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rainee | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2009 at 9:05 AM via web

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What is the climax of the novel?

There's a couple of things that I thought were the climax, but there can only be one:

1)Finny falling from the tree

2)Finny falling down the marble stairs

3)Finny dies

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

Posted March 18, 2009 at 7:11 AM (Answer #1)

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The climax of A Separate Peace is when Gene makes the split decision to jounce the branch of the tree, causing Finny to fall.  This is the turning point because Gene's inner conflict (evident in the rising action events of the novel) leads to this momentous event.  You could also argue that this novel, like many plays, has a dramatic climax (an event near the end a work--such as Romeo and Juliet committing suicide at the end of the play).  A Separate Peace's dramatic climax is Finny's death.

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