Can one live in the illusion they create for themselves in an attempt to escape the realities of their life choices? In the book, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the main character inadvertently injures his best friend and does not confess to it. Gene is the main character and narrator. He narrates the story through a flashback while visiting the school he went to with his best friend. Gene is a very intelligent young man, however he has the tendency to over evaluate situations.
According to their school books, “every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous” (181). Remarque’s anti-war polemic rests on a few key themes: the juxtaposition of the idea that war is glorious and the horror it is in reality, the problems encountered by a soldier trying to assimilate back into the life of a civilian, and the unclear purpose of the war. The novel All Quiet on the Western Front presents war in disturbing reality, so that future generations may truly grasp the “horror of war” that Remarque experienced.
All Quiet on the Western Front Mental abuse is sometimes overlooked, because of the rough physical abuse, but soldiers see a good side of both during wars. Maria Remarque shows the mental part of abuse on the book All Quiet on the Western Front. The narrator discusses all the hard times that went on during World War I, all through the book. Paul Baumer, the narrator, explains it when he and his friends enter the German army, very deeply although he is only eighteen. Baumer tells a story about fighting for their own sanity as well as their country.
A Separate Peace A Separate Peace is a novel about two boy's lives and how they evolve during the course of WWII. The story was written by John Knowles, who also left home to attend a school at the age of 15. The story involves many instances in which the barriers between friendship and rivalry are cited. One of the main characters of the story, Phineas, often demonstrates that it is important to be yourself and try to make the best out of a situation whenever confronted by one. Phineas is athletic, friendly, and competitive.
Remarque claims in the preface statement that the book will try to tell of the generation of young men who fought for Germany in World War One and how they may have possibly been affected. His account is one that provides an honest perspective of the war many would have never known before. As one can see how soldiers are destroyed on so many levels they might be able to truly respect what they go through to defend their countries and may have a new outlook on the German forces from so long ago.
Gene has a “usual feeling of routine self-pity when working out” (Knowles 120). Phineas, however, is always ready for the next athletic challenge. He has trophies and ribbons and even broke a school record. Fin... ... middle of paper ... ... hard enough as it is, these two boys compete constantly with each other throughout the novel, although one is unaware he is competing. Like people still in today’s time, Gene and Phineas are going through life-changing experiences.
Overall, Napoleon was a great war leader for the French. He got his power through books and military school. He was always learning and studying so he can be the best of the best. He wanted to win and be leader and that’s what he got because of his knowledge. Making that one mistake with the Continental System really ended his ruling but other than that he helped out France and a country a ton.
As stated before, Phineas was considered the best athlete in school, but Gene tried to compensate by being the best student in school. Gene's continuous competition with Phineas weakened his personality, hence causing Gene's rebellion on Phineas. Gene begins to think that his purpose is "to become part of Phineas" (p.
The Barrier of Friendship In A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, two boys named Gene and Finny attend a New England boarding school, the Devon School, where they learn to overcome challenging obstacles and make life-changing decisions as they come of age. The boys live in a microcosm of World War II, with loyalty and deception being major elements of Devon. Gene is an introverted, hard working intellectual and his friend, Phineas, is an outgoing, daring athlete. When jealousy and competition start to come into play, tensions begin to rise. Through Gene and Finny’s perspectives on jealousy and the competition between them, John Knowles illustrates their rivalry as the barrier dividing the boys and their friendship.
This quote suggested that Arthur Wellington, the victorious British general at the Battle of Waterloo, had acquired skills and values while playing sports at Eton that prepared him to defeat Napoleon.” As a former student athlete and current coach, I agree with what Sage says as the things that I learned as a student athlete have impacted my personality and work ethic in life. Of the many characteristics a student can pick up, the most valuable ones are discipline, work ethic, confidence and moral behavior. Students need discipli... ... middle of paper ... ... taught. A coach can sometimes be a kid’s biggest motivator, someone who is there to push them and guide them through adversity. Overall a coach is a special figure who can connect with a student in a way his parents or teachers sometimes can’t.