Essay PreviewMore ↓
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.
3. Chapter 1, page 5, #3: “Moving through the soaked, coarse grass I began to examine each one closely, and finally identified the tree I was looking for by means of certain small scars rising along its trunk, and by a limb extending over the river, and another thinner limb growing near it.
Analysis: This setting shows in detail a location which is directly tied to the author. He remembers the tree in such detail because this was the place were the main conflict in his life took place.
1. Chapter 3, page 5, #3: “A little fog hung over the river so that as I neared it I felt myself becoming isolated from everything except the river and the few trees beside it. The wind was blowing more steadily here, and I was beginning to feel cold.”
Analysis: This quote has the affect of creating a foreboding mood as if something dreadful is about to happen to gene and the landscape is warning him.
2. Chapter 2, page 18, #3: “It was hypnotism. I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything.”
Analysis: This quote is based on the theme of envy. It is clear that Gene feels that Phineas can get away with anything. The reader can tell that Gene hate him because of this.
3. Chapter 3, page 29, #1: ““Blitzkrieg”, repeated Finny doubtfully. “We could figure out some kind of blitzkrieg baseball,” I said. “We’ll call it blitzkrieg ball,” said Bobby. “Or just blitzball””
Analysis: This quote shows the theme of microcosm. The boys are so isolated from the rest of the world and the war, that they do not understand fully the horrors of war. So much so that they name a game after a German tank invasion were thousands of people died.
4. Chapter 5, page 53, #1: “I couldn’t figure out exactly what this word meant, whether It meant broken in one or several places, cleanly or badly, and I didn’t ask.
How to Cite this Page
"Annotation Assignment: A Separate Peace." 123HelpMe.com. 01 Apr 2020
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- People frequently betray others because of the evil in their hearts. In A Separate Peace, John Knowles uses the pureness of the rakish Finny to portray the savage or bad side of the vulpine Gene. He also uses it to prove that peace is exceedingly difficult to acquire until a person accepts the ignorance in their own heart. That means that acceptance is the key to finding peace. Thus, Gene finds his peace when Finny forgives him and when Gene learns to forgive himself as well. Gene assumes that Finny and he despise each other, until he becomes aware of how flawless Finny really is, which Gene loathes.... [tags: A Separate Peace, John Knowles]
740 words (2.1 pages)
- The Theme of A Separate Peace The persistent theme of A Separate Peace is the deterioration of a complex friendship. The bond between two boys (Finny and Gene) becomes tested and attacked, as the reader observes a seemingly utopian relationship fall into decadence. Gene becomes challenged with various inner hostilities, while Finny, his proclivity for athletics revoked, has been forced to find acceptability and provocation elsewhere. Furthermore, the book commences during mid-to-late 1942, during the height of the Axis powers' success.... [tags: Separate Peace Essays]
465 words (1.3 pages)
- Maturity in A Separate Peace In A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, the focus spotlight is quickly turned upon Gene Forrester and his maturity through the novel. He expresses his ideas about the many subjects through the book through his position as the novel's narrator. Also, as the book progresses, so does Gene's maturity. The first chapter of A Separate Peace establishes the character Gene Forrester, who in actuality is a portrayal of John Knowles himself, according to a recent interview.... [tags: A Separate Peace Essays]
804 words (2.3 pages)
- Self-Examination A Separate Peace opens as Gene Forrester returns to Devon School, a New England prep school, about fifteen years after he was in attendance there. World War II had just begun then and he remembers the Summer Suicide Society--an organization founded by his best friend, Finny, which devotes itself to initiating members by having them jump from the tree into the river. Gene and Finny always had to take the first jump from the tree. As time goes on, Gene begins to resent Finny because of his athletic talents and on one occasion, he jounces the limb so that Finny will fall.... [tags: Separate Peace Essays]
931 words (2.7 pages)
- A Separate Peace A Separate Peace is a novel by John Knowles that is about prep school experiences during World War II. This book was a good story about an adolescents attempt to understand the world and himself. I enjoyed reading about Gene's journey towards maturity and the adult world. This book takes place in Devon School, New Hampshire during a summer session when Gene Forrester was sixteen years old. One day Gene and Finny, his friend and roommate, went to a large tree by the river. Finny suggested that they try and jump from the tree into the river below them.... [tags: Separate Peace Essays]
2608 words (7.5 pages)
- A Seperate Peace The Idealist I would say that Finny(Phineas) was the biggest idealist in the story. His feelings and many things on many issues, made me think of him this way. The actions that Finny take in the novel make him seem as though he is the happiest person on the planet, like for instance when he says "There is no war", this showed that he wasn't really bothered by the war which during that time period I believe it meant happiness. Finny also never lost faith in his so called friend Gene even though I think he knew in the back of his mind that Gene was against him the whole time yet also admired him at the same point.... [tags: Separate Peace Essays]
534 words (1.5 pages)
- A Separate Peace - Friendship We have all experienced friendship in our lives; some of these bonds were lasting and others were not. A Separate Peace is a book that deals with the friendship of high school boys. These boys attend an all-boy’s school called Devon School. It is said that: "Devon is sometimes considered the most beautiful school in New England." "Devon was both scholarly and very athletic." Devon is where Gene Forrester, Phineas (Finny) and Elwin (Leper) Lepellier attend school. Author John Knowles sets the story during World War II. This time period makes the boys have to think about which branch of the military they want to enlist in.... [tags: A Separate Peace Essays]
1006 words (2.9 pages)
- 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 be harmed.... [tags: Separate Peace Essays]
661 words (1.9 pages)
- Gaining Insight in A Separate Peace A person often gains new insight as a result of a specific incident that he or she experiences. This point is clearly demonstrated in the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Gene learns the profound meaning of friendship when he pushes Phineas out of the tree. When he learns that Phineas has this unconditional love for him, he becomes very guilty for what he has done.... [tags: Separate Peace Essays]
416 words (1.2 pages)
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles A Separate Peace was written by John Knowles in 1959 when he was 33. it is ser in a New Hampshire prep school during WWII. A few teens at this school are greatly affected by the war. Many adults are asking them to join the armed forces. Gene, the main character, trains with his once athletic star friend, Finny, for the Olympics. Although against the war many people request that he join. His other friend, Leper, joins and receives a Section 8 discharge for being considered "mentally unstable." Even though against the war, many of the boys do join the troops just to avoid being drafted to the front lines.... [tags: Knowles Separate Peace]
788 words (2.3 pages)
Analysis: This quote creates a mood of fear and confusion inside Gene. It is apparent that gene is confused yet at the same time so afraid of the real answer that he does not want to ask.
5. Chapter 5, page 59, #4: “I reached Boston seventeen hours behind schedule; there would be prestige in that at Devon, where those of us from long distances with travel adventures to report or invent held the floor for several days after vacation.”
Analysis: This theme shows the theme of microcosm. The reader must realize this book is going on in the midst of the middle of the war. Yet these boys talk of going on vacation in their summer time. Which shows they are apart of their own “world”.
6. Chapter 8, page 98, #4: “”So,” Brinker curled his lip at me, “your little plot didn’t work so well after all.” “What’s he talking about?” said Finny as I thrust his crutches beneath his shoulders. “Just talking,” I said shortly. “What does Brinker ever talk about?”
Analysis: This quote creates an uneasy mood in Gene when he is put on the spot by Brinker. Gene knows what Brinker speaks of is partially true but he tries to suppress these thoughts and hide it from Finny.
7. Chapter 8, page 107, #5: “That kept the people who were young in the thirties in their places. But they couldn’t use that trick forever, so for us in the forties they’ve cooked up this war fake.”
Analysis: This quote shows the theme of microcosm. The boys are so isolated from the rest of the world that they are able to come up with such ludicrous ideas as a fake war. Where as, anywhere else they would be scolded for trying to deny the war.
8. Chapter 10, page 134, #5: “His face resumed its dull expression. The responsibility for continuing the conversation, since I had forced it to be superficial, was mine. “How log will you be here?””
Analysis: This quote shows the tense mood that is in the air as Gene creates an awkward situation with Lepper. It seems that Gene must go through great lengths just to continue the conversation.
9. Chapter 11, page 169, #2: ““you get the rest of the facts, Brinker!” he cried. “You get all your facts!” I had never seen Finny crying, “You collect every f---ing fact there is in the world!” He plunged out the doors”
Analysis: This quote shows the distressed mood Finny is in. He is so distressed that he starts crying and curses at Brinker. Gene also notes that this is the first time he has seen Finny crying.
10. Chapter 3, page 40, #1: ““…the proper person is your best pal.” He hesitated and then added, “Which is what you are,””
Analysis: This quote shows the theme of friendship. As the two boys lay on the beach, Finny has the courage to say such a powerful thing and admit that Gene is his friend.
1. Chapter 1, page 3, #2: “The marble must be unusually hard. That seemed very likely only too likely, although with all my thought about these stairs this exceptional hardness had not occurred to me.
Analysis: This quote hints at future events that may happen on the marble staircase. It is apparent by Gene’s observation of the hardness of the staircase. This would normally not be an important thing to observer.
2. Chapter 7, page 80, #5: “In our free democracy, even fighting for its life, the truth will out.”
Analysis: This quote shows that the truth will eventually be told either through Brinker’s further attempts, or Gene’s internal struggle.
3. Chapter 9, page 118, #2: “He lowered the paper, gazed in a visionary way in front of him, and then remarked, “That was Leper, of course.””
Analysis: In this quote, Brinker’s wording hints that Leper has changed since they last saw him. This is achieved when Brinker says “That was Leper,”
1. Chapter 1, page 6, #4: “The tree was tremendous, an irate, steely black steeple beside the river.
Analysis: In the novel the tree symbolizes a great barrier that Gene must pass. He is afraid of it yet is forced to climb with Phineas every day. Its ominous appearance symbolizes the terrible things that occur there.
2. Chapter 3, page 29, #2: ““Let’s make it have something to do with war,”…”We could figure out some kind of blitzkrieg baseball,” I said.”
Analysis: The game of Blitzball is the boy’s manifestation of the war. Because they are not affected by the war yet they know about it, they invent a game that symbolizes it and brings them as close as they can come to the realities of war.
3. Chapter 6, page 71, #3: “”Listen you maimed son of a bitch…” I hit him hard across the face. I didn’t know why for an instant; it was almost as though I were maimed.”
Analysis: In Gene’s mind, the word “maimed” is associated with the incident at the tree that causes Finny to become maimed. It creates bad thoughts and internal conflicts within Gene. This is why he becomes as angry as the word is mentioned.
4. Chapter 7, page 89, #3: “They seemed to be having a wonderful time, their uniforms looked new and good; they were clean and energetic; they were going places.”
Analysis: This image of the clean shaven soldiers symbolizes what the boys believe they will become if they enlist in the war. It shows there false reality and their ignorance.
5. Chapter 10, page 136, #4: “They give you a Section Eight discharge, like a dishonorable discharge only worse. You can’t get a job after that.”
Analysis: The section eight discharge symbolizes the death of Lepper’s social life. He knows that in the future he will have no hope for a job a family or a wife. He must constantly stay hidden or face the discharge from the army that will taint his reputation forever.
1. Chapter 6, page 77, #1: “…and a soaring sense of freedom revealed that this must have been my purpose from the first; to become a part of Phineas”
Analysis: This quote shows the main element in the novel. Throughout the novel Gene is extremely jealous and tries to be like Finny. His jealousy drives him to do extraordinary things such as attempting to take the role of Finny. He systematically does this indirectly throughout the novel without truly realizing what he is doing.