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A Separate Peace Final Project

A detailed plethora of information organized in a fashion in which thoroughly upholds the project guidelines :-).
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Transcript of A Separate Peace Final Project

A Separate Peace Written by John Knowles Character Analysis Gene... Intellectual, Conventional, Emotional Gene is the narrator of the story. From this point of view we are able to experience all of his personal thoughts and reactions, whereas, with alternate characters we are only able to examine them from what is conveyed by Gene. He is part of the key struggle in the story and through his own thoughts and actions we are able to see the plot develop. Phineas... Charismatic, Athletic, Authoritative Phineas, lovingly known as Finny, is the most popular and athletic boy of his class. He is rightfully acquainted with all of his teammates and even instructors. His role in the story is as significant as that of Gene. His demanding presence, superior athletic ability, and seemingly humbleness makes Gene and other people around him envious. After his injury, however, the relationship between him and Gene began to suffer and eventually deteriorate. Thus, powering the bulk of the plot. Leper... Peaceful, Cautious, Eccentric Leper is a bright, artistic-type classmate. He becomes partially isolated at times, but after the story develops it becomes apparent that this is part of his character. His significance to the story comes after the climax, where he enlists into the army and shortly after departs. His personal breakdown results in a skeptical relapse on Gene's behalf and the eventual controversial denouement. Brinker... Charismatic, Conservative, Disciplined Brinker is in many ways just as popular as Finny is with his class mates. However, not for his spontaneous attitude, but rather his strict, straight-forward nature. Demanding in his presence, Brinker does not have as great as a role in the story as the others, although his similarities AND differences to Finny prove to be a positive influence on Gene's conscience and influence on his mature decision to enlist. Two Possible Themes... One theme of A Seperate Peace is jealousy, which reveals that despite how intimate a relationship is between 2 people jealousy can result in drastic tragedies. Another theme of A Seperate Peace is loyalty, which reveals that some events can cause a person to question their trust between another, without taking in regards how they may feel 5 Significant Quotes "We're all enemies and can and will turn on each other." The quote, in relation to the theme, shows that when faced with certain circumstances, friends will just as easily betray you as they would assist you. "Never accuse a friend of a crime if you only have a feeling he did it." This is significant because it reveals that despite Phineas's skepticism about the situation, in his mind he want everything to remain normal and loyal to his best mate. "We were even after all, even in enmity. The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all." This thought of Gene's properly validates the perception of the drive to surpass Phineas's superiority to him in SOMETHING. "I was not of the same quality as he. I couldn't stand this..." This quote, a precursor to the climax of the story, is significant because it shows his overwhelmed conscience from always being second-rate to Phineas. This, for lack of a better word, is the 'last straw'. "Only Phineas never was afraid. Only Phineas never hated anyone." After the conclusion of the story, Gene re-evaluates his revelations and begans to feel regretful, almost embarassed at his disloyalty to Finny. He is upset at himself for revealing such hatred towards a former friend that apparently, never felt any hostility for anyone. Setting Analysis... John Knowles chose Devon during the World War time for several reasons parallel to the plot and its conflicts. Devon is peascefully isolated and thoroughly developed. Similar to the articulate boys in the story, who, in their minds, are not properly adjusted to the atmosphere of the war because it doesn't/hasn't affected them directly. The same way the war gradually works its way into the daily routines of the classmates, the emotional and mental battle faced by many (Gene, Leper, Finny, etc.) begans to dwell over the atmosphere. This parallel contrast between the 2 allows the reader to understand the concepts of war in reality and war internally. Symbols in the text... The seasons throughout the year are symbols. The Summer Session, bright, care-free, peacefully exciting, is a symbol of the freedom that accompanies childhood. In contrast, the Fall and Winter sessions symbolize the responsibility and partial dullness that comes with becoming mature. Another symbol of the text is Phineas's fall into 'fall'. At the end of the summer session, Finny's tumble marks the beginning of the end to the care-free, warless daily routine and the beginning of the war both in reality and personally. And THAT, my fellow constituents, is the... END-FIN
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