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  • Phineas Throughout The Whole Novel
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    A. Title and Author - A Separate Peace by John Knowles B. Story Setting - The story starts off at the Devon school, which is a prep school in New England at 1958. But the rest of the story takes place through a flashback of his days when he was a student at Devon during 1943. C. Main Characters - Gene Forrester - Gene is the narrator of the novel and appears at two different time periods: as a middle-aged man re-visiting Devon fifteen years after being a student there, and, for the majority of t...
  • Genes Epiphany
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    Gene Forrester, in A Separate Peace by John Knowles, struggles to gain epiphany through his close relationship with his roommate Phineas at the Devon School. Phineas represents the innocence that only a child possesses, for no winners or losers, allies or enemies, or right or wrong exists to Phineas. Because of his injured leg, Phineas blinds himself to the war around him. Phineas feels that if he cannot serve in the war, than the war does not exist. Phineas tells himself and others that the war...
  • Last Chapters Of The Book Unlike Phineas
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    Gene-The Character Analysis Gene, one of the main characters in the book, has a complex personality with lots of conflicts and a struggle to find himself or, in other words, his own identity. Throughout the book, we come across acts and thoughts of Gene envying Phineas. Although he mentions that he's glad having a boy like Phineas as a roommate and best friend in several places among the book, it's clear that he has a feeling in himself against Phineas even he can't describe himself. At the begi...
  • Gene Forrester And Phineas
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    A Separate Peace Essay In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the protagonist, Gene Forrester "battled" within himself to find "a separate peace" and in this process directed his emotions at Phineas, his roommate. Forrester and Phineas formed the illusion of a great companionship, but there was a "silent rivalry" between them in Forrester's mind. Self deceptions in Forrester led him to believe that Phineas was "out to get him" (Forrester). Subconsciously Forrester jounced the limb of th...
  • 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...
  • Friendship Between Phineas
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    A person often gains new insight as a result of a specific incident that he or she experiences. This point is clearly demonstrated in the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Gene learns the profound meaning of friendship when he pushes Phineas out of the tree. When he learns that Phineas has this unconditional love for him, he becomes very guilty for what he has done. The author foreshadows many events from the beginning of the book. When Gene pushes Phineas out of the tree in a burst of jea...
  • 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...
  • Gene's Rebellion On Phineas
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    A Separate Peace: Contrasting Gene and Phineas and the Struggle for Power Julie Gibson John Knowles' A Separate Peace depicts many examples of how power is used. In A Separate Peace, two opposing characters struggle for their own separate might. Gene Forrester, the reserved narrator, is weakened by his struggle for power. While, Phineas was inspired by his own power within. The novel conveys how peace can weaken or inspire during a mental war. Phineas, a natural rebel, is known as the best athle...
  • 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...
  • Winter And Summer Sessions At Devon School
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    The novel, A separate Peace written by John Knowles, contrasts many different settings, actions, and characters. The story is set in a boy's prep school during World War Two. The main characters Gene and Phineas are greatly contrasted because of their opposite ways. Throughout the duration of the story, both the Naguamsett and the Devon river are contrasted as opposites as well as the Winter and summer sessions at Devon School. Gene Forester is a senior at Devon Boarding School. Gene is the type...
  • Gene And Phineas In Different Ways
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    In A Seperate Peace there was an external conflict between Gene and Phineas who were the two main characters in the story. Even though the conflict was between the two main characters in the story the conflict grew to such a proportion that it soon affected other students in their class. The conflict between Gene and Phineas was the green-eyed monster know as jealously, but it was far stronger in Gene that it was in Phineas. The jealousy affected Gene and Phineas in different ways, so the boys e...
  • Hate And Gene
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    In John Knowles' "A Separate Peace" Gene is portrayed as "everyman" because every man is competitive, has tendencies to fail, and is jealous of others. When they were climbing the tree to do a double jump Gene showed signs of man's evil nature when he thought of pushing Finny from the tree. He also showed signs of hate and jealousy towards Finny when he created his new game and when he used his great athletic ability. Another human characteristic he showed was his happiness from his success he h...
  • Bond Between Gene And Finny
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    The Mind Murders the Body By Sina Same Adolescent friendships are of the most complex companionship's due to the suppressed feelings of contempt one child may feel toward another. The deterioration of the complex friendship of Gene and Phineas is brought about in John Knowles A Separate Peace by the combination of their envy and denial. Finny and Gene begin their summer of 1942 with the illusion of a great companionship. Gene's paranoia and envy disrupt the relationship between him and Finny. As...
  • Gene And Finny
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    A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel about two boys at boarding school and their friendship during World War II. There are three significant scenes of violence that occur in the novel; however, the core of the plot is based upon one. The first and most poignant is the incident where Gene, the narrator, jiggles the tree branch while he and Phineas, his best friend, are preparing to jump, causing Phineas to fall and break his leg. The next scene of violence is when Quackenbush calls Gene a la...
  • Stories Of Phineas And Gene
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    A Separate Peace is a remarkable story about the relationship between two young students, Gene and Phineas. Their friendship develops through the formation of secret societies and late night card games. A tragic event, at first glance an accident, changes their lives forever. As the story unfolds the friends have to deal with the fact that the unfortunate event was no accident. An extremely well written book, A Separate Peace is a wartime story about New Hampshire schoolboys as they approach mat...
  • Haven Of Peace And Forgetfulness For Gene
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    "A Separate Peace' As"A Separate Peace' Essay, Research Paper As with most novels, it is best to begin a discussion of thematics by examining the title. The phrase ' a separate peace' is mentioned once in the novel when, speaking of the Winter Carnival, Gene writes: "It was this liberation we had torn from the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this afternoon of momentary, illusory, special and separate peace. ' The Devon of 1942 and 1943 is, at times, a haven of peace and ...
  • Gene And Phineas
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    Breaking The Mold In John Knowle's, A Separate Peace, there is a transformation in all the key elements in the book, from the rivers to the tree to the seasons to the characters. The transformation is specifically seen in Leper, Gene, and Phineas. These three young men experience a change not just because of the transitions through adolescence. These changes also come about because of the war, the school, and an injury. Leper Lepellier is a very odd young man. He is quiet and is finds himself al...
  • Gene And Finny
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    Sitting in my third grade classroom we chattered anxiously, waiting for the spelling quizzes to be passed back. My teacher placed them all facing down on our desks, a rather pointless effort when she was already aware that at any moment the room would burst into havoc with yells of "what did you get?', shouting numbers back and forth, and of course superior comments from the students proud of their marks. I quickly flipped mine over and grinned at the 8/10 scrawled in red marker near the top of ...
  • Themes In The Book A Separate Peace
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    A hate group kills ten-thousand in bloody massacre. The human heart is a source of hate. No matter how much time goes by here will always be hate. John Knowle wrote the book A Separate Peace in 1960. As a human one is prone to evil and the temptations of war. One will always be jealous and have to be aware of the evil everyone has in war. Maturity is is one of the themes in the book A Separate Peace. The two rivers that are part of the Devon School property show how Gene and Finny grow up in the...
  • Peace With Gene
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    Analysis of A Separate Peace- The title of the novel A Separate Peace implies many insights which show how tranquillity existed at the Devon School; that which occurred during a specific time period, or that of certain characters. The Summer Session of Devon served as a peaceful interval between the spring and fall semesters, during which Gene and Phineas found peace within themselves. The Summer Session was a few dozen boys being force-fed education. The rules were not enforced strictly, if the...

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