Essay A Separate Peace Dialectical Journal

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1. Essential Element | Quote | Sentences | Symbolism | “This was the tree, and it seemed to me standing there to resemble those men, the giants of your childhood, whom you encounter years later and find that they are not merely smaller in relation to your growth, but that they are…shrunken by age.” Ch. 1, Pg. 14 | The tree is symbolized to represent something grown up from. The tree is the past, and it was so much more meaningful before rather than now. The change in importance is due to Gene thinking and reliving it constantly over time. | Symbolism | “Nothing endures, not a tree, not love, not even a death by violence.” Ch. 1, Pg. 14 | You receive so much information and deep emotions from this one quote. The author tells us that…show more content…
40 | Gene strives to be either better or equal to Finny. He has the smarts, and Phineas has the athletics. Again, he is not being a good friend by comparing themselves with each other. | Allusion | “Phineas still asleep on his dune, made me think of Lazarus, brought back to life by the touch of god.” Pg. 41 | The biblical allusion makes a comparison about Finny being significant to Gene. The bitter loving Gene wakes up from an unforgettable day at the beach, and he looks back upon Finny. He sees his companion as a touch from god, a person there to help him. | 5. Essential Element | Quote | Sentences | Conflict | “Never accuse a friend of a crime if you only have a feeling he did it.” Pg. 54 | Finny had a sense it was Gene who made him fall from the tree, but he took these words from elsewhere. The dialect in this saying appeals to the athlete since he refuses to blame Gene. Gene went on to realize the two were competitors. | Simile | “I felt like a wild man who had stumbled in from the jungle to tear the place apart.” Pg. 62 | Comparing himself to a wild man, he felt as if he came to make Finny feel worse. Finny had already suffered an accident, and Gene is making him revisit it. Gene avoids the fact he is the one who jounced the tree limb. | Conflict | “I grinned at him. ‘Oh no, I wouldn’t do that,’ and that was the most false thing, the biggest lie of all.” Pg. 65 | Gene lies to

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