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Develop at least two thesis statements for A Separate Peace that deal with friendship...

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cinthia123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2010 at 12:01 AM via web

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Develop at least two thesis statements for A Separate Peace that deal with friendship and either rivalry or virtue.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 1, 2010 at 1:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Here are some suggestions:

John Knowles' A Separate Peace argues that humans learn more about themselves through their relationships/friendships than they do about others.

In John Knowles' A Separate Peace, characters' friendships with one another reveal each character's virtue or true self.

A Separate Peace discusses the universal truth that humans cannot remain at peace in their relationships with others until they find inner peace for themselves.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 1, 2010 at 2:27 AM (Answer #2)

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Here are a couple more to consider:

John Knowles' classic A Separate Peace explores how rivlary affects a friendship through character actions, dialogue and narration.

This sets you up for a body paragraph about character actions (Headmasters' Tea, Blitzball, the Winter Carnival), a BP that illustrates rivalry through conversation (in 10-11 Brinker talking about Leper and beginning to dominate Finny), and a really easy one narration(Gene tells his best secrets in 1-2 and 12).

A Separate Peace demonstrates humanity's struggle with maintaining relational peace through rivalry and character virtue.

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imjon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2013 at 5:22 AM (Answer #4)

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Here are some suggestions:

John Knowles' A Separate Peace argues that humans learn more about themselves through their relationships/friendships than they do about others.

In John Knowles' A Separate Peace, characters' friendships with one another reveal each character's virtue or true self.

A Separate Peace discusses the universal truth that humans cannot remain at peace in their relationships with others until they find inner peace for themselves.

Can you provide me some qoutes and commentary to maybe get me going and started? Thanks!

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