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  • Genes Epiphany
    624 words
    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...
  • Tom's Death Left Gene
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    An Essential Emotion Obstacles appear whenever an individuals attempts to accomplish any goal. The majority of these obstacles can be overcome; nevertheless, there are some hurdles in life which are now and will never be able to be mastered. Gene Garrison from Robert Anderson's I Never Sang for My Father strives to conquer his innate inability to love his father Tom, however, is constantly impeded by his ambivalent feelings towards this domineering "old man (689)". Trapped in an emotional obliga...
  • Finny's View Point
    561 words
    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 ...
  • 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's Hate
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    It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart. The background of A separate Peace is the Second World War and the focus of book is a group of sixteen-year-old boys who are moving towards a war. The extract comes from the end of the book where Due to what Gene had done to Finny, he has been made to look at himself and now sees the war differently from the other boys. Gene has been forced to...
  • Effects Of Gene's Spiteful Feelings Toward Finny
    574 words
    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...
  • Gene's Jealousy Towards Finny Lead To Insecurity
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    A Peace of Mind That Shows to Well In? A Separate Peace? by John Knowles, Gene's jealousy towards Finny leads to Gene feeling negative emotions. Gene's jealousy towards Finny leads Gene to feel insecure with himself. Not only does Gene's jealousy lead to insecurity, it also leads Gene to deny many things that have been happening to him. In addition to insecurity and denial, Gene's jealousy also leads him to feel hatred towards Finny. In? A Separate Peace? by John Knowles, Gene's jealousy towards...
  • Limb At First Gene And Finny
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    A Separate Peace – Analysis Essay, Research Separate Peace – Analysis Enemy Dealing with enemies has been a problem ever since the beginning of time. In A Separate Peace by John Know els, the value of dealing with your feelings and dealing with your enemies is shown by Gene Forester, a student in Devon during World War 2 dealing with few human enemies, but his emotions create a nemesis far greater than any human enemy. "I never killed anybody,' Gene had commented later in his adultho...
  • 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...
  • Next Day Gene And Finny
    2,010 words
    In A Separate Peace by John Know els, the value of dealing with your feelings and dealing with your enemies is shown by Gene Forester, a student at Devon during World War II who dealt with few human enemies, but his emotions created circumstances far greater than any human enemy. "I never killed anybody,' Gene had commented later in his adulthood, "And I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy, Gene had put many enemies into his own life. Gene had a best friend, his name was Fin...
  • Friendship Line Between Finny And Gene
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    A Seperate Peace The line between friendship and hatred can sometimes be very unclear. Where exactly does one cross over this line? Could it possibly be when one discovers envy within himself for his friend, or is it when he begins to wish he is somewhere other then where he is? In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the friendship line between Finny and Gene is extremely unclear. What would cause ones best friend to jounce a tree limb in hopes the other would be harmed? To understand th...

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