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A Separate Peace: Literary Analysis

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Transcript of A Separate Peace: Literary Analysis

Point of View
Point of view is the way a story is narrated.

A Separate Peace is told in first person point of view, when one of the characters, who participates in the story, narrates it.

http://www.learner.org/interactives/literature/read/pov2.html
Internal Conflict
Characterization:
John Knowles use of foreshadowing:
*Also, on page 14, it said " Nothing endures,not a tree,not love,not even a death by violence." This foreshadows Finny's "Death by violence". It shows that Finny doesn't suffer patiently when dieing. It shows that there will be a conflict right before Finny passes away.
On top of that, the story is told in a retrospective form, as Gene Forrester looks back on his experience at the Devon School.

http://www.shmoop.com/separate-peace/narrator-point-of-view.html
This form of narration, especially since told in reflection, can weaken the "realness" or ability of the reader to relate to the story.

The novel is told retrospectively, some things are not easily remembered after fifteen years; not all of the details of the story are mentioned.

http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/seperate-peace-what-do-you-think-weaknesses-389489
By telling the novel in the first person, it helps readers to better understand Gene's feelings and actions towards his surroundings.

Ex. His love/hate feelings for Phineas
An example of internal conflict in A Separate Peace is with Gene, the main character. He struggles with himself and his insecurities. We see this when he compares himself with Finny physically and academically.



Sources: A Seperate Peace, Dictionary.com
Foreshadowing
*Foreshadowing is to be warned or indicated of a future event.


John Knowles
*John Knowles uses foreshadowing by having Gene refer to "Death by violence" in the beginning of the book, and stating that he had a fear of marble stairs and a tree. This shows Gene had a connection with Finny's accident.

*On page 13, Gene refers to
"several trees bleakly reaching into the fog. Any one of them might have been the one I was looking for. Unbelievable that there were other trees which looked like it here. It had loomed n my memory as a huge lone spike dominating the riverbank, forbidding as an artillery piece,high as the beanstalk."
* This foreshadows a future event that will happen that makes one tree stand out from the rest. It shows that Gene looks at the tree as a weapon. Weapons can hurt people, that person will be Finny.
Another example:
The character of Finny
Finny was one of the main characters and made out to be
•Athletic
•Smooth
•Personable
•Clever
•Persuasive

The character of Gene
Gene was another main character in the book and was portrayed to be
•Brilliant
•Easily persuaded
•Jealous
•Driven
•A good friend
used characterization throughout the book by showing us Finny and Genes personalities that he created for them. Throughout the book, we learned more about their friendship and what made them unique.
Dictionary
char·ac·ter·i·za·tion (krk-tr--zshn)
n.

1. The act or an instance of characterizing.

2. A description of qualities or peculiarities: a list of places of interest, with brief characterizations of each.

3. Representation of a character or characters on the stage or in writing, especially by imitating or describing actions, gestures, or speeches.
In simpler terms...
Characterization is the
act of describing the
character or qualities
of someone or something
What is it?
Well, let's find out!
setting
http://www.shmoop.com/separate-peace/setting.html
Point of View
By Samantha Perri
The story takes place in the summer of 1942 and the year of 1943.
Devon School academy in New Hampshire
School of isolation, peaceful atmosphere.
Critical Essay Key Points
Written by Anita M. Eckhardt
- Many critics have noted this novel of as a great exploration of early manhood and the competition that goes with it.

-Gene experiences many conflicting emotions towards Finny.

-Finny is described by Gene as a boy whose "nose to cheekbones had the sharp look of a prow" this showed that Gene was almost fascinated by Finny.

-Believed that before a man can be redeemed back into social life, he must come to terms with himself.

-Gene is threatened by Finny not only as a competitor but also as a man who has made him see himself.
World War II was going on.
Internal conflict is within the central character. The primary struggle is between different aspects of a single personality.
Psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense.
The dictionary's definition
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/internal+conflict?s=t
Gene lets the conflict within get the best of him. When he talks to others, it gets him paranoid.
-Alana&Katie
-Katie
Resources:
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/separate/facts.html
A separate Peace by John Knowles
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