• Gene's Relationship With Finny
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    Summary Gene Forrester, the narrator of the story, returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire, fifteen years after being a student there. He walks around the campus and notices that everything seems well preserved, as if a coat of varnish had been applied to the buildings, keeping them just as they were during his time there. He reflects on how fearful he was in those days-the early 1940's, while World War II raged in Europe-and decides to visit the two places that he most closely associates w...
  • Finny And Gene Experience
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    Challenges of Civilization (An Analysis of Marxism in a Separate Peace) A Separate Peace is an impeccable paradigm of critical mythology interpreted by philosophers such as Marx, Engels and Hegel. The philosophy of Marxism serves as a basis for socialism and communism and is explicitly demonstrated by means of power, the understanding of human nature, and alienation. Finny demonstrates authority and control over a lonely, alienated friend Gene, however, unitedly they discover friendship through ...
  • Finny And Gene's Separate Peace
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    A Separate Peace: Friendship, Conformity, and War We have all experienced friendship in our lives; some of these bonds were lasting and others were not. A Separate Peace is a book that deals with the friendship of high school boys. These boys attend an all-boy's school called Devon School. It is said that: 'Devon is sometimes considered the most beautiful school in New England. ' 'Devon was both scholarly and very athletic. ' Devon is where Gene Forrester, Phineas (Finny) and Edwin (Leper) Lepel...
  • Genes Growing Discontent With Finny Gene
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    Genes Growing Discontent with Finny Gene comes to the Devon School 15 years after he attended it and tells us the story when he was sixteen. In chapters 1-3 of John Knowles' A Separate Peace, the characters Gene and Finny appear to be the best of friends. However, the names that Gene calls Finny, Gene's resentment at feeling forced to engage in activities of Finny's devising, and Genes responses when he thinks Finny is getting in trouble reveal his growing discontent. The names that Gene calls F...
  • Night Finny And Gene
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    "Lord of the Flies by William Golding and A Separate Peace by John Knowles are classic examples of peer pressure". These novels are a perfect display of how adolescents falter under the influence of their equals. At the time the characters are surrounded by war and confusion in their lives. The choices they make are not determined by their consciences, but by the mental domination of their fair weather friends. They experience freedom from adults which is a factor in their behavior. The boys lea...
  • Gene Jounces The Limb And Finny
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    Gene Forrester's difficult journey toward maturity and the adult world is one of the main focuses in the novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Gene's journey into maturity begins the moment he jounces the limb of the tree. The process continues until he visits the tree, fifteen years later. Gene looks at things in the past. Gene must start to become self-aware, face reality and the future, confront his problems, as well as forgive and accept himself. He must become aware of and understand th...
  • Of Finny And Gene's Friends
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    A Separate Peace I. Characters 1. Gene- The narrator of the book, and a student at Devon during World War 2.2. Phineas- Gene's best friend an roommate. Also an incredible athlete. 3. Brinker Hadley- One of Gene's friends, and his rival for top academic spot in the class. 4. Leper Lepellier- One of Gene's and Finny's friends. 5. Chet Douglass- Another of Gene and Finny's friends. Part of Super Suicide Society. 6. Bobby Zane- Another member of the Super Suicide Society. 7. Mr. Proud " homme- Gene ...
  • Gene And Finny Jump From The Tree
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    Ch 1 As the novel opens, Gene Forrester returns to Devon, the New Hampshire boarding school he attended during World War II. Gene has not seen Devon for 15 years, and so he notices the ways in which the school has changed since he was a student there. Strangely, the school seems newer, but perhaps, he thinks, the buildings are just better taken care of now that the war is over. Gene walks through the campus on a bleak, rainy November afternoon, revisiting the buildings and fields he remembers-an...
  • Finny And Gene
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    Someone once said that being yourself, being who you are, is a successful rebellion. Gene Forrester, one of the main characters in John Knowles's novel, A Separate Peace should have taken this advice. Throughout the novel, Gene acted artificially, disguising his true self. He lived in fear of people finding out what he was really like. Phineas, Gene's best friend and the other main character in this novel, on the other hand, acted naturally around people. He was not afraid of people seeing who h...
  • Finny Off The Tree
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    Literary Analysis for A Separate Peace Having a best friend means not to have jealousy of them, and to not wish to hurt them in any way. From reading this literature book, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, it proves that statement. The story is about two close friends whose bond becomes ruined by jealousy. Gene felt extremely jealous of Finny. In the beginning of the story, the author tried to describe the inferior feelings of Gene. In the dorm rooms, Gene tried on Finny's clothes as a symbol o...
  • Finny And Gene's Friendship
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    ... three acquaintances come into Gene and Finny's dorm and pull them out. After they entered the Assembly Room, Brinker remarks, 'You see how Finny limps. ' This phrase was the beginning of his plan to set the truth loose, or primarily break the friendship link between Finny and Gene. Brinker chose the Assembly Room as the setting for this trial since there is nothing humorous about the place. It is a place which would be terrible for Gene's sake to talk about the cause of the accident. The sec...
  • Gene And Finny
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    Death of Obligation In the story of A Separate Peace, the struggle and problems of a character are represented through the lives of two students at Devon School. Gene who is the dynamic character in the story is held back from achieving his goals and living the life he wants to live by Finny. Gene in a sense, devoted to Finny and can easily be convinced to do anything Finny presents to him. Gene's thoughts become blurred and he begins to believe anything that Finny says no matter how ridiculous ...
  • Gene And Finny Friendship
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    In this essay on A Separate Peace by John Knowles I will be writing about the coming of age in this book. This essays main topic will be how gene grows throughout the book and also how he becomes a young man in his time at Devon collage. I will be explains what I think of the coming of age topic and my person experience on this topic. I think Gene really grows in this book. In the beginning of the book he always would fallow Finny and listen to everything he said. He didn't think for himself mos...
  • Gene And Finny
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    A Separate Peace: by John Knowles During World War II in the struggle for peace among nations comes a smaller, but still significant struggle, in a prep school boy becoming a man and waking up to reality. In the book A Separate Peace, the author John Knowles, creates the image of two sixteen-year old boys struggling to keep what little sense of peace they know, even though there is a war going on all around them. Gene Forrester, the narrator of the story also struggles with an inner conflict of ...
  • Prospects Of Finny And The Novel
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    Character: FINNY Throughout the novel A Separate Peace there were two dominant characters. Perhaps the most useful in the reading of the novel was the character of Phineas, also known as Finny who supplies the qualities of a charismatic, athletic, and strong leader. Finny is the best friend of the novel's main character, Gene. By reading into the text and integrating the aspects of symbol and theme the reader is given a clear picture of the novel through the character of Finny. Phineas is the be...
  • Gene And Finny
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    A Separate PeacebyJohn Knowles Separate Peace was written by active author John Knowles from his real experiences and personal struggles. Knowles attended Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive New Hampshire prep school, for two summer sessions in 1943 and 1944. This book vaguely outlines his experiences at Exeter with himself as the main character but under the name of Gene Forrester. Knowles' novel tells the somber story of a young man's struggle to escape from himself and his world; to achieve...
  • Gene's Reality Next To Finny's Reality
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    A Separate Peace In his book A Separate Peace John Knowles communicates what war really is. He uses a number of complex characters in a very complicated plot in order to convey the harsh, sad, cruel, destructive forces of war. The Characters Gene and Finny are used as opposing forces in a struggle between that cold reality of war-that is World War II in this story-and a separate peace. A peace away from the real war and all of the terrible things that come with it. Through their relationship, th...
  • Attitudes Towards War Of Finny
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    What point of view does each character show in regards to their attitude to the war? The war is a symbol of how things are not always what they seem. Recruiting posters and propaganda to join the army convinced many boys into thinking the war is an exciting adventure. "The characters Gene, Finny, and Leper are used as opposing forces struggle between that cold reality of war and a separate peace" (Brian, Gatten), A peace away from the real war and all the terrible things that come. The attitudes...
  • Gene And Finny
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    "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles Separate Peace What really happened in the tree? Gene and Finny were very good friends; however, whatever happened in the tree the day the Finny 'fell' out, is the actual cause of Gene". ... My knees bent and I jounced the limb... ". page 52. In fact, Finny did not fall out of the tree, but Gene had actually pushed him out. Gene had very good reasons to push him out "Finny had put him up to it, to finish me fro good on the exam". Page 49. He pushed him out of j...
  • Gene And Finny
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    A Separate Peace; Chapter Summaries Chapter 1: The narrator (Gene) returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire, that he graduated from 15 years earlier. He goes to a certain tree and switches back to the past. Phineas dares everyone to jump from a branch in the tree intothe river. Phineas, and Gene both jump. On the way back Phineas and Gene play fight so that they are late for dinner. Chapter 2: Mr. Prud " homme, a master, stops by the boys' room to scold them for missing dinner again for the ...
  • Gene And Finny
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    Through out the book A Separate Peace, Gene, his growth and harmony seem to change. His opinions, and outlook on life also seem to change as his relationship with Phineas does likewise. Gene's self-perception changes from insecurity to imitation to independence as his relationship with Phineas changes. As the book begins, Gene is unsettled by Phineas and somewhat mystified by him. Like a legend from a western tale. As the book moves on and Finny starts to change Gene's life, Gene appears to beco...
  • One Time Finny And Gene
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    A Separate Peace: Finny - How Things Change In the novel 'A Separate Peace,' by John Knowles, a boy named Gene visits his high school 15 years after graduating in order to find an inner peace. While attending the private boys school during the second World War, Gene's best friend Phineas died and Gene knows he was partially responsible. Phineas, or Finny as he was sometimes called, was the most popular boy in school. He was handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. Gene, on the other hand, was a lo...
  • Differences Of Gene And Finny
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    Difference Too Often Leads to Hate Many times in the world, differences have lead to hate. Think of Martin Luther King, for example, who stood for fighting against one of the largest differences. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, is one of many examples of differences leading to hate. Gene and Finny, who somehow managed to become friends, have completely different views of each other. Finny wanted to be friends with Gene, but had trouble facing the reality that Gene felt differently. Gene becam...
  • Books Lennie And Finny
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    Lennie & Finny Finny, from A Separate Peace, and Lennie, from Of Mice and Men, was basically the center of their novels. Everything that went on revolved around them. From the very beginning, each of their incidents was a major part of the novels. Everything that happened to them, including the death of Lennie's mouse, and Finny's announcement of his and Gene's friendship, then to each of their deaths, they had a large impact on the themes of the books. Finny and Lennie shared a few similarities...
  • Finny And Gene Show Man's Inner Capacity
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    Gene's Enemies Adam and Eve had a perfect Garden of Eden, until Eve ate the apple and contaminated the garden. In being tricked by the snake, Eve betrayed God's word. Mankind has often betrayed others because of the darkness in their heart. In A Separate Peace, John Knowles uses Phineas as a sacrificial lamb to portray Gene's savage side and demonstrate that peace can never be achieved at a worldwide level until man accepts the darkness in his own heart. Gene believes that Finny and he hate each...
  • Gene Finny
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    Part 1: Identifying 1.) Protagonists- In a story or movie the Protagonist (s) is / are the main character (s). In the story A separate Peace the protagonist is Phineas (Finny). 2.) Antagonists- In a story or movie the Antagonist (s) is / are the character or force in conflict with a main character, or Protagonist (s). In the story A Separate Peace the Antagonist is Gene. 3.) Setting- In a story or movie the Setting is the time & place of the action. In the story A Separate Peace the setting is a...
  • Situation Between Gene And Finny
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    Every person feels rivalry or competition towards others at some point in their lives. This rivalry greatly affects our ability to understand others, and this eventually results in paranoia and hostility. It is a part of human nature, that people coldly drive ahead for their gain alone. Man's inhumanity towards man is a way for people to protect themselves from having pain inflicted on them by others, and achieving their goals and desires without the interference of others. This concept of man's...
  • Finny's View Point
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    A Seperate Piece The Idealist I would say that Finny (Phineas) was the biggest idealist in the story. His feelings and many things on many issues, made me think of him this way. The actions that Finny take in the novel make him seem as though he is the happiest person on the planet, like for instance when he says "There is no war", this showed that he wasn't really bothered by the war which during that time period I believe it meant happiness. Finny also never lost faith in his so called friend ...
  • Gene And Finny In Their Room
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    Gene Forrester is a quiet, intellectual student at Devon School in New Hampshire. During the Summer Session of 1942, he becomes close friends with his daredevil roommate Finny, who has a talent for getting away with mischief through his sincere, disarming charisma. Finny prods Gene into making a dangerous jump out of a tree into a river, and the two start a secret society based on this ritual. Gene envies Finny's astonishing athletic abilities, and he begins to suspect that Finny envies his supe...
  • Gene And Finny
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    In the entire life cycle of a human being, teenage stage is the fun, memorable, and some time the wild part. In this teenage stage, the teenagers experiment with everything without caring about the consequences. For most people, the life prior to the teenage stage is the most exciting part because there are no worries; every thing is fun. When the teenage life begins, most of their behaviours change while adapting to various habits. They follow good and bad behaviours as the result of influences...
  • Weaknesses In Gene And Finny's Relationship
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    Analysis of Gene and Finny Relationship Relationships between friends go though many different stages. In A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, two friends go through various levels of friendship. There are inner conflicts, strengths, weaknesses, and irrevocable differences; within the relationship between the main characters. The relationship between Gene and Finny goes through many levels and stages. First, during the relationship between the main characters Gene has inner conflicts. One example ...
  • Gene And Finny
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    Although a friendship often implies many similarities, Gene and Finny also appear very different in many aspects of life. Their friendship gives the impression that at some times it was unstable, but overall it was bound to be everlasting. This companionship is a primary example of any real-life friendship of the common person. It is possible to portray many differences within a friendship, but still hold on to whatever is the quintessence of the cohesion between the parties involved. The simila...
  • Finny Unlike Gene
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    Friendship is a bond that is held together by mutual respect and common benevolence. John Knowles explores this realm deeply in his novel, A Separate Peace. Phineas and Gene are best friends, but their friendship is challenged as Gene feels that Finny is superior. Finny, unlike Gene, has no inner conflict, but instead he mentally creates a perfect universe. When Gene finally unleashes his suppressed anger by use of violence, Finny is unable to accept it as intentional in an effort to sustain his...
  • Gene As Finny's Best Friend
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    One of the most revered and utterly enigmatic topics present within humanity is the evolution of humankind itself. Collectively contrasting both the origins of man physically and the very beginning of complex thought processes has been an incredible task, which is currently undetermined. The exact methods of the mind and of human character are both delicate and completely beyond true understanding. The only ways we as a race retain the ability to even attempt to comprehend such processes is thro...
  • Effects Of Gene's Spiteful Feelings Toward Finny
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    John Knowles uses the literary element of symbolism in his novel, A Separate Peace. Gene, a student at the Devon Prep School in New Hampshire, tries to understand the love, hate, and jealousy that he feels for his roommate Phineas, nicknamed "Finny". Knowles uses the Assembly Hall, the marble staircase, and the locker room to symbolize how Gene's spitefulness affects Finny, and how this effect leads Gene into adulthood. As the effects of Gene's spiteful feelings toward Finny are developed, the A...
  • Gene's Rationalization Of Finny
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    What role does Competition play in each novel? Competition is a significant factor to the outcome and plot of each novel. In both books the strong and competitive are the victorious and triumphant, as well. Competition influences what the characters say, feel and do. In "A Separate Peace" Gene feels a immense amount of competitive pressure to be equal to Finny. Competition is what drives him. Finny has natural athletic abilities as well as charisma, grace and appeal. Gene is a decent athlete but...
  • Similarities Between Gene And Finny
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    There are many similarities and differences between Gene and Finny. They are the two main characters in the book "A Seperate Peace". Finny and Gene are supposedly "best friends". They go to Devon. Devon is the high school, that they went to in the 1940's. Gene and Finny are both very athletic students, but Finny is a lot better at sports, and is much more athletic. Gene is trying to be Val Victorian of his class, so he is really intelligent. Finny, to tell you the truth is pretty stupid, really ...
  • Gene's Anger Toward Finny
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    Throughout the whole novel it seems that Gene has a very low self-esteem. He is not very happy with his life because he is always in Finny's shadow. Everything he thinks he's good at Finny has a way of showing him up and doing better than he does. In the beginning of the novel Gene is a very quiet person and he wants to succeed in life, an example of this is the way he wants to become valedictorian. Moreover, Gene's anger toward Finny builds as the novel goes on. An example of this is how someti...
  • Finny And Gene
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    In the novel "A Separate Peace", by John Knowles there are two main characters, Finny and Gene. They are complete opposites of each other yet they still are best friends. For example, Finny is very athletic and invented his own game called "blitz ball". Moreover, he is a leader and a risk taker. In addition, Finny is the founder of the Suicide Club, which portrays his leadership. In the novel, Finny does not follow the school rules and once he wore a pink shirt and his tie as his belt, which ren...
  • Two Friends Gene And Finny
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    Throughout everyone's lives, there are many important necessities we require to help us get through every day drama; friendship, among others is one of those main necessities. Friends are there to fill a void in ones life, to help them along through the rough road we all call life. Friendship should always be a mutual agreement and both sides should contribute to the cause of friendship equally in order to achieve a satisfactory medium. John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and John Knowles' A Separ...