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Skip to main content previous next previous next Login to unlock Email share 4985 0 0 0 2 A Sepe r a t e Peacetheme changes as time goes by and growing up, becoming matureimagery, description, and setting imagery, description, and setting- In the beginning especially, Gene's striking descriptions of the weather, Devon, and its surrounding environment are matchless in the picture they paint. However, the entire novel is brimming with vivid expression of setting - indeed, it is one of the most characterizing traits of this book. World War II in 1942 (when A Separate Peace was written)(it's kind of funny how all this is happening and Gene and Finny are wrapped up in their own little war of sorts) - -On January 1, 1942, the Declaration of the United Nations is signed by the 26 Allies. -April - Japanese-Americans sent to relocation centers. -June - Mass murder of Jews by gas chamber begins in Auschwitz. -August 23, 1942 - Massive German air raid on Stalingrad. -September 13, 1942 - Battle of Stalingrad begins. - Dec 17, 1942 - British Foreign Secretary Eden tells the British House of Commons about mass executions of Jews by Nazis; U.S. declares those crimes will be avenged. The imagery is precise down to the last scene and last detail. As I mentioned before, the first few pages are devoted entire to accounting the Devon site and locale. What makes this bit all the more vivid is the fact that the dreary day is not so hard to imagine - we have all lived through rainy mornings, muddy water, and bitter winds. conflictsymbolism allusionThis particular theme was one of the most obviously conveyed and present concepts throughout the entire novel. In fact, most of the plot is set in World War II (excepting the first few pages, as the rest is a flashback), which is, of course, in itself a conflict. The tone of the story is brooding and melancholy and thoughtful - probably due to the fact that it's told from a 1st person point of view, and is also a reflection on the past. Disregarding WWII, other conflicts that play a major part in the story are: man vs. self (Gene being unsure of how and why he made Finny fall out of a tree and severly injure his leg), man vs. others (Gene's competitive streak with Finny), and man vs. world (Gene and the war, which was affecting everyone at Devon, really). When I reread the book, I realized that almost everything which impacted the story or was referenced many times could be seen as an illusion or a representation of something else. The war could stand for the growing rift between Gene & Finny, or vice versa; the fissures and cracks in Gene & Finny's friendship could epitomize the war. The beach sojourn made by Gene and Finny represents the war also, and the author actually makes this typification quite clear - on page 38, Gene recalls the wave from the ocean that was too wild to fight, and which dragged him down to the bottom and then spat him out onto shore. On page 101, Gene narrates how the war, 'like a wave at the seashore', had swept over Devon, and was eluded by a word from Finny and simply passed over Gene and him harmlessly (he notes how others must have inevitably been thrown roughly onto the beach) - but then Gene says that he forgot that one wave was always followed by another even larger and more powerful one, which would be inescapable. Ultimately, A Separate Peace embodies how situations change and how we must mold ourselves to live and survive with those changes. We must also realize that while some things are inescapable and uncontrollable - such as aging and the passing of years - other matters, such as our reaction to these inevitable fates are absolutely within our power. Gene's split-second decision to jostle the limb and thus make Finny fall out of the tree affected him for the rest of his life, seeing as he still reflects upon his Devon years (and in particular, the years surrounding that incident). Perhaps if he'd been a little more self-aware in what he was about to do, he would not have indirectly killed his best friend. I'm fairly positive that society could learn from the outcome of Gene's one moment of letting his hatred get the better of him, could learn to control our anger more, could learn to find reasons and yze situations before acting. Protagonist descriptionsThe name of the protagonist is Gene Forrester. He attends Devon high school, is in his junior year (he is 16), and has a best friend named Finny. It is interesting how, in the book, he comes off to others as quiet, intellectual, introverted - but based on his account of his years (the book is told in 1st person), he seems logical to the point of calculating, thoughtful, and pure human, through and through. He seems opposed to paradigm shifts, and doesn't seem to have a very independent mindset. He'd rather look back and say what he could have done to solve a problem rather than fix it at the time. 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