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The Seperate Peace
Transcript of The Seperate Peace
Born in September 16, 1926
Died in 2001 because of illness
Graduated in 1945 from Phillips Exeter Academy
A Seperate Peace was based out of his time in the Academy John Knowles A Separate Peace; a novel, London, Secker & Warburg, 1959; New York, Macmillan Co., 1960
Morning in Antibes; a novel, New York, Macmillan, 1962
Double Vision; American Thoughts Abroad, New York, Macmillan, 1964
Indian Summer, New York, Random House, 1966
Phineas; six stories, New York, Random House, 1968
The Paragon; a novel, New York, Random House, c. 1971
Spreading Fires, New York, Random House, 1974
Peace Breaks Out, New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981
A Stolen Past, New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983 Selected Works 1. Gene Forester
2. Phineas / Finny
3. Brinker Hadley
4. Elwin / Leper Characters Gene Forester Gene is the main character
in the book, and also the one
telling the story. He tells us
of the events that hapened
in 1942, when he studdied
at the school he went to visit,
Devon School. And so the story
goes, but you would have to
wait until I tell of the other
characters. Phineas "Finny" Phineas is Gene's best friend
and roommate in Devon School.
He is good-natured, an athelete,
and is very popular. Gene is
sometimes annoyed with him,
and states that Finny could not
leave anything alone and can get
away with anything. He is
extremely good at sports, until
one fateful day Brinker Hadley is a friend and classmate of
Gene. As the main antagonist, he tried to
get to the bottom of Finny's injuries. He
was the one who organizes the trial for
Finny, and he accuses Gene. Later, he was
able to still be friends with Gene, and Gene
apparently forgave him for making him
guilty. Brinker Hadley Elwin 'Leper' Lepellier is extrmely
nature-loving. Leper is Finny and Gene's
friend, and plays a major role in the story.
He is, surprisingly to almost all of the students,
the first to be enlisted into an army. He is said
to be a witness that testifies Finny's fall and
the Gene is guilty. He, late in the story, runs
away from the army and goes crazy. Elwin Lepellier In Devon School, where the most tragic things happen....... A
KNOWLES 1. Identity
2, Enmity THEMES OF THE BOOK Gene, to some extent, hates his identity, so when Finny falls, he ultimately lets Finny train him to be an athelete that Finny can't be. Gene later realizes that that is not his true self. IDENTITY Human are often enemies of themselves. Gene had hated his identity, and tried to be someone else, therefore being an enemy to himself. ENMITY 1. Summer and Winter
2. Finny's Fall. Symbols Summer is shown to be the season where students have fun, the teachers are lenient. and there is no work.
Winter, however, is shown to be strict, harsh, closed off, and you have a whole lot of work. Summer and Winter Finny's Fall can be considered one of the minor climaxes in the book. The fall of Finny represents the end of his career, and the end of his happiness. This is one of the things Gene has to deal with about tragedy. Finny's Fall The Plot A Seperate Peace is revolved around
friendship, grief, and enimity. Key events
of the story bring all these themes out 1. Finny's Fall
2. Leper's Decision
3 The Mock Trail
4. Finny's Death
5. Finding One's Self Key Events Finny's fall can be called the climax of the novel, eventhough it happened pretty early on in the book. This event is crucial for the story, because it triggers the other events and also causes Gene to start unliving himself Finny's Fall Leper's Decision is when Leper decides to enlist in the army and also when he sends a letter to Gene. Eventhough this event is not much, it widely effects the novel in various ways. In my opinion, however, it has the most effect in the mock trial. If Leper hadn't gone to the army, chances are that Gene would have really been accused, and Finny might not have ran and broke his leg a second time. Leper's Decision This event happens really late in the novel. This event is both important and crucial to the novel. Brinker calls a trial to determine of Gene is guilty of Finny's fall. Finny could not stand Leper's testimony, as demented as Leper is, and runs. As a result, his leg breaks a second time. The Mock Trial This is almost the last even that happens in the novel. After Finny's run and fall and the second time he broke his leg, he was sent to the infirmary to fix his leg. At night, Gene comes to see Finny, but Finny was crazy and mad. Gene comes later the next day, and shares Finny's last moments before the blood marrow stops his heart. Gene states that as he watched the funeral, he felt like this was his own funeral. Finny's Death "John Knowles." Goodreads. Web. 20 May 2012. <http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3496.John_Knowles>.
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Knowles, John. A SEPERATE PEACE. New York. Macmillan Co. 1960 Sources Written in first person.
The speaker, Gene, tells the story, his feelings, and his thoughts throughout the story. Style of Writing What was I doing up here anyway? Why did I let Finny talk me into stupid things like this? Was he getting some kind of hold over me? During the time I was with him, Phineas created an atmosphere in which I continued now to live,
a way of sizing up the world with erratic and entirely personal reservations, letting its rocklike
facts sift through and be accepted only a little at a time, only as much as he could assimilate
without a sense of chaos and loss. No one else I have ever met could do this....When [others]
began to feel that there was this overwhelmingly hostile thing in the world with them, then
the simplicity and unity of their characters broke and they were not the same again. A Seperate Peace is a book i would recommend.. The author brought out numerous truths that may have happened in a person's life. It is also a very inspiring book for those in grief. My Opinion