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    A Separate Peace by John Knowles “I found it. I found a single sustaining thought. The thought was, You and Phineas are even already. You are even in enmity. You are both coldly driving ahead for yourselves alone. . . . I felt better. Yes, I sensed it like the sweat of relief when nausea passes away; I felt better. We were even after all, even in enmity. The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all.” This quote is in chapter 4. Gene is slowly starting to understand that he is jealous of Finny

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    A Separate Peace "Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I      jounced the   limb."  This is a quotation from the novel A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles.  My   focus in the following will be on Man's Inhumanity to Man.  There is a strong relation of   this to the novel for which I read. My first point which I will talk about is about Finny's tragic fall and how Gene was      the cause of it.  My support from the story is Finny's desire to

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    The main character in my book, A Separate Peace, is Gene Forrester. At the beginning of the book, Gene is an innocent boy, going along with everything his roommate, the outgoing and energetic Phineas, says. “What was I doing up here anyway? Why did I let Finny talk me into doing stupid things like this?” (17) During this scene in the book, Gene is questioning his decision to jump out of a very tall tree, which he was convinced to climb by Phineas. As the story continues, Gene starts to believe that

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    one of his novels, “Innocence ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, you know. Innocent little kids rip the wings off flies, because they don’t know any better. That’s innocence.” In the case of Phineas, one of the main characters in John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, Hill is correct. The innocence and youthfulness which Phineas

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    Friendship and Hatred in A Seperate Peace The line between friendship and hatred can sometimes be very unclear.  Where exactly does one cross over this line?  Could it possibly be when one discovers envy within himself for his friend, or is it when he begins to wish he is somewhere other then where he is?  In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the friendship line between Finny and Gene is extremely unclear.  What would cause ones best friend to jounce a tree limb in hopes the other would

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    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

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    The quote, “Ignorance is bliss,” by Thomas Gray is a seemingly adequate description of the lives of Gene, Finny, and Leper until they are all roughly jolted out of their fantasy world and brought back to reality. In A Separate Peace, John Knowles does an acceptable job of showing how disillusionment can greatly impact and, thus, change the lives of people. The book showcases the cycle of disillusionment and the ramifications it implies. Throughout the book, we see Gene, Leper, and Finny’s views

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    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

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    A Separate Peace:  Self-Knowledge and Inner-Peace The theme suggested in the closing paragraph of the novel A Separate Peace is that people create their own enemy and then they defend themselves laboriously and obsessively against their imaginary enemy. They develop a particular frame of mind to allay the fear that arises while facing their nonexistent enemy. In the novel, the protagonist, Gene, tries to fight a war with his best friend, Finny, not realizing that the enemy he sees is not Finny but

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    John Knowles' "A Separate Peace" Gene, returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire, where he was a student with his friend Phineas 15 years ago, just as World War II began. The book goes back 15 years, to Gene's days with Phineas. On their first chance to jump off a huge tree into the river, Phineas, being the daredevil, goes first and Gene is the only one who follows. Gene is normally a conservative, conformist type person, but around Phineas, he consents to break the rules more often.

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