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A Separate Peace

Leper Lepellier is the oddball or misfit of the group of boys at Devon school in 1942-1943. He is very interested in nature and experiencing the outdoors in a peaceful way. He's usually in his own...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016 4:46 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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"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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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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To be redeemed means to atone for a sin or pay a debt: to make a wrong right and be in the clear. Fifteen years after have deliberately wobbled a branch, causing Finny a fall that ultimately killed...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 11:49 am UTC

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Before Finny's accident, and for awhile after it, Gene has no interest in sports. The closest he comes to actually playing is signing up as Assistant Crew Manager. He acknowledges that this...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009 3:55 am UTC

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A Separate Peace is a frame narrative through the eyes of the main character, Gene Forrester. The novel tells about his time in boarding school fifteen years earlier, through themes of friendships,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 10:26 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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Finny is portrayed as a carefree, spontaneous adolescent, who is by far the most charismatic boy in his class. Finny's fun, cheerful attitude corresponds to the lighthearted, exciting summer...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018 11:52 am UTC

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The differences between Leper and Brinker are more obvious, but studying their characters reveals several very important similarities. Both boys are afraid of going to World War II, and they...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2011 6:29 am UTC

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There are several questions being asked here, so this answer will focus on Leper. While some readers might consider him a minor character, I would support the idea that he holds much of the story...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 2:09 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7, Brinker tells Gene that he plans to enlist the next day. Gene is thrilled by the idea: To enlist. To slam the door impulsively on the past, to shed everything down to my last bit of...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2009 5:39 am UTC

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Denial has various outlets in this book. One of the most obvious ways denial is shown is through the relationship between Gene and Finny. Throughout the book, it is clear to the reader that Gene is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 4:00 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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I think this depends on the pair of friends and the circumstances of the rivalry. Many friendships are broken up because of rivalry. Think about the entrance of a girl in between two boys or...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 2:16 am UTC

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Trees are often symbols of life as they are planted on Arbor Day to symbolize new life and beginnings. For Gene, jumping on the limbs becomes an issue of jealousy and envy in his life to the point...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 5:10 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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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 1 of A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene Forrester, the narrator, returns to Devon School after a period of fifteen years. The story is told in flashbacks when Gene revisits the...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018 12:32 pm UTC

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In Chapter VII, Gene learns that Brinker intends to enlist in the military the next day, leaving Devon for World War II. Gene's immediate reaction is to feel "a thrill": To enlist. To slam the...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009 12:02 pm UTC

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When Gene speaks to the doctor following the surgery, the doctor tells him that Finny's leg had sustained "a messy break," and that although he will walk again, he will never be able to play sports...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2010 11:49 am UTC

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In the concluding chapter of A Separate Peace, after having returned to Devon School in order to resolve his internal conflicts of years ago, Gene Forrester narrates, ...it seemed clear that wars...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 4:14 am UTC

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In Chapter 11 of A Separate Peace, Brinker Hadley seeks the facts of the circumstances surrounding Finny's accident because he suspects Gene Forrester of foul play. Gene returns to Devon after...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2015 1:30 am UTC

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For Finny to have a vision of peace is and odd consideration. I mean, by the end of the book, we find the great struggle he had throughout the book was that he was hurt and he wanted to go to war...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2010 5:13 am UTC

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Tough question. Finny is awesome. He's universally liked by just about everyone. He's good looking. He's athletic. He's funny and fun to be around. He genuinely wants to see his friends succeed....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2015 8:09 pm UTC

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Leper leaves the Devon school to enlist in a skiing corps that he had seen on a newsreel in chapter nine. Since Leper wasn't very popular or athletic, none of the other boys in the school rallied...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2013 10:31 pm 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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When someone mentions the words "morality" or "moral rules," one might think of following a code of chastity, but that isn't really the topic at hand in John Knowles's book. As far as "moral rules"...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 12:50 am UTC

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All the enmity in the novel comes from Gene, not Phineas. It is Gene who wishes to find a petty motive behind Finny's actions. He suspects Finny of wanting to "finish me for good on the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2009 1:13 pm UTC

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One of the best examples of figurative language enhancing our understanding of the book comes in at the very end of the novel, when Leper is describing the events at the tree. Brinker brings him...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2009 7:37 am UTC

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One quote that shows Gene's conflict with himself occurs in the first chapter as he returns to Devon after an interval of 15 years. He writes of remembering his conflicted emotions of both fear and...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 4:14 pm UTC

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The swimming record represents Finny's natural and excellent athleticism, that is combined with his love of sports just for the sheer joy of playing them, not bragging about being good at them. He...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2009 7:52 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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After Leper goes AWOL (Absent Without Leave) from the army, Gene goes to see him at his family's home in Vermont. Somewhat strangely, Leper insists they sit in the dining room to have their visit....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2009 7:32 am UTC

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In John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, Gene attempts to maintain control in the Butt Room through use of hyperbole and humor. The Butt Room is described as a dungeon and is depicted in stark contrast...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019 1:38 am UTC

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Brinker has started to wonder if Gene isn't hiding something about the incident in which Finny fell from the tree and shattered his leg. As Gene states, describing Brinker's character: Before he...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 1:49 am UTC

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Dramatic irony involves the reader knowing more than the characters do. In Chapter 4, Gene comes to the conclusion that Finny's escapades have all been an attempt to sabotage his grades. I found...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 10:42 pm 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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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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This is a rather unique question, as most people discuss the title in terms of Gene's separate peace, rather than Finny. I would argue that from the beginning, Finny has a separate peace. He is at...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2011 5:30 pm UTC

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In chapter 4 of A Separate Peace, Phineas and Gene argue about their differences rather than embracing them. The argument arises when Phineas wants Gene to stop studying and go for a swim with him....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 8:46 pm UTC

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The first two paragraphs of the book are marked by a first person narrator, who speaks in long, complex sentences. This establishes one point of view from which the story will be told. It also...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2009 5:29 am UTC

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There are two probable reasons for Gene selecting WWII as the "moment in history against which he measures all else". First, this war was an incredibly important event in the 20th century -...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013 4:24 pm UTC

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In chapter 13, Gene has a conversation with Brinker Hadley's father and mentions that he has decided to enlist in the Navy, where he hopes to avoid much action and plans to never see a foxhole. At...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 10:29 am UTC

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One of the primary themes in the novel is the loss of innocence. It is developed through each of the four characters: Finny, Gene, Leper, and Brinker. Each boy is far different at the end of the...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2009 3:04 pm 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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Brinker is bothered by the mystery surrounding Finny's fall from the tree where he sustained the injury to his leg. Gene either fails or refuses to provide Brinker with satisfactory details of the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 9:24 pm UTC

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One could argue that Gene and Finny are not really best friends based on Gene's feelings of jealousy and anger toward Finny. During the summer session at Devon, the two boys certainly spend a lot...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2018 9:52 pm UTC

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Gene wants to be Finny; that's the kind of person that Gene wants to be. Throughout the book, there are clues that indicate his desire to be more like Finny. After Finny's accident, Gene is...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2009 9:39 am UTC

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After Gene and Finny return from their overnight trip to the beach, Gene concludes that Finny is trying to deliberately sabotage his grades by keeping him too busy and distracted to study. He...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2009 12:26 am UTC

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