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5 Main Events in A Separate Peace? All i can think of is fiiny falling out of the tree,...

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gbichai | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 19, 2011 at 4:01 AM via web

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5 Main Events in A Separate Peace?

All i can think of is fiiny falling out of the tree, then down the stairs, and Gene visiting the school in the beginning of the book?


Are there anymore?


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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM (Answer #1)

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I could suggest several more important events in A Separate Peace. Consider the invention of blitzball, which provided Finny with a tailor-made outlet for his physical abilities and allowed all the boys to be actively involved in an activity which couldn't be won (parallel to involvement in a war?) but in which one could refuse to accept the ball (in contrast to the war, where orders are given and must be followed). Consider Leper's decision to drop out of school and enlist, and then his decision to go AWOL (absent without leave) and his mental breakdown after he had experienced actually being involved in the war. Consider the "trial" when Brinker is prepared to prove that Gene purposefully caused the branch to bounce so that Finny fell out of the tree.

A Separate Peace is very carefully written. Almost every event of the book is wrapped in layers of significance and meaning - your challenge is to choose what you consider to be only five as the most important events.

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