A Separate Peace

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles is a coming of age novel in which Gene, the main character, revisits his high school and his traumatic teen years. When Gene was a teen-ager his best friend and roommate Phineas (Finny) was the star athlete of the school. Gene was only a mediocre athlete and is always jealous of Finny. They form a Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session which includes jumping from a tree into …

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…life in the bible, and to the fact if they wouldn’t have been jumping off of it Finny might not be dead. In conclusion we can see how the characters, mood and tone, and the symbols are all tied to the theme because these two boys are best friends but they are also enemies. The fact that friends and enemies can be one in the same is very evident in this novel. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**