This time period makes the boys have to think about which branch of the military they want to enlist in. He had intriguing thoughts, which gave many idea's about Gene post personality and his surroundings. At one point Gene tries to tell Finny that he was to blame for the incident, that he caused it. Gene often comments on the differences between the wealthy school and less prestigious society as illustrated below. It represents the fall from innocence and the transformation from youth to adulthood, a transformation Gene makes, but Finny—similar in this respect to —does not.
Gene dealt with this inner conflict by projecting his fears onto Phineas, his closest friend. In the novel, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the two main characters named Finny and Gene, undergo some drastic personality changes — Gene more so than Finny. Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us. Leper truly escaped the painful reality of war, by going insane. One of the major themes in A Separate Peace is the coming of age. The disharmony betwixt Gene and Finny constitutes a separate, full-scale war when Phineas fractures his leg once again. We were registered with no draft board.
As the book progresses, Gene continues to look deeper into their fellowship and quickly becomes wildly jealous of Finny. As such, friendship is undoubtedly central to our lives, in part because the special concern we have for our friends must have a place within a broader set of concerns, including moral concerns, and in part because our friends can help shape who we are as persons. A Separate Peace is a book that deals with the friendship of high school boys. After the fall, Gene's unacknowledged guilt haunts him, then moves him to painful self-knowledge, and at last to a peace that lights his way into adulthood. The theme of a story is the big picture it portrays.
From this point on, he and Finny come to depend on each other for psychological support. After the war was won, forms of military life seemed to continue in American culture. Gene perpetrates a boyish prank which ends up crippling his friend. The novel implicitly associates this realization of the necessity of a personal war with adulthood and the loss of childhood innocence. A Separate Peace is the story of this changing perspective, of how things both change and stay the same.
Gene and Phineas initiate the summer session as comrades and confidants and end as bitter adversaries. The novel is a largely autobiographical work, drawing on Knowles' experience at Exeter to create the Devon school. Gene had to face the fact that he had purposely injured Finny even though Finny had not done anything wrong. This subconscious denial leads to the downfall of his friendship with Finny. First and foremost, Knowles characterizes Leper as a vulnerable outsider through his actions, words, and character as a whole. Gene cannot believe that someone could be so carefree and happy-go-lucky as Phineas was, without a hidden agenda. The story is a flashback in which Gene recalls his fears and insecurities during the midst of the Second World War at the Devon school.
The summers at Exeter and the fictional Devon were also similar in their carefree atmosphere, their warm, summery beauty, and in the amount of enjoyment the handful of students took from these summers. In this novel, setting, character, and symbols develop the theme of loss of innocence. The tragedy of Finny's death was modeled on the death of Bob Tait, a student at Exeter who died in the same manner, on the operating table and as a result of bone marrow escaping into the blood-stream. The Creation of Inner Enemies 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. A Separate Peace Chapter 1.
The story is centered on a teenager named Devon, schooling at Phillips Exeter Academy. Knowles was saddened by these events as a senior at the school, and knew Tait to be a kind and gentle person, much as Finny is in the book. This novel takes place at the Devon Preparatory School in the years of 1942-1943. Although he and Gore were not close friends during their time at school, Knowles does believe in retrospect that he did a good job in distilling the essence of who he believed Gore Vidal to be, into the character of Brinker. I bet they were a mix of happiness, confusion, and sorrow. Others are more deeply rooted, so much so that even Gene doesn't understand their origin.
. Although the book is mostly based on real events from Knowles' life, still remember that this book is not a work of non-fiction. Let's use a stream in the forest as way to understand theme. He even manages to forgive Gene for making him fall out of the tree. France wanted the inspired colonists to continue fighting until they … received their spoils of war.