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A Separate Peace
Transcript of A Separate Peace
This example of imagery appeals to the sense of sight. Gene is watching the snow fall from his window, picturing the flakes like they are invaders taking over the grounds. "Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb. Finny, his balance gone, swung his head around to look at me for an instant with extreme interest, and then he tumbled sideways, broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud." A Separate Peace Written By: John Knowles Prezi By: Jennifer Connolly One of the most notable literary devices used in A Separate Peace is imagery. The imagery in this novel lets you see through the eyes of Gene, and gives us a very in-depth understanding of all of the aspects surrounding him. It's very important to have many different examples of imagery throughout a novel. With imagery we are able to imagine what the characters are seeing and feeling, like we're a part of what we are reading. There are two different types of imagery present throughout the novel; positive imagery and negative imagery. The positive represents the happy, peaceful times Gene had while he attended the Devon School. The negative imagery represents the distress of war that was also present during this time. An example of positive imagery, "Phineas stopped talking for once, so that now I could hear cricket noises and bird cries of dusk, a gymnasium truck gunning along an empty athletic road a quarter of a mile away, a burst of faint, isolated laughter carried to us from the back door of the gym, and then over all, cool and matriarchal, the six o’clock bell from the Academy Building cupola, the calmest, most carrying bell toll in the world, civilized, calm, invincible, and final."
This example of imagery mainly appeals to the sense of hearing.
The cricket noises, bird cries, laughter, and the sound of the bell represent the peace Gene felt in that moment, Negative Imagery Positive Imagery "I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before. It seemed more sedate than I remembered it, more perpendicular and strait-laced, with narrower windows and shinier woodwork, as though a coat of varnish had been put over everything for better preservation." If it wasn't for the imagery in these examples, we wouldn't have been able to fully grasp the way Finny felt when he fell from the tree, like you could almost feel the pain from that sickening unnatural thud. Also, we wouldn't be able to picture the Devon School when Gene went to visit, and how the appearance of the school changed since he attended as a young man. As you can see, imagery is a very important component of any story. It can appeal to any of our five senses at different times. Without imagery, a story would just be a boring, play by play of events. Conclusion