A Separate Peace Essay example

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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 his secret resentment of his best friend Phineas (Finny). Phineas struggles with the disbelief that he can never be of any use to the war efforts with a “busted leg.”…show more content…
Finny does not believe a word of this disturbing revelation and sends Gene away. When Finny does return to Devon, he never brings up Gene’s off-the-wall confession. Months pass and suddenly the accident is brought up again by a boy named Brinker who believes that there is more to the story than what is being said. (No one else in the school new for a fact that Gene shook the branch on purpose to make Finny fall, they just had empty accusations.) So Brinker set up a sort-of mock court one night and took Gene and Finny there. Finny was seated in the middle of the Assembly Hall and asked to tell what happened. Since Gene’s confession, Finny refuses to believe it is true and imagines that Gene wasn’t even in the tree with him, therefore, he would not be able to place Gene as the guilty one. As the story unravels of what really happens, Finny gets fed up and leaves the building saying, “I just don’t care. Never mind.” And then all the boys hear him fall down a flight of stairs, re-breaking his leg. This time though, Finny isn’t so lucky and while the doctor is setting the break, some of the bone marrow gets into his bloodstream and immediately stops his heart. When Gene hears of this he does not cry, nor does he ever cry over Finny’s death, because when Finny died it was like he died with Finny. At the end of the school year, Gene enlists in the war and joined the

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