A Separate Peace By John Knowles Essay

1325 Words Dec 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Good friends are like stars, you don 't always see them but you know they are there. As cheesy as it may sound, it’s true, a good friendship is a complex thing that includes respect, admiration, jealousy, conflict, and resentment towards each other. Although friends may break off from each other, best friends will always stick together through thick and thin. In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the protagonist Gene, displays these qualities with his best friend Phineas which makes their friendship all the more worthwhile. At the beginning of the novel, Gene pays a visit to the Devon School and recalls the events in which Gene and Phineas (Finny) have a very strong bond between them. As the story progresses, their friendship moves gradually apart as an unfortunate series of events lays out. Gene constantly battles an inner conflict with himself in which he thinks Finny is always trying to get the better of him. Despite the bumps in the road, it is forgiveness and an unbreakable bond that keeps them together and builds an even stronger relationship on their friendship. John Knowles uses symbolism and personification to demonstrate that friendship is a rocky road but in the end forgiveness ties everything together. Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. Symbolism can take different forms. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely…

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