Plot summary[ edit ] Gene Forrester, the protagonist, returns to his old prep school, Devon a thinly veiled portrayal of Knowles' alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy fifteen years after he graduated, to visit two places he regards as "fearful sites": First, he examines the stairs and notices that they are made of very hard marble.
Gene and Finny are both well-liked and popular at Devon. The other boys seem to gravitate towards Finny, and Gene becomes one of the school's most popular, successful members following Finny's injury. Both boys are athletic and enjoy participating in sports.
Even though Finny is a superior athlete, Gene also has a fair amount of athletic ability.
Both boys come from relatively wealthy families. Devon is a prestigious, exclusive boarding school, and both Devon is a prestigious, exclusive boarding school, and both Gene and Finny's families can afford to send them there.
Finny is an innocent, naive young man who would never purposely harm anyone. In contrast, Gene allows his insecurities to negatively influence his decision to harm Finny. Finny is also extremely confident and self-assured. Other than academic activities, Finny naturally succeeds at everything he does.
In contrast, Gene has to work hard to become academically successful, and nothing comes naturally to him. Finny is also a rule-breaker and an adventurous individual. Gene is a rule-follower and is forced to join Finny on each of his adventures against his will.When A Separate Peace begins, Gene is in his early thirties, visiting the Devon School for the first time in years.
He is thoughtful and intelligent, with a competitive nature and a tendency to brood. He develops a love-hate relationship with his best friend, Finny, whom he alternately adores and envies.
Although John Knowles novel A Separate Peace seems rather bleak at most points, it does overall end happily because the bad things pave way for the good, the hero completes his quest, and in the death of Phineas (Finny) there is renewal of Life with Gene’s finding of peace. - A Separate Peace A Separate Peace is a novel by John Knowles that is about prep school experiences during World War II.
This book was a good story about an adolescents attempt to understand the world and himself. I enjoyed reading about Gene's journey towards maturity and the adult world. A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles.
Based on his earlier short story, "Phineas," it was Knowles' first published novel and became his best-known work. Set against the backdrop of World War II, A Separate Peace explores morality, patriotism and loss of innocence through its narrator, Gene.
In Knowles's A Separate Peace, what, according to Gene, had Phineas alone escaped, and who, in 1 educator answer In "A Separate Peace" what, according to Gene, had Phineas alone escaped, and.
We see Finny and Gene's friendship only through Gene's eyes, so we can only speculate Finny's feelings toward Gene on the basis of what he says, how he acts, and Gene.