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A Separate Peace

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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The passage that you are looking for is a couple pages from the end of chapter 12. Finny admits, for the first time, that has desparately wanted to be a part of the war. He had been submitting...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2009 2:32 pm UTC

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Leper isn't one of the more popular kids at Devon. He appears to be secure with his loner status, preferring to be one with nature rather than in the center of the social circle. After the war,...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2011 2:57 pm 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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To sum it up in a very simplistic way, Finny is cool and Leper is not. Leper doesn't quite fit in socially; he is awkward, laughs at nerdy things, likes nerdy things, and is never quite at ease...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2009 8:55 am 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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The first place Finny wants to visit, rather than going to class on the first day back after his convalescence, is the gym. As they head towards their first classes of the day, Finny impulsively...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010 11:18 am UTC

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The quote, "I began to know that each morning reasserted the problems of night before, that sleep suspended all but changed nothing, that you couldn't make yourself over between dawn and dusk," is...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 3:24 am UTC

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I am sure that you have Gene's betrayal of Finny, but in a sense you could argue that Finny betrays Gene. Finny knows that Gene deliberately jumped on the branch. He uses that knowledge, not...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 9:42 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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You have asked two questions so I will only respond to the first. You always need to be wary of reading any novel as an allegory. A simple allegorical reading can lead you to miss some of the depth...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 10:10 am UTC

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Rivalry is between two distinct parties. Competition is between any parties. In A Separate Peace Gene pits himself in particular as a rival of Finny. He wants to have something that he is better...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 6:26 am UTC

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This is an interesting question, because the idea of money or affluence is never really mentioned in A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. It is true that Devon is a boarding school and, presumably,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 6:51 pm UTC

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At the beginning of A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene returns to Devon 15 years after he graduated high school. When he visits the First Academy Building, he narrates, In through the swinging...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 8:01 pm UTC

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The “enemy” to whom Gene refers is really more of an idea than a person. Gene is reflecting on his participation in World War II and the battles of conscience and identity formation through which...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 5:50 am UTC

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The conversation between Brinker and his father reveals their very different attitudes toward World War II. Mr. Hadley sees the war as an opportunity for young men to prove themselves, to establish...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2009 1:30 pm UTC

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Phineas provides many examples of freedom from concern with conforming to society's expectations. He was completely comfortable with himself and didn't feel any need to abide by the rules affecting...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 4:27 pm UTC

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Knowles closes the novel with Gene graduating from Devon and heading out to join the Air Force, serene in the knowledge that his "war" with the deceased Finny is now behind him. Contemplating the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 2:14 am UTC

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The double irony in Gene's comment of Chapter 8 of "A Separate Peace" is this: 1. Gene suspects Finny of deception when, in reality, Finny has no deception in him. For instance, when Gene fails a...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2009 7:52 am 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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Finny has a charismatic power over Gene, which Gene cannot quite figure out. As a "Charter Member" of the "Super Suicide Society", a club of sorts created by Finny, Gene and...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2008 6:11 am UTC

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Gene attributed his success in the Decathlon of Devon's Winter Carnival to the completely uninhibited freedom the boys captured for that afternoon. For that brief span of time, they were able to...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2013 9:53 pm 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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Perhaps the descriptive adjective applied to Gene in the early part of the novel can be ingenuous rather than innocent, an adjective whose connotation differs in that it suggests a lack of guile...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2009 2:46 am 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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After Finny's funeral in chapter 12, life continues in chapter 13 of A Separate Peace. Gene's class is graduating from Devon and preparing to enter the war effort. Meanwhile, in June, military...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 5:23 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3, Gene says, "Although he was rarely conscious of it, Phineas was always being watched, like the weather". Finny has a way about him which attracts the attention of others. His...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2009 3:07 pm UTC

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In Chapter 9 of "A Separate Peace, there may be several symbolic meanings attached to the burning of the copy of the Iliad in order to begin the games of "The Devon Winter Carnival." Being set in...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2009 5:08 am UTC

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"A Separate Peace" by John Knowles, is the first person narrative of Gene Forrester. Gene has returned to Devon School after a fifteen-year absence. "I went back to the Devon school not long ago,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2009 1:40 am UTC

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Gene is a follower through much of the action of the novel, influenced first by Finny then by Brinker. In the end, Gene learns an important lesson about himself and how to live. He realizes that he...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012 4:32 pm UTC

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Gene's flashback begins in the summer of 1942, about six months after the United States entered World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The boys in the summer session at Devon are very aware...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2009 2:00 pm UTC

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Because of his injury, Finny no longer can enlist; he is no longer physically capable of doing so, nor will he ever be. Although he acts nonchalant, this reality is a source of deep bewilderment to...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2010 3:13 am UTC

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Leper's character provides conflict because he is the character that reveals the true face of war-both literal war, and the internal war that Gene waged against Finny. In the novel, the boys don't...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2009 12:03 pm UTC

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The four characters to look to answer these questions would be Gene, Phineas, Brinker, and Leper. Gene, Phineas and Leper are round and dynamic while Brinker is flat and static. The first three are...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 6:55 pm 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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There are details in the very first chapter that show how things have changed at the school. There had never been a summer session before the war, and Gene, Finney, and the other students on their...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2009 10:57 pm UTC

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As the two founding members of the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session, Gene and Finny successfully round up more boys to become a part of their secret society. Though Gene hates the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018 12:14 pm UTC

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In A Separate Peace, Finny's falling from the tree is the pivotal moment in the novel. It is the catalyst for the plot, conflicts, themes, etc. It leads to the examination of illusions,...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010 7:29 am UTC

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In Chapter 7 of A Separate Peace, Brinker stages a "mock arrest" of Gene as they go to the Butt Room, a basement area where the boys smoke. Seizing Gene's neck, and pusing him into the Butt Room,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2010 7:20 am UTC

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Gene did indeed mean to throw Finny off balance, but he certainly did not forsee the tragic consequences of his fall. His shaking the tree, however, did not seem to be premeditated but was rather...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2009 3:23 pm UTC

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I really like the idea of using a quote for your essay's hook. It is a good way to grab reader attention. The basic guide of using Gene's internal conflict as the framework for the essay is a good...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018 12:39 pm UTC

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In the first few chapters of A Separate Peace, Gene shows how jealous he is of his best friend's charisma and athleticism. Gene is so jealous of Phineas that he searches his mind for examples of...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 5:14 pm 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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The author's depiction of Saturday as "battleship gray" is highly symbolic. On a literal level, it is late winter, and the sky is, in fact, a deep, dull, overpowering gray color. Symbolically,...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2010 8:47 am UTC

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One point that relates to the idea that the only enemy is really found in the self comes when Gene finds that he has no enemy. This happens when Finny begins training Gene for the Olympics. At this...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

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I assume you are speaking about the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session meetings. How Gene feels about these meetings is discussed early in Chapter 3. At the beginning of each meeting,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2009 11:42 pm UTC

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The term refers to Leper's Vermont home and is ironic on several levels. First, it was the wintry scenes of army skiers that led Leper, a native Vermonter and a skier, to believe he could find...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018 10:27 pm UTC

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As Enotes accepts only one question at a time, yours had to be pared down. You may wish to type others into the search window as some have already been answered and you can thus access these...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011 6:12 am UTC

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One reason that an author would develop two characters as complete opposites is to further highlight exactly what each character is. Sometimes, a person is more able to grasp what something is or...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2018 4:43 pm UTC

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Gene has a great deal of ambivalence about his return to Devon. He has a certain amount of nostalgia for the school of his boyhood, a place where he clearly had times of great joy. But there is...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2009 12:53 am UTC

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