Peace - 1,537 words
    Every person feels rivalry or competition towards others at some point in their lives. This rivalry greatly affects our ability to understand others, and this eventually results in paranoia and hostility. It is a part of human nature, that people coldly drive ahead for their gain alone. Man's inhumanity towards man is a way for people to protect themselves from having pain inflicted on them by others, and achieving their goals and desires without the interference of others. This concept of man's inhumanity to man is developed in A Separate Peace as the primary conflict in the novel centres on the main character, Gene, and his inner-battles with feelings of jealousy, paranoia, and inability t ...
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  • Analysis Of Gene Forrester's Journey In "a Separate Peace" - 769 words
    Gene Forrester's difficult journey towards maturity and the adult world is a main focus of the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Gene's journey begins the moment he pushes Phineas from the tree and the process continues until he visits the tree fifteen years later. Throughout this time, Gene must become self-aware, face reality and the future, confront his problems, as well as forgive and accept the person that he is. With the jouncing of the limb, Gene realizes his problems and the true person he is inside. Fifteen years later, when revisiting the tree, he finally accepts and forgives himself. This journey is a long and painful one. At the end of this long and winding road filled wi ...
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