The weather is nice. Students like Finny excel. It is symbolic of childhood innocence.
First, he examines the stairs and notices that they are made of very hard marble. Inhe was 16 and living at Devon with his best friend and roommate, Phineas nicknamed Finny. At the time, World War II is taking place and has a prominent effect on the story. Gene and Finny, despite being opposites in personality, are close friends at Devon: During his time at Devon, Gene goes through a period of intense kinship with Finny.
Finny creates a rite of initiation by having members jump into the Devon River from a large, high tree. This rivalry climaxes and is ended when, as Finny and Gene are about to jump off the tree, Gene impulsively jounces the branch they are standing on, causing Finny to fall and shatter his leg.
Because of his "accident", Finny learns that he will never again be able to compete in sports, which are most dear to him. This leads to Gene starting to think like Finny to try to be a better person and to try to solve some of his envy towards him.
At first Finny does not believe him and afterward feels extremely hurt. During a meeting of the Golden Fleece Debating Society, Brinker sets up a show trial and, based upon his shaking of the branch, accuses Gene of trying to kill Finny.
On his way out, Finny falls down a flight of stairs the same ones Gene visits at the beginning of the novel and again breaks the leg he had shattered before.
The two forgive each other. The next day, Finny dies during the operation to set the bone when bone marrow enters his bloodstream during the surgery. Characters[ edit ] Gene Forrester: Gene focuses on, and succeeds at, academics.
Gene is from "three states from Texas", and is therefore somewhat unaccustomed to Northeastern culture. He is the main character. He always sees the best in others, seeks internal fulfillment free of accolades, and shapes the world around himself to fit his desires.
He is a prodigious athlete, succeeding in every sport until his leg is shattered in his fall from the tree. He ceaselessly strives for order during the Winter Session at Devon. During the questioning of Finny by Brinker, Finny changes the story to make Gene appear innocent of his actions in the tree.
Finny cites Lepellier as an unreachable witness. He is the first student in his class to enlist in the military.
Late in the novel, Leper goes insane from the stress of his enlistment in the army. Assertions of homoerotic overtones[ edit ] Various parties have asserted that the novel implies homoeroticism between Gene and Finny, including those who endorse a queer reading of the novel, and those who condemn homosexuality as immoral.
For example, the book was challenged in the Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY School District as a "filthy, trashy sex novel"  despite having no substantial female characters and describing no sexual activity. Though frequently taught in U. If so in this case, both characters are totally unaware of it.
In that time and place, my characters would have behaved totally differently.(n) A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary, especially a variety of speech differing from the standard literary language or speech pattern of the culture in which it exists: Cockney is a dialect of English.
John Knowles explores many themes in his novel, A Separate Peace; three of the most predominant themes throughout the novel are warfare, identity, and jealousy.
Search for Identity-- Gene. A Separate Peace, is about a group of boys that live at a boarding school in New Jersey during World War II. It centralizes around the two main characters, Gene and Finny.
Throughout their story, there are several recurring themes that evolve over time. One of these themes is rules/rebellion. Throughout the novel, the boys [ ]. The novel's narrator and protagonist. At the novel's opening he is a man in his thirties looking back at his days as a student at private prep academy called the Devon School.
As a student. A Separate Peace takes place during wartime and is emphatically a novel about war—and yet not a single shot is fired in the course of the story, no one dies in battle, and only the unfortunate Leper even joins the military before graduation.
Instead, Knowles focuses on the war within the human heart, a war that is affected by the events of. A Separate Peace. 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.