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A Separate Peace

- A Separate Peace Obstacles after obstacles came in the path to success. In the novel A Separate Peace, John Knowles revealed a very strong idea through one of his characters. Through Gene it was revealed that weak individual who once was weak morally and mentally can become a strong and a more matured person. John Knowles revealed this idea through Gene’s perspective; symbolism; and also Gene’s speech/action. Gene had proved many things through only his perspective. He had intriguing thoughts, which gave many idea’s about Gene post personality and his surroundings....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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A Separate Peace

- Sitting in my third grade classroom we chattered anxiously, waiting for the spelling quizzes to be passed back. My teacher placed them all facing down on our desks, a rather pointless effort when she was already aware that at any moment the room would burst into havoc with yells of "what did you get?", shouting numbers back and forth, and of course superior comments from the students proud of their marks. I quickly flipped mine over and grinned at the 8/10 scrawled in red marker near the top of the page....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace

- “…It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart.” The background of “A separate Peace” is the Second World War and the focus of book is a group of sixteen-year-old boys who are moving towards a war. The extract comes from the end of the book where Due to what Gene had done to Finny, he has been made to look at himself and now sees the war differently from the other boys. Gene has been forced to face his own “ignorant heart,” and he now feels that he understands that people can be evil and hurt those who love them....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace

- Through out the book A Separate Peace, Gene, his growth and harmony seem to change. His opinions, and outlook on life also seem to change as his relationship with Phineas does likewise. Gene’s self-perception changes from insecurity to imitation to independence as his relationship with Phineas changes. As the book begins, Gene is unsettled by Phineas and somewhat mystified by him. Like a legend from a western tale. As the book moves on and Finny starts to change Gene’s life, Gene appears to become very insecure and afraid of what will happen next....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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A Separate Peace

- The Mind Murders the Body “Adolescent friendships are of the most complex companionships due to the suppressed feelings of contempt one child may feel toward another.” The deterioration of the complex friendship of Gene and Phineas is brought about in John Knowles’ A Separate Peace by the combination of their envy and denial. Finny and Gene begin their summer of 1942 with the illusion of a great companionship. Gene’s paranoia and envy disrupt the relationship between him and Finny. As their friendship disintegrates, Finny and Gene deny that the problems in their alliance even exist, which in turn leads to a tragic catastrophe....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace

- Difference Too Often Leads to Hate Many times in the world, differences have lead to hate. Think of Martin Luther King, for example, who stood for fighting against one of the largest differences. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, is one of many examples of differences leading to hate. Gene and Finny, who somehow managed to become friends, have completely different views of each other. Finny wanted to be friends with Gene, but had trouble facing the reality that Gene felt differently. Gene became jealous over Finny’s difference to himself....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace

- Gene Forrester's difficult journey toward maturity and the adult world is one of the main focuses in the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Gene’s journey into maturity begins the moment he jounces the limb of the tree. The process continues until he visits the tree, fifteen years later. Gene looks at things in the past. Gene must start to become self-aware, face reality and the future, confront his problems, as well as forgive and accept himself. He must become aware of and understand the person he is, and face the problems in his life....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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The Fall of Innocence in A Separate Peace

- “Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb. Finny, his balance gone, swung his head around to look at me for an instant with extreme interest, and then he tumbled sideways, broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud, It was the first clumsy physical action I had ever seen him make. With unthinking sureness I moved out on the limb and jumped into the river, every trace of my fear forgotten.” (Knowles 59-60)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- Gene Forrester, the narrator of the story, visited his previous school where he studied 15 years ago during the World War II. He wandered around the Devon school in New Hampshire and noticed that everything there seems to be coated with varnish and is well preserved. As he walks through the places in the school, he remembered the memories from his childhood, and he was reminded of how fearful they were. Then there, he decided to visit the places which he most closely associates with fear. The first one is the marble staircase which shows little sign of wear over the years....   [tags: character analysis]

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Changing Perspectives in A Separate Peace

- A Separate Peace Essay Although we have our own point of view on everything, they sometimes can change. This was no different to Gene and Finny, the main characters in 'A Separate Peace'. Their view on the war changed as time progressed. They went from playful to oblivious, then finally to acknowledgment. In the beginning of the novel, Gene and Finny jump from the tree into the river. Before Finny jumps he shouts, “Here’s my contribution to the war effort.” By this statement he means that by jumping out of the tree, they are training for the war....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- A Separate Peace by John Knowles In John Knowles novel, A Separate Peace, Gene is plagued by jealousy for his best friend, Finny. As this novel continues, Gene ends up hurting his friend because of his jealousy. After Gene blindly intentionally hurts his only friend, he has a guilty conscience and has to overcome it by being good friends with Finny. However, Gene still feels guilty for Finny, has lost his best friend, and he knows his life will never be the same. Gene still feels guilty for Finny....   [tags: Papers]

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A Separate Peace - Thematic Analysis

- An analysis of John Knowles A Separate Peace brings up the theme of man's inhumanity to his fellow man. What makes this novel unique is that in protesting war, Knowles never overtly referred to the blood and gore of war; he showed the consequences of war, some paralleling the nature of war and some simply laying out how World War II affected noncombatants thousand miles away. There have been many books written about war, what happens, why it happens, and why wars should stop. Knowles explains through the life of Finny why war never will cease, with only one death in the entire book; a quiet one at that....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- A Separate Peace by John Knowles At the Devon school, in A Separate Peace, Finny and Gene seem to be opposites in every way; Phineas is a leader and Gene is a follower, Gene is mainly introverted and Phineas is outgoing and buoyant and Phineas is an athlete and Gene is a scholar. But as the pages turn, Finny and Gene begin to develop a bond, caused by Gene's envious rage and the tree incident. Gene does not know how he could do such a thing to such a close friend, his best pal, who was so innocent and noble of heart and who's thoughts were so pure....   [tags: Papers]

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John Knowle's A Separate Peace

- A Separate Peace: Social Sterotypes Thesis: The five main characters in John Knowles' A Separate Peace represent social stereotypes, according to some people. In his book A Separate Peace, John Knowles represents jocks with Phineas, a character who believes that sports are the key to life. Phineas is more of a sportsman than a jock. Real jocks only care about winning, Phineas makes sure it's not possible for anyone to win or lose. Chet Douglas is an exaggerated prep, just like Phineas is an exaggerated jock....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Relationships in "A Separate Peace"

- The book "A Separate Peace" contained many different and unusual, yet original relationships between the many characters in the book. There are many exciting and emotional relationships that occur in "A Separate Peace" which help the boys grow into responsible men, such as the relationships between Gene and Finny and Leper and Gene. Gene had a friendly relationship with almost everyone at school. Everyone tried to be friends with everyone else, but usually that relationship was not real or one-sided....   [tags: American Literature]

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Friendship in A Separate Peace

- Friendship in A Separate Peace A Separate Peace is a story about two youths, Gene and Phineas, growing up at a beautiful boys’ boarding school in New England. Set at the background of the World War II, the friendship between them grows as the peace in Devon School diminishes. Gene and Phineas are like two poles of a magnet, opposite yet bound together. Gene is academic, Finny is athletic; Gene is hard worker, Finny is not; Finny is the extroverted leader and Gene is his follower....   [tags: Papers]

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John Knowles' A Separate Peace

- Death of Obligation In the story of A Separate Peace, the struggle and problems of a character are represented through the lives of two students at Devon School. Gene who is the dynamic character in the story is held back from achieving his goals and living the life he wants to live by Finny. Gene in a sense, devoted to Finny and can easily be convinced to do anything Finny presents to him. Gene’s thoughts become blurred and he begins to believe anything that Finny says no matter how ridiculous it might seem....   [tags: essays research papers]

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John Knowle's A Separate Peace

- Character: FINNY Throughout the novel A Separate Peace there were two dominant characters. Perhaps the most useful in the reading of the novel was the character of Phineas, also known as Finny who supplies the qualities of a charismatic, athletic, and strong leader. Finny is the best friend of the novel's main character, Gene. By reading into the text and integrating the aspects of symbol and theme the reader is given a clear picture of the novel through the character of Finny. Phineas is the best friend of Gene ....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Separate Peace - Symbolism

- In John Knowle’s 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....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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John Knowle's A Separate Peace

- Genes Growing Discontent with Finny Gene comes to the Devon School 15 years after he attended it and tells us the story when he was sixteen. In chapters 1-3 of John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, the characters Gene and Finny appear to be the best of friends. However, the names that Gene calls Finny, Gene’s resentment at feeling forced to engage in activities of Finny’s devising, and Genes responses when he thinks Finny is getting in trouble reveal his growing discontent. The names that Gene calls Finny reveal his growing discontent with their relationship....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Rivalry In A Separate Peace

- 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...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Savagery of Man: A Comparison of Lord of the Flies and a Separate Peace

- There is evidence in both Lord of the Flies and A Separate Peace that display the savagery of man. In Lord of the Flies there is savagery found when the choir boys and most of the bigguns separate from Ralph’s authority and form their own tribe. In A Separate Peace, savagery is found in unnamed characters during Leper’s war experience - he feels such a need to escape from evil and savagery in the war that he takes the risk and actually does. In both of these novels, the archetype and motif of savagery is present in young boys, ultimately resulting in the downfall and degenerating of man....   [tags: savgery, barabrism, brutality]

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Destruction Caused by Fear in Lord of the Flies and a Separate Peace

- Have you ever been so afraid for your life that you would do anything to save it. Or been so scared of something you felt like you became a different person afterwards because of the experience. Well, the characters of Lord of the Flies and A Separate Peace all have encountered these experiences and their lives have changed forever because of the destruction caused by fear. Lord of the Flies is set during the time of World War 2 and is about a group of 7-12 year old boys who are hopelessly stranded on an uncharted island after a devastating plane crash leaving them completely without adult supervision....   [tags: innocence, nature, fear]

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Coming of Age in A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- A Separate Peace “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed” -Friedrich Nietzsche. A Separate Peace by John Knowles is a coming of age and tragedy novel. In this book, John Knowles shows us the lives of teenage boys during World War II. They boys may seem alright with their cheerful attitudes, but the raging war is still on their minds. They are wondering what it would be like to become a war hero, how everyone would respect them or if the war isn’t as great as it seems....   [tags: war, illusion, tragedy]

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles: A Coming of Age Story

- Coming of age is a stage where a young person transitions from being a child and becomes an adult by facing a part of adulthood that destroys child-like beliefs while developing new beliefs. In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene starts off as an innocent boy unsure of his feelings towards his friend Finny but as the book progresses Gene soon comes to realize he’s living under Finny’s shadow with a least amount of sense of knowing who he is as a person. This leads him to spite his best friend, Phineas....   [tags: friendship, envy, hatred]

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Analysis of Leper In A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- "Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity. Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities. Outlawed by all governments everywhere. Possession is normally punishable by death." John Gilmore's perception of truth portrays a view extremely relative to the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Knowles creates a theme of veracity in animus within the novel and supports it through the unique character traits of Leper. First and foremost, Knowles characterizes Leper as a vulnerable outsider through his actions, words, and character as a whole....   [tags: Character Analysis, Genuinity]

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Gene's Jealousy in A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the protagonist Gene Forrester constantly battles within himself to find the true emotion towards his friend Phineas and to find out who he really is. Gene and Phineas formed an illusion of companionship, but there was always a silent rivalry between them in Gene’s mind. In the beginning, Gene thought his feeling towards Phineas was completely normal and it will go away in time. However, as the time went on and Gene matured he found out that his feeling was much more than little jealousy but it has turned into hate....   [tags: Literary Criticism, Literary Analysis]

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A Separate Peace: Responsibility

- A Separate Peace: Responsibility A responsibility is something for which one is held accountable. Often people say that one is responsible for one’s own words and actions; if something happens as a result of something one does one is responsible for it. But is it possible that something could be the result of various actions from different people who are therefore equally responsible, or is there always one person who is most responsible for the incident at hand. Such a situation where this question is relevant is present in the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye

- Comparing A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the Rye The coming of age novels, The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, and A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, both interpret the lives of adolescent boys journeying through their conflicts and inner confusion to reach the level of maturity. Salinger and Knowles both discern the literal ways a typical teenager grows up with the help of literary elements such as plot, setting, character development, conflicts, irony, symobolism, theme, and point of view....   [tags: J.D. Salinger John Knowles Adolescent Boys Essays]

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Comparing A Turn with the Sun and A Separate Peace

- Essay Comparing A Turn with the Sun and A Separate Peace        Although many similarities exist between A Turn with the Sun and A Separate Peace, both written by John Knowles, the works are more dissimilar than alike.  A Separate Peace is a novel about the struggle of a senior class in the face of World War II, and it focuses on two best friends, Gene Forrester and Phineas.  A Turn with the Sun is about a young man who struggles to fit in as a freshman in the closed microcosm of a senior dominated school who struggles, vainly, to make a name for himself....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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World War II and a Separate Peace

- I chose an article titled “World War 2” taken from the Colombian Electronic Encyclopedia. It is a detailed account of World War 2. It explains how the war began, as well as major events throughout it and how it affected the United States. I found that this article related to our book in many ways. The story takes place during the time period in which World War 2 occurred and the characters entire lives revolve around it. The author begins by introducing the cause of World War 2 and the events that took place before it reached the United States....   [tags: Allied forces vs the Axis countries]

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Symbols in A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

- The theme “rite of passage” was used in the novel A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. This moving from innocence to adulthood was contained within three sets of interconnected symbols: summer and winter, the Devon and Naguamsett Rivers, and peace and war. These symbols served as a backdrop upon which the novel was developed. The loss if Gene Forrester’s innocence was examined through these motifs. The summer and winter sessions symbolized Gene’s loss of innocence. During the summer sessions, the boys of Devon were carefree and showed no respect for the rules, while the teachers put no effort into enforcing the rules....   [tags: essays research papers]

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friendship in a separate peace by John Knowles

- friendship in a separate peace by John Knowles Finding out who someone really is can be a very difficult thing to do. Knowing who some one is inside and out takes time and dedication. I learned that there are a few key factors when getting to know who some one really is. Character determination of a friend can be based on three things, honesty, trust, conflicts, and how they are resolved . The book a separate peace by John Knowles deals with all of these issues in the case of friendship. You can use these three factors to see how good of a friend a person can be, and determine there true character....   [tags: essays papers]

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Comparing Heart of Darkness and A Separate Peace

- Heart of Darkness and A Separate Peace There are many similarities between the books The Heart of Darkness and A Separate Peace. Most are between the two main characters' friends and how they deal with their situations and problems. The similarities between the two characters are their leadership skills, their expertise, and how their friends affect them. Mr. Kurtz and Finny both have incredible leadership skills. Finny is able to persuade Gene to do practically anything he wants him to do which in the end is his downfall since he convinces Gene to climb the tree with him and do a double jump....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Artificial Vs. Natural In A Separate Peace

- 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....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Separate Peace Essay: Analysis of Marxism

- A Separate Peace: Analysis of Marxism A Separate Peace is an impeccable paradigm of critical mythology interpreted by philosophers such as Marx, Engels and Hegel. The philosophy of Marxism serves as a basis for socialism and communism and is explicitly demonstrated by means of power, the understanding of human nature, and alienation. Finny demonstrates authority and control over a lonely, alienated friend Gene, however, unitedly they discover friendship through the individuality possessed by one another....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Personal Experiences Reflected in John Knowle´s A Separate Peace

- Influences of John Knowles What is an author’s muse. A muse can be influences from historical events, life events, or ideals. A Separate Peace written by John Knowles is a book written from his experiences and current events. He took these experiences and transferred them to his novel. Today many people appreciate his novel and its influences. John Knowles’ boarding school at Exeter, his life and experiences during World War II, and the characters’ guilt influenced his great work, A Separate Peace....   [tags: World War II, Teenager, High school]

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The Unofficial Autobiography: The Relationship of the Life of John Knowles and “A Separate Peace”

- Throughout time, famous authors have written even more famous books based on their own experiences. Nearly any book can be traced to an event in the author’s life. Whether they do it intentionally or not, these book are basically unofficial autobiographies. While they should not be taken as fact, a reader can come to understand the life of the author, and better understand their work. One famous author, C.S. Lewis, created a beautiful allegory in “The Chronicles of Narnia.” C.S. Lewis was a Christian and Aslan, the main character in the books, was a savior to the world....   [tags: literature, famous authors]

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding and A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- ... Gene seems to think that there is no harm in envying someone a little, and it is obvious that he is unaware of the potential risk for doing so. Savagery within man is dormant, but it is triggered by other things. Certain things and different situations trigger someone’s dark side. In Lord of the Flies, Jack becomes obsessed with hunting pigs. Jack’s obsession triggers something within him that strives for power and control. “He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up”(Golding, Page 51)....   [tags: man's savagery]

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Analysis of John Knowle's A Separate Peace, and William Golding's The Lord of the Flies

- Civilization versus savagery, order versus chaos, reason versus impulse, law versus anarchy, or simply good versus evil infinitely describe the dreadful encounters of humanity. Every battle, every political struggle, every account of internal strife embodies these conflicts. World War II demonstrates the key clash of good versus evil within society, being the most deadly, destructive and consequential war in history. After beginning in 1939, the war raged for six more years. The war’s estimated fatalities reach as high as 70 million, opening everyone’s eyes....   [tags: Compare&Contrast, Human Nature]

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William Golding's Lord of the Flies and John Knowles' A Separate Peace

- ... “He is fair and well built, might grow into a boxer but never into a devil, for he is sunny and decent, sensible, considerate.” (Golding) Both identities can now be distinctly seen as opposites that repel one another. On the contrary, Gene and Finny also parallel each other’s egos and motivations. “His combined good looks, fine sense of balance and tremendous energy create the sense of an academic.” (Slethaug 259-270) Finny, who is a multi-sport athlete, has an almighty body and is seen throughout encouraging himself/others to be creative....   [tags: duality of good verus evil]

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Factors Contributing to the Ups and Downs of Friendship in Knowles’ A Separate Peace

- ... His abhorrence invokes him to silently accuse Finny of things he does not do. Out of hatred, Gene starts to believe that Finny is invidious of his academic success, and strives to distract him from his studies. When Finny jokingly says he was extremely envious of Gene one day, Gene bursts and unknowingly concludes that “all of [Finny’s] assertions of friendship were fake and [he] was only jealous of my success” (Knowles 34). Finny’s meaningless comment sparks Gene’s anger, invoking him to accuse Finny of befriending him only to bring him down....   [tags: envy, guilt, accident]

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The Scarlett Ibis by James Hurst and A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- Some people in society are judgmental toward people who belong to a minority. This unwanted prejudice and unfair treatment is, for many affected people, impossible to fully escape. In The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst and A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene and Doodle are able to detach themselves from society’s cruel interpretation of unique individuals. Doodle, crippled from birth, retreats to Old Woman Swamp. The secluded swamp is the only place he and his brother can forget the rest of society and view each other as equals, but ends up leading to Doodle’s death....   [tags: mocking prejudice]

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Learning Ones True Self Based on A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- In the novella, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the narrator, Gene, expresses the hardships of leaving innocence of adolescence and merging into reality. During this journey, Gene’s lack of self-assurance leads him to jealousy towards his best friend, Phineas, also known as Finny. Through the eyes of Gene, Finny is portrayed as athletic, outgoing, and unpredictable; otherwise, everything Gene is not. Upon his return to Devon, Gene is reminded of the accident that occurred on the tree. Overwhelmed with jealousy and resentment, Gene jolts the limb of the tree, causing his best friend’s fall and development of uncertainty....   [tags: irony, metaphors, seach of self]

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Finding Peace in A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- Finding Peace Peace only comes at the price of great struggle and sacrifice for most people. In essence, it only comes when you have defeated the enemy, or the enemy has defeated you. John Knowles was able to capture the subtle goal and essence of his novel by titling it A Separate Peace. A Separate Peace is a story about Gene Forrester, the protagonist of the story, and his constant struggle with the underlying emotional conflicts presented to him. He has to fight a war within his own mind that every man has to fight for himself....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Annotation Assignment: A Separate Peace

- Setting: 1. Chapter 1, page 1, #2: “I didn’t entirely like this glossy new surface” Analysis: This quote shows that the setting was at one point different to the author. It was not glossy and new. 2. Chapter 1, page 4, #2: “Devon is sometimes considered the most beautiful school in New England, and even on this dismal afternoon its power was asserted.” Analysis: This quote showing setting can be closely related to the character Finny. Much like the school, Finny is beautiful even in the midst of some of his hateful classmates....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Love and Sports in A Separate Peace and Goodbye, Columbus

- Love and Sports in A Separate Peace and Goodbye, Columbus       There is a substantial difference in the way Goodbye, Columbus and A Separate Peace, both published in 1959, address the theme of sex; what there is galore in Philip Roth's novel, is conspicuously absent in the work of John Knowles. Apparently, sexuality was still a taboo at the time, and both books treat it as such: e.g., the discovery that their daughter is no longer a virgo intacta topples the world of the older Patimkins in Goodbye, Columbus (at least the father's sentiment seems to be genuine; whether "Mother Patimkin's" shock and subsequent outburst of indignation are equally unfeigned can be argued)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Evolution of Character in John Knowles' A Separate Peace

- The Evolution of Character in John Knowles' A Separate Peace One of the most revered and utterly enigmatic topics present within humanity is the evolution of humankind itself. Collectively contrasting both the origins of man physically and the very beginning of complex thought processes has been an incredible task, which is currently undetermined. The exact methods of the mind and of human character are both delicate and completely beyond true understanding. The only ways we as a race retain the ability to even attempt to comprehend such processes is through experimentation and elaboration via written text and visual arts....   [tags: essays papers]

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Maintaining A Complacent Outlook in A Separate Peace by John Knowles

- Maintaining A Complacent Outlook in A Separate Peace by John Knowles During times of struggle, many people turn to different mentalities in order to deal with the problems they face. In the case of Separate Peace, by John Knowles, this mindset is one of living in peace and harmony. The main characters, Phineas and Gene, encounter strains on their close relationship by Phineas displaying this outlook. During the novel, World War II is raging and at the peaceful Devon School for boys there is a gloom knowing that many of the students and their friends could be drafted for the war at any time....   [tags: Papers]

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Effects of the War on the Students of Devon in A Separate Peace

- Effects of the War on the Students of Devon "Looking back now across fifteen years, I could see with great clarity the fear I had lived in, which must mean that in the interval I had succeeded in a very important undertaking: I must have made my escape from it" ( Knowles 5). In this novel A Separate Peace, using these words, John Knowles reveals the fear that haunts the students at Devon and when they proceeded with all their training for the war they mature into adults. A Separate Peace shares the lives of students at Devon that are forced into an unknown world of fear, problems, and uncertainty as they head off to World War II in training to fight and represent their country...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comapring Adolescence in A Separate Peace and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

- Adolescence in A Separate Peace and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland         Through life, we travel down a yellow brick road, oftentimes meeting friends and foe, whilst dreaming of making our way back home. However, unlike Dorothy, or her friends traveling through Oz, our struggles on this journey as pilgrims to our fate cannot usually be solved by clicking our heels together, saying "There's no place like home." Instead, we must find our lost souls and confirm them into a new being, one with a defined name and role....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Separate Peace: Finny - How Things Change

- A Separate Peace: Finny - How Things Change In the novel "A Separate Peace," by John Knowles, a boy named Gene visits his high school 15 years after graduating in order to find an inner peace. While attending the private boys school during the second World War, Gene's best friend Phineas died and Gene knows he was partially responsible. Phineas, or Finny as he was sometimes called, was the most popular boy in school. He was a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. Gene, on the other hand, was a lonely, self-sufficient intellectual....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Becoming A Man A Separate Peace And The Jumping Tree

- Sometimes I think that the trouble with men is that we aren't women. One almost never sees women fight. No, that's a guy thing, a manly thing that also raises disturbing questions about what it means to be a man these days. Becoming a man comes with realizing your responsibilities in life. Becoming a man comes when you take control of your responsibilities in life for yourself and for others. If you live at home, and accept money, food, or anything else from your parents - you have no earthly idea what it takes or means to become a man....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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A Separate Peace - The Role Of Minor Characters

- Without the minor characters the story "A Separate Peace" would be missing major points and it wouldn’t 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 Brinker’s 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....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Breakdown of Civilization

- Civilization versus savagery, order versus chaos, reason versus impulse, law versus anarchy, or simply good versus evil infinitely describe the dreadful encounters of humanity. Every battle, every political struggle, every account of internal strife embodies these conflicts. World War II demonstrates the key clash of good versus evil within society, being the most deadly, destructive and consequential war in history. After beginning in 1939, the war raged for six more years. The war’s estimated fatalities reach as high as 70 million, opening everyone’s eyes....   [tags: A Separate Peace, The Lord of the Flies]

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A Separate Peace - Phineas And Carpe Diem

- "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 it’s 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....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Friendship in John Knowles' A Separate Peace

- Although a friendship often implies many similarities, Gene and Finny also appear very different in many aspects of life. Their friendship gives the impression that at some times it was unstable, but overall it was bound to be everlasting. This companionship is a primary example of any real-life friendship of the common person. It is possible to portray many differences within a friendship, but still hold on to whatever is the quintessence of the cohesion between the parties involved. The similarities in a friendship are the elements that keep them alive and well....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A War Ridden Childhood: Analysis Comparing Lord of the Flies by William Golding and a Separate Peace by John Knowles

- Beyond one’s personal world, there is a bigger world open to everyone. Because of how open the world is, humans are exposed to events outside of their own surroundings so much that one is bound to become influenced by these events and even begin to revolve their own thinking around the main outside influence. Lord of the Flies is about a group of young English schoolboys who all get plane wrecked on an uninhabited island and have to survive on their own until rescued. Within Lord of the Flies by William Golding, several hints of war and symbols of war are dropped periodically throughout the time that the Ralph and the boys are stuck on the island....   [tags: war, symbol, world, evil]

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Comparing Maturity in Separate Peace and All Quiet on the Western Front

- Maturity in A Separate Peace and All Quiet on the Western Front       The evolution of a child to adult is a long and complex process. There is another transitional step that goes in the middle of these two periods. In warlike terms, such as those used in the settings of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and John Knowles's A Separate Peace, that step could be classified as being a soldier. W.N. Hodgson acknowledges this progression as well, in the poem "Before Action." The speaker begs first for God to "make [him] a soldier" (line 8) and then once he is a soldier he asks God to "make [him] a man" (16)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Case for the Court of Conscience or Justice?

- “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.’’(Mahatma Gandhi) Having an inner voice is what allows people to decide what is morally right or wrong, not following it can make someone feel guilty. When facing righteousness, an individual must realize what he has done can only truly be judged by his moral sense. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a novella by Robert Stevenson, and in A Separate Peace, a novel by John Knowles, one character from each novel acts unjustly and does not listen to their conscience....   [tags: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Separate Peace]

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Gene Forrester

- “A Separate Peace” begins with the main character, Gene Forrester, returning to the Devon School for boys in search of two places from his youth that he has an emotional connection to. The first place is the marble steps of the First Academy Building, and the second is the tree by the river which he finds “smaller, shrunken by age” (Knowles, 14). He comes here so that he can resolve what happened there seventeen years ago and move on with his life; to find peace within himself. Once Gene has visited the tree, we find him standing before the tree once again, but now in his youth....   [tags: Literary Analysis, A Separate Peace]

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Catcher in the Rye, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Separate Peace, Great Expectations, and Romeo

- The Search for Identity in Catcher in the Rye, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Separate Peace, Great Expectations, and Romeo and Juliet Adolescence is a time when everything we've ever known is being changed. Relationships, friends, thoughts, and other things that shape who we are become more awkward and confusing and are changed from what they have been in the past. Consequently, we will change also because all these things shape who we are. During a period of such change, it's hard to know who we really are....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Seperate Peace

- Devon is a safe haven away from the rest of the world. A war is going on, but at Devon the boys are playing around a river and creating new games like blitzball and not worrying about the problems boys only a few years older than them are facing. Devon is at peace, separate from the fighting and loss many people in the world are facing while Finny, Gene, and other boys are forming a special club just for their group of friends. At Devon the boys know about the war and even have people coming to get them to enlist, but still the war does not hit home....   [tags: essays research papers]

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a separte peace

- Literary Analysis for A Separate Peace Having a best friend means not to have jealousy of them, and to not wish to hurt them in any way. From reading this literature book, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, it proves that statement. The story is about two close friends whose bond becomes ruined by jealousy. Gene felt extremely jealous of Finny. In the beginning of the story, the author tried to describe the inferior feelings of Gene. In the dorm rooms, Gene tried on Finny’s clothes as a symbol of wanting to live Finny’s life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Seperate Peace

- The book, A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, can be related to adolescence in several ways. The attendants of this school face many new experiences during the course of their stay, many of which occur in their last year. This is where the book picks up. The book takes place at the Devon School, in the summer session of 1942. Throughout this book, the children are constantly fighting and fearing adulthood and their future. The pressure to be successful and layout a plan for the future is always upon students in school....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Seperate Peace

- “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles Separate Peace What really happened in the tree. Gene and Finny were very good friends; however, whatever happened in the tree the day the Finny "fell" out, is the actual cause of Gene “…My knees bent and I jounced the limb…” page 52. In fact, Finny did not fall out of the tree, but Gene had actually pushed him out. Gene had very good reasons to push him out “Finny had put him up to it, to finish me fro good on the exam.” Page 49. He pushed him out of jealousy for two things....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Seperate Peace, by John Knowles

- A Separate Peace was written by active author John Knowles from his real experiences and personal struggles. Knowles attended Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive New Hampshire prep school, for two summer sessions in 1943 and 1944. This book vaguely outlines his experiences at Exeter with himself as the main character but under the name of Gene Forrester. Knowles' novel tells the somber story of a young man's struggle to escape from himself and his world; to achieve a special and separate peace....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Character Traits In A Seperate Peace

- In the book A Separate Peace by John Knowles, one of the main themes is the effects of realism, idealism, and isolationism on Brinker, Phineas, and Gene. Though not everyone can be described using one of these approaches to life, the approaches completely conform to these characters to create one realist, one idealist, and one isolationist; thereby providing the foundation of the novel. The realist is Brinker. Brinker's realism takes on a very morbid quality after Gene decides not to enlist with him, do to Phineas's return to Devon....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gene in A Seperate Peace

- At a young age everyone creates an enemy. Peace comes when this enemy leaves or has been destroyed. Everyone must fight, negotiate, and/or struggle with their enemy to be left with nothing but peace. Gene Forrester was the main character in the book A Separate Peace by John Knowles, which took place in the time of World War II. He made his enemy leave, through the death of his best friend Finny. As a result of fighting the wrong battle, Gene apologized to his friend Finny and found peace. After the highly athletic person Finny “Falls” from the tree, Gene begins to wonder who his friends are, and why his friends are his friends....   [tags: John Knowles]

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Maturity in "A Seperate Peace"

- The book A Separate Peace by John Knowles is about a group of students at Devon, a boarding school in New England, going through a school year together. As the book continues, the boys seem to mature more or less throughout the book, sometimes getting mentally older, or sometimes getting mentally younger, varying between the characters. Phineas says to Gene, “Let’s go jump in the river.” To me, this seems childish. Jumping out of a tree into a river seems fun, but is something just about only a young child would do....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A separate piece

- A. Title and Author - A Separate Peace by John Knowles B. Story Setting - The story starts off at the Devon school, which is a prep school in New England at 1958. But the rest of the story takes place through a flashback of his days when he was a student at Devon during 1943. C. Main Characters - Gene Forrester - Gene is the narrator of the novel and appears at two different time periods: as a middle-aged man re-visiting Devon fifteen years after being a student there, and, for the majority of the novel, as a sixteen and seventeen-year-old student during World War II....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Seperate Peace Essay

- A Separate Peace Essay In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the protagonist, Gene Forrester “battled” within himself to find “a separate peace” and in this process directed his emotions at Phineas, his roommate. Forrester and Phineas formed the illusion of a great companionship, but there was a “silent rivalry” between them in Forrester’s mind. Self deceptions in Forrester led him to believe that Phineas was “out to get him” (Forrester). Subconsciously Forrester jounced the limb of the tree and forced Phineas to fall and break his leg....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A seperate Peace: Leper

- Leper In the book “A Separate Peace” there are many characters which are talked about and play a role in the story. The main characters Gene and Finny, short for Phineas, are what drive the whole story and are the center of the many themes and meanings derived from this book. Elwin Lepellier also known as Leper-Lepellier is not as visible as Gene and Finny, but plays a role that is essential to the story. Leper was one of those people who keep to themselves all the time and aren’t looking to be recognized....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Seperate Peace Summary

- A Separate Peace Gene Forrester is a quiet, intellectual student at Devon School in New Hampshire. During the Summer Session of 1942, he becomes close friends with his daredevil roommate Finny, who has a talent for getting away with mischief through his sincere, disarming charisma. Finny prods Gene into making a dangerous jump out of a tree into a river, and the two start a secret society based on this ritual. Gene envies Finny's astonishing athletic abilities, and he begins to suspect that Finny envies his superior academic achievements and has been taking steps to distract him from his studies....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gene and Finny in A Separate Piece

- In the novel A Separate Peace, the author John Knowles creates a unique relationship between the two main characters Gene Forrester and Phineas, also known as Finny. The boys have a love hate relationship, which becomes the base of the problems throughout the book. The setting of this novel, a preparatory school in New Hampshire known as Devon, creates a peaceful environment where World War will not corrupt the boys. The boys might be protected from the war, but they are not protected from each other....   [tags: John Knowles]

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Perception of Others in A Separate Peave by John Knowles

- “Only Phineas never was afraid, only Phineas never hated anyone. Other people experienced this fearful shock somewhere, this sighting of the enemy, and so began an obsessive labor of defense, began to parry the menace they saw facing them by developing a particular frame of mind.”(Knowles 204) John Knowles, the author of A Separate Peace states this quote to explore how some people develop defense mechanisms in order to protect themselves from any harm they may endure. Gene, the novel’s protagonist feels as though his best friend Phineas is somehow out to get him....   [tags: Friendship, Teenagers, Boys]

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Lord of the Flies, by William Golding and A Seperate Peace, by John Knowles

- Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us, is nothing compared to what lies within in.” At first glance, this quotation is positive and inspiring. But inside of every man is the ability to create terror and suffering. When this darker side emerges, individuals are irreparably altered. Two great works of literature show this point: William Golding’s Lord of the Flies disturbingly illustrates the deterioration of a group of marooned British schoolboys from civilized to savage, and John Knowles’ A Separate Peace is the haunting story of a teenager’s inability to confess the truth to his best friend as they grapple with World War II....   [tags: Evil in Humanity]

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The Paris Peace Treaties

- The Paris Peace Treaties The Paris Peace Treaties (1919-1920) IB History To the subject and passive onlooker, those meticulous organizers of the Paris Peace Treaties allowed for an unfortunate amount of flaws to enter their task of creating a treaty that could satisfy all of the nations of not only Europe but of the world as well equally. Yet one must attempt to put that passiveness behind and admit that those of the time of post World War I had truly no idea what was to come of their decisions....   [tags: History]

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Peace and Understanding

- What do we crave most in our lives. Some crave insurmountable happiness. Others crave wealth beyond one’s wildest imagination. And some simply crave comfortable living. Yet, among those select groups lie a commonality that can be quite difficult to attain: Peace. Peace yields the power to disregard past experiences in exchange for profound enlightenment. Peace dissuades stresses and confusions in pursuit of a clear, resolute focus. Peace delivers unto the mind, heart and soul a flow of unique inertia and insight....   [tags: four noble truths, Nirvana]

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Biography of John Knowles

- John Knowles was born on 1962 in Fairmont, West Virginia and passed away on November 29, 2001. He was 15 years old when he became a student at Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school. After he graduated from there is 1945, he decided to join the war effort as part of the U.S. Army Air Force’s Aviation Cadet Program. John went to Europe and worked as a journalist until the mid 1950’s and then returned to the U.S in 1957. After returning, he took a job with the associate editor at Holiday magazine, Thornton Wilder....   [tags: American Novelist, A Separate Piece, Analysis]

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