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A Separate Peace

Through the course of the novel, the boys gain insights into their own personalities but they do not become, and cannot be, friends because honesty is missing from their relationship. Both Gene and...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020, 2:10 am (UTC)

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We can read this quote as relating primarily to Gene's relationship to Finny in A Separate Peace. This relationship is central to the story of the novel and is also at the root of the novel's...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012, 2:26 am (UTC)

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One possible thesis statement could suggest that A Separate Peace is a story about many different wars - the war Gene fights within himself, the war the boys fight against the world in and outside...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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Finny seems to believe the winter loves him, because he loves the winter and believes that when you love something, it must return your affection. Gene's experience of seventeen years find faults...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 9:44 am (UTC)

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Similarities: Gene and Finny are both well-liked and popular at Devon. The other boys seem to gravitate towards Finny, and Gene becomes one of the school's most popular, successful members...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017, 9:17 am (UTC)

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In A Separate Peace, Gene chooses to be an assistant crew manager for several reasons. 1. Gene is feeling sorry for himself and looks for a role that demonstrates his feeling. This is his senior...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2010, 11:18 am (UTC)

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The two rivers in the book are described in symbolic ways. The Devon School sits between two rivers, the Devon and the the Naguamsett. The Devon is described as a place of fun, and it is the river...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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I think one good example of irony in the book is the name "Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session." It is an ironic name because because Finny ends up dying as a result of the club's actions....

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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The marble staircase is located in the First Academy Building on the campus of the Devon School. Gene describes it as having a red brick exterior, swinging doors, and a marble foyer preceding the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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During a conversation between Gene and Brinker, Brinker mentions that his father's generation is responsible for causing the war that his generation is forced to fight. Gene mentions that he has...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2017, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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The Butt Room episode in A Separate Peace exposes the conflicting feelings Gene is carrying regarding his actions at the jumping tree. As Gene fights to maintain his innocence, he is also forced to...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011, 3:58 am (UTC)

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Beginning in chapter 6, Knowles writes, "Peace had deserted Devon," as the Winter Session begins with five of the younger teachers missing because they had left for war (35). The boys also notice...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2017, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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I'm assuming you've read the novel, so my references to events will be just that--short, quick references. The frame (beginning and end) - Gene comes back to Devon school and re-examines the events...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2010, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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In addition to establishing the "momentary, illusory, special and separate peace" for the boys with the Winter Carnival, Phineas, for the first time since his accident, becomes active again and...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2009, 11:03 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 8, Finny tells Gene that the "war stuff" is a myth. He states that American is not truly "in a state of war with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan." He claims, "there isn't any war." So,...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010, 9:09 am (UTC)

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Throughout the novel, Knowles examines self-esteem issues, jealousy, and the duality of human nature. Although Gene is fascinated and drawn towards Finny, his lack of self-esteem leads to feelings...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2017, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Knowles alludes to Ernest Hemingway with the term a 'separate peace' . Hemingway, in several places, wrote of characters trying to escape from the larger society and build their own worlds, places...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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Gene does not cry at Phineas's funeral because he feels it is his own, and you don't, he says, cry at your own funeral. He experiences it as his own funeral because Finny felt like a part of...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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The tree is the central symbol in the novel. It represents the enormous fear in which Gene lived at school, from the summer of 1942 until the spring of 1943. When he was a student at Devon, the...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2009, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 3 of A Separate Peace, Gene narrates that Finny's life is regulated by "inspiration and anarchy." Despite this anarchy, Finny does value a set of rules—his own. Gene notes that Finny...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2017, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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Gene is competitive. We see his competitive drive early on in the novel as he strives to outdo Finny in any way he can. This proves difficult in most areas as Finny is a lively, funny, charming and...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Phineas breakes the 100 Yard Free Style record for the Devon school which had previously been set by A. Hopkins Parker in 1940 at fifty-three seconds (42). Finny shaves off .7 of a second when he...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012, 1:58 am (UTC)

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This quote from A Separate Peace is from Chapter 7, when Brinker says he’s going to enlist in the war, and Gene becomes excited. He’s been thinking about enlisting but only in the dark recesses of...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019, 4:22 pm (UTC)

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A key to a good thesis statement is that it makes an argument. Once the thesis is stated, then the paper's responsibility is to prove with evidence from the text that the thesis is true. I usually...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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This quote appears in chapter 1, right before Gene begins telling the events that occurred at the school. Prior to the quote, Gene is wandering over the grounds at Devon school. He mentally makes...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2018, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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This comes as Gene's final reflection on his relationship with Finny and his time at Devon. His stream-of-consciousness shows his internal censorship, and his attempt to come to terms with his...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2010, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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The last line of A Separate Peace is as follows: All of them, all except Phineas, constructed at infinite cost to themselves these Maginot Lines against this enemy they thought they saw across the...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 11:35 am (UTC)

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I think that the significance of the summer session is best viewed symbolically in contrast to the winter session. The summer session is a much slower pace of things for the boys on the Devon...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019, 11:54 pm (UTC)

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At the end of chapter 3, Finny tells Gene that he is his best friend after a fun, exhilarating day at the beach. Instead of responding to Finny's comment, Gene thinks to himself, I should have...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2017, 10:43 am (UTC)

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Three factors that explain the change of mood between the summer and fall sessions are as follows: First, Gene describes himself and his Devon summer school friends as in a liminal space of "shaky...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Gene finds comfort in putting on Finny's clothes because for a little while he can be someone other than himself. Because of Gene's guilt and self-loathing, just being himself is painful. Finny is...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2009, 8:49 am (UTC)

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When Quackenbush accuses him of being maimed, Gene reacts by hitting him hard across the face. At first Gene doesn't know why he is reacting like this, and he thinks, "it was almost as though (he,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009, 1:05 am (UTC)

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Sports are a point of contention in Gene and Finny's relationship. Gene continually describes Finny's incredible physical prowess, in addition to naming various trophies Finny has won for his...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2010, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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Whether or not Finny actually believes what he says is up for individual reader debate; however, what Finny says out loud is that there isn't any war. He says that it is being faked. He stood up,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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Finny has an interesting assortment of prizes to be given out at the Winter Carnival. These include "Finny's icebox, hidden all these months in the dormitory basement, a Webster's Collegiate...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010, 11:39 am (UTC)

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In this quote, Gene is pondering the events that occurred during those crucial years at Devon school, and pairing it with his more mature knowledge of war and people that he has gained throughout...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2011, 9:39 am (UTC)

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The doctor's remark about "facing things" is significant because, in the story, it has to do with so much more than just the fact that Finny will no longer be able to play sports. Not only will...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2009, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Knowles uses the literary device of antithesis, or the placing together of opposites, in the opening lines of chapter 3: Yes, he had practically saved my life. He had also practically lost it for...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2021, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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Gene is indirectly responsible for Finny's tragic death and acknowledges his role at the end of the story. Although Finny is a completely innocent, selfless individual, Gene is extremely insecure...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 11:57 am (UTC)

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Chapter 3 of A Separate Peace is a clear foreshadowing of the rift (and worse) which is to come between Gene and Finny. The two of them have sneaked off the beach for the day, and it turns into a...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Leper is different from most of the other boys because Leper could best be described as a naturalist and/or idealist. He is a peaceful and quiet kid that enjoys spending time in nature and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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Mood references the feelings, the emotions, that a text evokes in readers. We use adjectives such as cheerful, chaotic, and pessimistic to describe the feel of the passage. Weather often affects...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019, 2:11 am (UTC)

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Finny is a charismatic, spontaneous individual, who is willing to completely disregard rules, regulations, and directives from authority figures in order to have fun. Finny is an independent...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018, 9:30 am (UTC)

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The passage you're referring to reads as follows: So the war swept over like a wave at the seashore, gathering power and size as it bore on us, overwhelming in its rush, seemingly inescapable, and...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 1:02 am (UTC)

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In chapter eight, the romanticizing Gene writes: So the war swept over like a wave at the seashore, gathering power and size as it bore on us, overwhelming in its rush, seemingly inescapable . ....

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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This quote can apply to Finny because it corresponds to his dramatic decline after severely breaking his leg toward the beginning of the novel. Before Gene purposely knocks Finny off the tree...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 10:21 am (UTC)

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Finny's invented game of blitzball involves a ball carrier, who has to dodge everyone attempting to knock him down as he runs toward the river or tower. Gene mentions that the odds were...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2017, 11:00 am (UTC)

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Finny's second accident occurs as he rushes out of the Assembly Room where Brinker has organized a mock trial for the purpose of investigating Finny's first accident. Distraught over the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2008, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Leper is lured into enlisting in the army after seeing a misleading recruitment film, not realizing that he is totally unsuited for military service until it is too late. He is traumatized by the...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2010, 6:58 am (UTC)

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Finny returns to Devon and quickly demonstrates that his personality hasn't been impacted at all by his injury. He is energetic, irreverant, and full of conversation about everything that interests...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012, 1:42 am (UTC)

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