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A Separate Peace

In the summer of 1942, the beginning of the novel’s flashback, the United States is fighting World War II, but the war has affected the boys at Devon very little and only indirectly. A substitute...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Knowles creates Finny as a separate and distinct personality in the novel, unlike Gene, Brinker, and Leper in several very significant ways. It's not accidental that of the four boys, only Finny is...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2009 12:14 pm UTC

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In Chapter Seven of A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Brinker goes to see Gene. After admiring his room, Brinker jokes with Gene, suggesting that maybe Gene "fixed it" on purpose, meaning he got...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015 7:24 pm UTC

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He is realizing that his sense of self is untenable. What he thinks he is is in total contrast to what he has done. If he is shaken in his perception of himself, then he cannot trust his own...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2011 3:37 am UTC

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One critic writes of A Separate Peace: A major premise of this novel is the necessity for the reconciliation of the two aspects of the mythic American male--half conservative intellectual, half...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2014 11:19 am UTC

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That's a great question. There is one point at which the author very smoothly alludes to Gene's hometown scenario. I believe this occurs in the beginning when the two roommates are looking at a...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2010 7:56 am UTC

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For the older students, school became a preparation for combat. Their physical regimen was intensified, and the focus was lifted from academics. Gene describes the changes: The class above,...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 1:03 am UTC

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I am guessing that what you want in response to this question is a treatment of other themes in this novel. You have already correctly identified one theme of friendship, which is an extremely good...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010 9:14 pm UTC

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It is in chapter 4 that Gene realizes just how competitive he truly is with Finny. After one of their escapades, Gene fails the first test he has ever failed. He re-commits himself to his studies,...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 8:10 pm UTC

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In "A Separate Peace," Edwin "Leper" lepellier is a Walter Mitty type. For, he functions in his own little world and is not interested in everyday activities. Leper pursues butterflies and...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2009 3:36 pm UTC

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Mr. Ludsbury is th epitome of a strict authoritative pedagogue. He represents following rules, staying on task, and always doing what one is supposed to do. He is authority, responsibility, and the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012 3:45 am UTC

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A Separate Peace focuses on the relationship between Finny and Gene and the question of each of the boys individual identity. The boys deal with insecurity, competition, friendship, jealousy,...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2009 9:13 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3, Gene subtly portrays many of his true feelings toward Finny. The chapter picks up right after Finny "saves" Gene's life. But Gene is not all that grateful because he realizes that...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2009 9:54 am UTC

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Gene believes when he first arrives at school and observes Finny's popularity and charisma that he must compete with Finny. This misidentification of his "enemy" or competition causes Gene to act...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2009 4:06 am UTC

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