A Separate Peace Essay examples

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Brittany Schafer
September 21, 2012 Period 4
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In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles, it relates to a complicated friendship of two young boys Gene and Phineas. Gene is jealous of Phineas’ achievements and lets his anger destroy their relationship. The boys at Devon in the summer of 1942 have to deal with the fear World War II brings. Each time the boys feel safe and peaceful, reality sets in and reminds them of the warfare around them. The boy’s mental stability is tested by the struggles of school and the causes of their actions. John Knowles’ A Separate Peace displays how fear, warfare, and friendship can affect a person’s innocence and youth. Fear has affected Gene and made him paranoid with
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Gene asks Finny what he think caused him to fall out of the tree to find out if Finny knows it was Gene. When Gene visits Finny and tells him he was at fault, he regrets telling him, “It struck me then that I was injuring him again. It occurred to me that this could be an even deeper injury than what I had done before. I would have to back out of it, I would have to disown it.” (62) Gene cannot handle the stress of telling Finny the truth that he is afraid he might black out. Throughout the novel, the war has caused great worry, wonder, and fear for the sixteen-year-old boys at Devon who could enlist anytime. When the Boys open a Winter Carnival, it helps them believe that the war does not exist and gets their mind off the war. Gene is caught up yet again in Finny’s upbeat world by helping run this carnival. The boys’ happiness is interrupted at the end of the carnival when a telegram is sent by Leper informing the boys he has escaped. The boys not only deal with military warfare, but personal wars and feelings of hostility and resentment. Gene learns that one mans only enemy was himself, “...this enemy they thought they saw across the frontier, this enemy who never attacked that way- if he never attacked at all; if he was indeed the enemy.” (196) Gene struggles

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