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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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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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One definition of Irony is when the unexpected happens; but not only that, it's also when someone does their best to avoid a situation and gets involved anyway. Another definition might be when...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 1:07 am UTC

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Brinker is unwilling to accept the mystery (or the unknown) that surrounds Finny's fall from the tree. Though Finny has already said that he must have simply slipped, Brinker does not believe that...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2013 8:47 pm 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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In this chapter, Gene shows a keen awareness of Phineas's ability to charm authority figures and get away with anything by the force of his charisma. But this same admiration of his friend is...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 12:00 pm 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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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 the novel A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, Gene and Finny experience many life altering experiences, not only because of the rivalry between the two boys, but also because World War II is on...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015 11:58 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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In chapter eleven, Brinker Hadley leads Gene from the vestibule into a small, soundproof room where he proceeds to criticize Gene for not enlisting. Brinker insists that Gene has been putting off...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 9:00 pm UTC

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On the face of it, Finny invents the carnival as a way of livening up an otherwise dull winter. On a deeper level, he also wants the other boys to escape the harsh realities of war for a brief...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 10:45 am UTC

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In Chapter 9 of John Knowles's A Separate Peace, the reality of World War II and what it means to the boys' "inner circle" begins to weigh more heavily on the young men. While many of Gene's...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 3:38 am UTC

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An allusion is a literary device that makes a brief and generally indirect reference to a person, place, or significant historical event. An allusion shouldn't describe its reference in detail...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 2:32 pm UTC

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Phineas is an extrovert, a charmer, and an entertainer, but he is also respectful to authority figures. In chapter 2, it is summer semester and Gene and Finny had missed dinner because they had to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016 4:24 am UTC

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Before his leg breaks in chapter 4, Phineas talks as if he knows everything there is to know about the war. He does this because he is excited to enlist. After recovering from a broken leg at home...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Gene initially does not want to join in the trial, which is similar to how he behaves when he first sees the snowball fight. However, Finny and the other boys...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2017 9:00 am UTC

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In Chapter 7 of A Separate Peace, there are several snowfalls in the Devon School area that cause the railroad tracks to be covered. Gene describes this snowfall as the war's "advance guard"...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2012 10:57 am 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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Several themes can be drawn out of the novel, but the most evident one would read something like "Sometimes one's greatest enemy is oneself." This is obviously the case with Gene, an...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

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Gene Forrester's envy of Phineas is, of course, born of insecurity, and his observations of Finny are redolent with this insecurity. For instance, in Chapter 2 when Finny wears a pullover...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 6:20 am UTC

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Gene is uncertain, at the time, why he jumps from the tree. He asks himself why he lets Finny talk him into these things—they're dangerous, and he doesn't enjoy them. Finny says he has to "shame"...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 5:14 pm UTC

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In this passage, beyond metaphor, simile, and alliteration, Knowles uses interior monologue and first-person point of view to reveal how Gene perceives the world. In this passage, the older Gene...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2018 1:36 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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Fear is a central theme of A Separate Peace that appears throughout the book. A Separate Peace is considered a Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, and this story is largely conveyed by Gene's...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 1:58 am UTC

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Elwin "Leper "Lepellier is the first boy in Gene and Finny's class to enlist in the war in A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Leper has always been rather odd, and the circumstances of his...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013 7:41 am UTC

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In Chapter Nine of A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the dismal world that the boys seem to inhabit under the umbrella of war is evident both in phrases and in tone as the boys wonder who will go...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2010 6:43 am UTC

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In Chapter 3 of "A Separate Peace" there is a World According to Phineas that the narrator, Gene, recalls. Phineas and he are in summer school at Devon, and Finny loves rules, not the rules of the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2009 3:35 am UTC

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One example of innocence Finny shows is his belief that everyone likes him and is a friend to him. At the beginning of the novel, he befriends Gene as easily as he breathes, and he genuinely likes...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 9:36 pm 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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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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At the opening of the story, Finny is Gene's leader and inspiration. Finny is bold, daring, and capable of getting away with almost anything because of his deep and constant honesty. Finny...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 9:24 pm UTC

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Finny is a fun-loving, charismatic boy, who is a free spirit and refuses to conform to Devon's standards or follow their strict rules. Finny becomes notorious for missing dinners, dismissing the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 5:20 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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In the summer of 1942, Gene, Finny, and the boys attending the summer session at Devon enjoy their carefree lives in the midst of World War II, which does not seem to directly affect them at the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018 12:50 pm UTC

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Gene Forrester, the main character in A Separate Peace, does eventually enlist in the war, but he never leaves the country or sees battle. The story focuses on the summer before his senior year,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 7:48 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Gene Forrester returns to the Devon School fifteen years after graduating. It is a dreary, rainy day and Gene feels compelled to visit a particular forbidding tree...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 5:30 pm UTC

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Peer pressure is a driving force in much of the action throughout A Separate Peace. Many of the episodes in the book are shaped by the reactions of the boys to challenges by one of the others....

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 3:58 pm UTC

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Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Finny has always flatly refused to accept that there's a war on. Deep down, he knows that there is a war, but he doesn't what to admit it to himself...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 7:00 am UTC

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Leper enlists in the US Army after watching a recruitment film that glorified the nature of service in the Army. While Leper is the least likely student to enlist, the film convinces him that army...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2013 8:32 pm UTC

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From the onset of the novel A Separate Peace, Knowles characterizes Finny as a charasmatic young man that the other boys admire and follow. Even Gene finds himself enthralled: "What was I doing...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 3:13 am UTC

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The trial scene is made dramatic first by the setting. Brinker whisks Gene and Finny out of their dorm room at 10:05 p.m. and takes them, mysteriously, to the darkened Assembly room in the First...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 5:15 pm UTC

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Gene has an explanation for this in Chapter 2. He says, Bombs were completely unreal to us here, not because we couldn't imagine it - a thousand newspaper photographs and newsreels had given us a...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 2:38 am UTC

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A Separate Peace is written as a flashback - the first chapter starts with Gene returning to Devon fifteen years after graduation, remembering incidents that had occurred while he was a student....

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 10:45 am UTC

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Gene returns to Devon in the fall fifteen years after he graduated. Autumn usually signifies age, or the process of aging, which also connects to the time since he's been at the school. As people...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 2:41 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009 7:11 am UTC

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While most of the Devon boys would think that the purpose of skiing is to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of speed on a downhill run, Leper says, "Skiing isn't supposed to be fast. Skis are for...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2010 2:55 pm UTC

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Throughout the novel A Separate Peace, Knowles applies a pessimistic, confessional tone to his novel. As Gene narrates the story of his childhood relationship with Finny and Finny's subsequent...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017 10:26 am UTC

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It is, indeed, ironic that Finny tells Gene in Chapter 11, "I know you better than anybody," because he truly believes that Gene is his loyal friend. Despite what others suspect and know, Finny...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2016 7:05 pm UTC

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The mood of a story is the feeling that a piece of literature evokes in the reader. Throughout the novel A Separate Peace, Knowles tells a story about a man named Gene reminiscing about his past...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 3:30 pm UTC

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