A Separate Peace By John Knowles Essay

873 Words Nov 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Inner conflict is a subject that many people deal with every day. Sometimes, in literature, an author uses inner conflict as a means to build suspense of the plot. Unlike external conflict, which is conflict between two characters, inner conflict is the battle between a character and themselves. In the novel A Separate Peace, the main character Gene battles inner conflict throughout the narrative. A Separate Peace is a novel about two teenage boys who are best friends that battle through jealousy and betrayal throughout the story. The author John Knowles implicated many uses of techniques and devices throughout the story that help develop the theme. Some of these techniques and devices used are foreshadowing, irony, and first person narration. One main device the author used to develop the theme of inner conflict is foreshadowing. At the beginning of the story, Gene states “There were several trees bleakly reaching into the fog. Anyone of them might have been the one I was looking for. Unbelievable that there were other trees that looked like it here. It had loomed in my memory as a huge lone spike dominating the riverbank, forbidding as an artillery piece, high as the beanstalk” (Knowles 14). This quote foreshadows the importance of the tree to Gene, representing that something happened at the tree that changed him. He also compares the tree to a weapon, something that hurts someone as it did to Finny later in the story. Throughout the story, Gene feels a…

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