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    A Separate Peace by John Knowles, is a non-fiction novel about kids in New England during world war II. The book focusses on showcasing these kids’ childhood and the experiences they encounter together. The setting of the novel helps reveal the character of Finny, by showing him beat the school’s swimming record, by showing him and Gene jump off the tree limb, and even the war has an effect on Finny’s character. When Knowles tells the reader about how Finny beat the school’s swimming record without even trying it helps the reader understand how athletic he is. In chapter three, when Finny and his friends are by the pool and Gene says something to Finny to motivate him it also shows how close Finny and Gene are as friends. “ You always win at…

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    A Separate Peace by John Knowles had a number of underlying metaphors throughout the story; relating the lives of Gene and Finny to the war taking place and giving Finny many Christ-like characteristics. The metaphor of war was not obvious until it was mentioned in class, and it made sense as soon as it was stated. In general, Gene’s beliefs of his friendship with Finny are similar to the beliefs of opposing sides in a war. While Gene had suspicious feelings towards his best friend, Finny was…

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    Essay On A Separate Peace

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    World war II was devastating for those irreproachable people that were sadly in it. By how unfortunate brave acts sorrowfully ended their valuable lives. In A Separate Peace, World War II had innumerable ups and downs for Devon students. Especially if they're going to be in the war at the end of their high school year. The war has been far-reaching in A Separate Peace in populous ways, how the characters react to one another, finding what’s in the real world and their decision-making skills to…

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    A Separate Peace Theme

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    According to HG Wells, “If we don't end war, war will end us” (Things to Come). In A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, the main character Gene struggles with the wars around him. Gene struggles at Devon, an all boys preparatory school during the World War II era. At Devon, Gene faces the struggle of finding peace and many conflicts throughout the story along with the other boys, Brinker Hadley a natural born leader, Phineas his sporty best friend, and Quackenbush a dislikeable crew team captain. …

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    Humans innately need each other. There is an almost infinite amount of reasons to rely on someone else: to love, to hate, to love to hate, to get something, to boost our own egos, and pretty much any combination of these. Personally, I’ve been known to use people for utilitarian purposes, but like anyone else, I have had a number of close friends. And these friends, my accomplices, have adopted my mannerisms as I have adopted theirs. These people have formed my current self and continue to mold…

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    On the tree limb with his friend, Gene acts recklessly and instinctively, and expresses his anger on Finny on his understanding of Finny never once being jealous of him. Unconsciously, Gene is found jouncing the limb, causing Finny to fall. The physical tension holding Gene captive suddenly frees him, and for the first time without fear, Gene jumps from the tree. While doing this, Gene’s perspective of himself and the world is restored; his childish ways of thinking are recreated into his mind.…

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    Separate Peace Characters

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    In John Knowles’ novel, A Separate Peace, Gene is forced to befriend new people when Phineas cannot return to Devon for the beginning of the Winter Session, due to his leg injury. One of the friends he makes is a boy named Brinker Hadley, who seems to be the temporary replacement for Phineas. This is because he is well-liked, funny, and known around the school, much like Finny. Gene likes Hadley and explains, “...almost everyone liked Brinker...He never let a dull spot appear in conversation if…

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    In the Literary Criticism “Counterpoint”, by James M. Mellard, the critic analyzes the juxtaposition between components in the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Mellard strongly suggests to his readers how Knowles uses “counterpoint in character development, symbolism, plot and structure” (Mellard 56), which brings forth the ultimate question of how does counterpoint support A Separate Peace’s “ultimate theme” (56). The fundamental answer to this proposed question, in the eyes of…

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    “Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” * A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, features two boys (Finny and Gene) who attend a prep school during World War II. In the novel, Gene provides a perfect example of a teenager’s search for identity. In the beginning of the book, Gene begins admiring Finny. “He got away with everything because of the extraordinary kind of person he was.” (Knowles, 21) However, that admiration turned into envy, but…

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    October 2015 Rough Draft Innocence is just as important as anything that is necessary for life. Written by John Knowles, the novel, A Separate Peace is based upon the psychological actions and changes of Gene Forester losing his innocence throughout his year at Devon School. In the Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding Ralph commits acts that he cannot deal with because he thinks of himself as a good human being. Both books are heart-wrenching, and meaningful and express the theme…

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