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A Separate Peace Essay

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Siva Nuthanapati (5) OrganizationMiss O' Reilly, p. 3 (20) Details/ AnalysisAmerican Literature, Honors (10) Quotes11 September 2014 (5) MechanicsFinding a Separate PeacePeace comes at the price of either a great struggle or sacrifice. In reality peace is attained when one is able to beat the enemy, or if the enemy beats you. In the book, A Separate Peace, written John Knowles, the biggest debate would be whether Gene Forrester succeeds in finding peace. In addition to the physical world war happening at the time, Gene also has to fight his own war against the underlying emotional dilemmas that are presented to him. I believe that Gene Forrester is able to find a separate peace because Phineas finally got mad at him and accepted his mistake.Gene ...view middle of the document...

Phineas adamantly states that it could not have been him and tells him to get out of the infirmary. After this event Phineas states "[p]eace had deserted Devon" (72). This was the moment when Gene realized he was very guilty and the fact that Gene did not accept his fault inclined his guilt.Gene realizes his guilt after it is proven to Phineas that it was Gene who caused the fall. This happens in the last few chapters in the book when there is a mock trial with Brinker and some other anonymous seniors. During this trial, Gene is accused and held accountable for the loss of a perfect military man. He is expected to explain every single detail but does not because Phineas is not in the best shape to hear it. Once they find out Leper, who has a good memory, was there the jury calls for him. He states that there were two unidentifiable men and that, one shook the tree stub causing the other to fall. Before the concluding statement of the jury, Phineas states that "[He] just don't care. Never mind," with a "handsome mask of a face"(177). This shows that Phineas realizes that Gene caused the fall that ended his career. Phineas realizing that it was Gene's fault gave Gene a separate peace. After Phineas's death, Jean felt that "a soaring sense of freedom revealed that this must have been [his] purpose from the first: to become a part of Phineas."(85). This sense of freedom is the separate peace that Gene Forrester was fighting for.Gene attains a separate peace when Phineas realizes that Gene caused the fall. Even after Phineas's death, Gene is able to uphold that peace because Phineas is a part of him that has not left yet. After going back to the campus, he looks at everything differently. This different opinion is caused by his separate peace.`

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