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    average public High School? First there's the cinderblock walls, ironically mimicking that of prisons, if not for their colorful hand-print wall art. Then you have the boring lunches, which tend to trick the masses into being tasteful with their overload of caloric salt and oil content. When comparing America's public high schools to that of the most elite boarding school in the nation, the differences are far beyond singular. For the privileges these students concur are borderline royalty. The name of this renowned and distinguished “High School” is Phillips Exeter Academy. Despite the fact that this school remains to be the Harvard of all High Schools, it's commonly unheard of. Political and social status encompassed with extreme intelligence dictate any chance of being excepted there. Upon closer examination the interrelation of rank and social circumstance form the framework for these elite attendees. The Phillips Exeter Academy boarding school is quietly tucked away in a small charming town located in New Hampshire. It's notarized for its historical 18th century Georgian styled buildings and dormitories. The school was founded back in 1781 as an all…

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    John Knowles: Life and A Separate Peace John Knowles was born September 16, 1926 in Fairmont, West Virginia. His first published novel, A Separate Peace, was published in 1959 in England (John). The story is based on Knowles’ experience at Phillips Exeter Academy, but is not literally true. Knowles states that his life work is writing. Knowles attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire. As a sixteen-year-old boy, he began attending the academy as a summer session…

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    I never thought I could be this excited about an air-conditioner, let alone see it as a thing of beauty. But this aircon? This was different. I’d made it myself. What makes a summer at Phillips Exeter Academy special is the energy and excitement around learning… but man it was so hot! My first invention was a wind tunnel crafted from the finest bed sheets, laundry poles and masking tape - completely useless in the face of 30 degree heat and humidity. It was a problem I wanted to fix. When my…

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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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    A Separate Peace written by John Knowles focuses on the story of the friendship of Gene Forrester and Phineas “Finny”, and emphasizes how their constant friendship/rivalry causes a feeling of envy leading to an ultimately hurtful relationship. In Chapter 2, readers see yet another example of how quickly Finny can get out of almost any situation due to his charismatic demeanor. When he talks his way out of getting in trouble for skipping dinner with Mr. Prud’homme, this can be seen as the moment…

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    ASP Essay John Knowles' novel, A Seperate Peace, shows both the good and bad sides of friendship. It is most prevelant in the two main characters' relationship with eachother, but is also shown between Gene and Leper, and Gene and Brinker. Gene and Finny have been best friends ever since they first met and were still best friends through every conflict that life gave them. This shows how John Knowles is giving us an example of best friendship. In the novel, their relationship is shown at it's…

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    Analysis of the impact of love and jealousy A Separate Peace is filled with both love and jealousy as seen through the friendship, between two people known as Gene and Finny. Jealousy can not only destroy one’s self, but also others around them. If one is not careful their jealousy can turn into bitterness and hatred, eating them alive and causing them to become a person that was never thought possible. Love can also make a person blind to other people's actions, making them very gullible to the…

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    A Separate Peace by John Knowles expresses biblical allusions and Greek mythology through most of the primary characters. The figures of Adam and Eve, Judas, Apollo, Pan, Phthonus, and Jesus are all strongly alluded to throughout the book within the characters of Gene, Finny, Leper and Brinker. This will be strongly demonstrated through the following comparisons of Greek myths and biblical stories and, the events that surround the characters of A Separate Peace. The story of Adam and Eve is…

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    The Wrath of Jealousy Oftentimes close friends can turn into foes through the aspect of jealousy between the two, and ultimately resulting in a tragic death of the friendship. In A Separate Peace By John Knowles there is a lot of jealousy between one character, Gene. Gene is jealous of Finny in ways that hurt their relationship. Both kids enjoy going to the tree in Devon school, where Gene is driven by his jealousy and hurts his friend. Gene walks to school for the first time after summer…

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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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