A Separate Peace: Adolescence


“I went along; I never missed a meeting. At that time it would have never occurred to me to say, I don’t feel like it tonight, which was the plain truth every night. I was subject to the dictates of my mind, which gave me , the maneuverability of a straight-jacket. We’re off pal, Finny would call out, and acting against every instinct in my nature, I went without a thought of protest. John Knowles, p26”
My book is A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I believe that this book is a perfect example of adolescence. I believe that Knowles shows the hardships and the rewards of friendship perfectly. Another thing that Knowles does very well is showing how friendship can alter peoples ...

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story by Phineas’ more outgoing personality.
While reading this story I was under the impression that Gene was a very smart person. Then once he began to spend time with Finny, the two boy’s personalities started to combine. Usually when this happened the boys did things that were against the rules. An example of this is when Finny talked Gene into skipping school and going to the beach. “The beach was hours away by bicycle, forbidden, completely out of all bounds. Going there risked expulsion, destroyed the studying I was going to do for an important test the next morning, blasted the reasonable amount of order I wanted to maintain in my life, and it also involved the kind of long bicycle ride I hated. All right, I said. Knowles, p37”
Another example of them breaking the rules is when they founded the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session. Much to Gene’s dismay the whole idea of this group was thought up by Finny. This of course was trouble for Gene. ...

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he slowly looked around at the others with
the expression of dazed determination he used when the
object was to carry people along with his latest idea.
He blinked twice, and then said, We can always start
with this ball.”

“We’ll call it Blitzkrieg ball, said Bobby.”

“Or just Blitzball, reflected Finny. Yes, Blitzball.
Knowles, p28-29”

Not only did Finny invent the game, but he also talked everyone into naming it Blitzball and he also made up the rules as he went along. Nobody even protest when he did this.

“Through Finny, Gene gains peace-or, if you will, salvation. CLC, p101” I think that this statement can have several meanings. One of which is that because of ...

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Added: 2/27/2004 07:54:43 AM
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