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A Separate Peace

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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Gene and Finny's friendship is defined by codependency, with each relying on the other to bring happiness to his life. At first, Gene and Finny seem to be normal teenagers. But Gene soon reveals...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010 6:34 pm UTC

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Dialogue is one of the most effective tools of characterization. Through a character's words, we can learn much about his/her impressions of self, as well as how others respond. For example, in...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2009 6:01 am UTC

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Much like the residents who return to the war-torn homes as they try to salvage what they can, Gene Forrester of A Separate Peace returns as a man to Devon School, a man from the "forest" to...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2011 4:32 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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Chapter three of A Separate Peace opens with Gene's revelation that yes, Finny had practically saved his life, but he had also practically cost him his life. In other words, Gene wouldn't have...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 8:34 am UTC

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Finny has just forthrightly and courageously declared that he considers Gene to be his "best pal". Gene knows that at that point he should tell Finny that he is his best friend too, but...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2009 1:35 am UTC

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In John Knowles’ novel A Separate Peace, Gene’s best friend Phineas, or Finny, is the embodiment to which many boys and young men aspire. Knowles’ story is about the relationship between these two...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2017 2:46 am UTC

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After Brinker had set up the mock trial and had everything in place in the First Academy Building, he and three other students came to Gene and Finny's room to get them. Brinker declared, "We're...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2009 6:45 am UTC

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Gene Forrester, the protagonist and narrator of A Separate Peace, goes to two places in the novel to visit friends. Gene's first visit happens when he is on his way back to school for the...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2012 5:20 pm UTC

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The backdrop for A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, is World War II, but it is also a hovering presence in the lives of every character. The teachers at Devon school this year are only old men...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2013 3:51 am UTC

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Describing his return to Devon School, Gene Forester mentions that the school looks like a museum because it appears to have been covered with varnish in order to preserve it. Yet, like other such...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2013 6:39 pm UTC

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I do not know all that much about private boys' schools in that time and place, but I am wondering whether the school followed a British system that had boys starting much younger than ninth grade....

Latest answer posted September 2, 2009 12:34 am UTC

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The investigation happens at the end of Chapter 11 of A Separate Peace. The goal of the “investigation” (which is more of a mock trial) is to figure out what happened when Phineas fell out of the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 9:06 pm UTC

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The First Academy Building is the building that host the Assembly Room. In Chapter 12, we readers watch a great interrogation offered by Brinker, to Finny and Gene in order to get to the bottom of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 1:01 am UTC

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The Suicide Society was a club of Finny's invention, and was subject completely and totally to his spontaneous whims. It met every night, and initiation was jumping from the tree. The boys met,...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2010 10:36 am UTC

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Finny makes up the game of blitzball spontaneously, adding adaptations as he goes. He peppers his instructions to the other players with phrases like "naturally", and "of course". To him, the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2009 9:17 am UTC

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In the opening scene of A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene, the protagonist and narrator, visits the infamous tree from his high school fifteen years after the death of his friend Phineas....

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016 5:59 pm UTC

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I haven't seen the movie and I think a true visual usually helps you get a good grasp of attitude. Finny sat quiet in chapter 11 during the interrogation or trial. I think he was pensive......

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010 10:59 am UTC

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The plot ends with Leper going crazy and Phineas dying; that is tragic because two aspiring young men who could have conquered the world didn't. Usually in tragedies, those in highly respected...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 1:35 am UTC

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In literary terms, an epiphany is a moment in a character's life when there is a sudden enlightenment, or realization and insight. In Chapter Five of John Knowles A Separate Piece, Gene experiences...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2015 8:57 pm UTC

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Gene happened to enlist in the war near the end, so he never went over-seas and he never saw any fighting. He was in a group that was moved between different places here in the United States to...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012 2:09 am UTC

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The "Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session" has a light-hearted name and is a "success" from the start, but from its inception Gene knows the seriousness of what it asks of its members....

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 12:54 am UTC

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A main theme of the novel is Gene's struggle to come to grips with having wronged a dear friend in a terrible way in a moment of impulse. The novel asks: how does one deal with the guilt of having...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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Gene is a prisoner of his own guilt and fear. He feels tremendous guilt for the injury he has caused Finny, and he lives in fear that the other boys will discover the truth of what happened in the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2009 6:21 am UTC

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The mock trial was definitely not a good idea. First, it was organized by Brinker, the conventional straight arrow and "big man on campus." All along, Brinker had lacked the sensitivity to...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 7:21 pm UTC

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Finny seems almost impervious to fear throughout most of the novel. But, if we look closely at a couple incidents and passages, we can see a couple of his fears surfacing. The main thing that...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 3:02 am UTC

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Gene goes with Finny for several reasons: 1. First, he is enamoured with Finny. Despite Gene's jealousy toward Finny and his belief that Finny might be trying to sabotage his academics, Gene still...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2009 3:35 am UTC

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Gene wants to become the top student in his class. Gene feels that he is in indirect competition with Finny. Achieving academic success is his most logical and likely way to attain some kind of...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012 6:24 pm UTC

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Brinker goads Gene by giving him a hard time for having a room to himself. He is the kind of guy who loves to hear himself talk; Gene notes that "he never let a dull spot appear in conversation if...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2010 11:45 pm UTC

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In order to connect the protagonist of this novel to World War II, which forms part of the story’s background, it is necessary to understand the literary concept of bildungsroman. The term is based...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020 4:33 pm UTC

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John Knowles’s 1959 novel, A Separate Peace, is about two young men, Gene and Phineas (called “Finny”). The two are rivals, but mostly in the mind of Gene, the comparatively shy, bookish...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 2:16 pm UTC

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Finny refused to accept the war as being an actual event that really was occurring for most of his time in The Separate Peace. In his opinion, the war was being presented by the "fat old men" who...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 1:13 am UTC

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One of the most significant changes is that he is humbled, and finally realizes that Finny was not out to get him, was not competing with him, and did not hold sinister intentions for him. Gene...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2009 10:09 am UTC

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The novel can be interpreted as an allegory in which Gene and Finny both play significant roles. As they move through their final year at Devon, knowing that the awful realities of World War II...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2011 11:30 pm UTC

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Though the balance of power in their friendship clearly favors Phineas, he does demonstrate true friendship towards Gene at several points early in the novel A Separate Peace if the reader agrees...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 9:59 am UTC

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Devon School is a complete contrast with the world at war that was outside of the school's boundaries during the time covered by the main story of A Separate Peace. Gene recognizes, even as he was...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 9:27 pm UTC

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The Latin inscription over the door states that boys are made into men at Devon School. The irony of this statement is that Gene and Finny do become men, but their maturation comes at great...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008 12:14 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3 of A Separate Peace, Finny persuades Gene to jump from the tree; when Gene loses his balance, Finny's hand quickly shoots out and he grabs Gene's arm, saving him from falling. Later,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 11:47 am UTC

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Gene was jealous of Finny before the incident occurred, and to have Finny do yet another spectacular, praisworthy thing just made Gene more envious. Finny was super popular with kids and adults...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2010 10:25 am UTC

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In chapter four, after Gene flunks that first test of his life, he really buckles down and studies hard. As a result, he does quite well. He focuses, studies, learns, and even does better than...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2010 11:54 pm UTC

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His feelings change quite a bit throughout the course of the novel. At the beginning, he is mildly amused by Leper and all of his nerdish ways; he tolerates Leper, is kind to him to a certain...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2009 10:38 am UTC

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Gene is the first-person narrator of A Separate Peace. His relationship with Phineas (Finny) teaches him to abandon his feelings of hatred and rivalry. Gene becomes irrationally convinced during...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 10:34 pm UTC

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The first really significant event is Finny's breaking the school swimming record and demanding to keep it a secret between Gene and himself. Then Gene, in an act of blind malice born of his own...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2009 4:47 pm UTC

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The novel is set during World War II. So going away to fight in the war was on all the boys’ minds. There was a draft and a sense of duty. There was much more domestic and international support for...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2011 4:32 am UTC

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"A Separate Peace" is a story about growing up and facing adulthood. The boys live and go to school in a very safe place at the Devon School, but as they mature, they learn from their mistakes and...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012 12:44 am UTC

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In Chapter 3 of A Separate Peace Finny invents a whole bunch of arbitrary rules for the members of the Super Suicide Society to follow. The most important of these, and the one that will have most...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 7:59 am UTC

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John Knowles's book A Separate Peace is similar to the movie adaptation of the story, but there are several important differences. Overall, the message is the same and the events unfold the same...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2017 2:36 pm UTC

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The summer season and mood at Devon is described just after Finny has managed to talk him and Gene out of getting into trouble because they missed a meal through jumping out of the tree. Gene...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 9:38 am UTC

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In chapter 5, the closest quotes that show peace and conflict during Gene's visit to Finny are below: "I don't know; I must have just lost my balance. It must have been that. I did have this idea,...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 8:42 pm UTC

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