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by John Knowles

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What is the mood in A Separate Peace

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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 childhood friendship with Finny and illustrates Gene's conflicting emotions as an adolescent attending the Devon School. The majority of the novel focuses on Gene's misguided feelings towards Finny, the consequences of making Finny fall from a tree, concealing his true emotions, and preparing to enter World War II with his classmates. Since Finny dies as a result of the injury suffered from his fall, Gene feels responsible for his friend's death and...

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