A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace book cover
Start Your Free Trial

In A Separate Peace to where does the narrator return?

Expert Answers info

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,149 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Thomas Wolfe wrote in his novel,

You can't go back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame,...back home to someone who can help you, save you, ease the burden for you, back...to the old forms and system of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time--back home to the escapes of Time and Memory

But Gene Forrester does "go home"; he does go back, but it is not to the "escape" of Time and Memory; Gene returns to Devon School in order to insert himself into Time and Memory so that he can analyze what it was that caused him to behave and think as he did as a student there. After he arrives, Gene looks for the tree whose limb he jousted, causing his friend to fall:

This was the tree, and it seemed to me standing there to resemble those men, the giants of your childhood, whom you encounter years later and find that they are not merely smaller in relation to your growth, but that they are absolutely smaller, shrunken by age....

By relieving his years at Devon...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 572 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write4,539 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial