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Title: A Separate Peace


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A Separate Peace
  • John Knowles

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John Knowles
  • Born on September 16, 1926, in Fairmont, WV
  • Died on November 29, 2001.

3
Setting
  • Devon School (boarding school for boys), New
    England area, summer of 1942 to June 1943
  • Framing device - The novel opens in 1958 (Gene as
    an adult visiting school) to introduce the
    setting, major symbols, and emotional tone of
    novel. Then flashes back to the summer of 1942.
  • The backdrop is World War II

4
Is Devon modeled after Phillips Exeter Academy?
  • John Knowles was educated at Phillips Exeter
    Academy he based the novel on his years at
    Exeter.

5
Point of View
  • Told from the first person point of view of Gene
    Forrester, who reflects back as an adult.
  • Gene Forrester is not only a character in the
    novel he also acts as the narrator.

6
What is verisimilitude?
  • When a novelist creates characters who seem like
    real-life human beings, it is called
    verisimilitude.

7
Main focus of novel
  • Characters deal with greed, social conservatism,
    puritanical religious ethic, and repressed
    emotions.
  • Negative forces can lead to fierce competition
    and, sometimes, self-destruction.
  • These forces can be overcome by turning away from
    competition and concentrating on those aspects of
    the self that restore love, emotional balance,
    and a communion with nature.

8
Literary context
  • War threatens the future.
  • War threatens the future of the students.
  • Character struggles with an inner battle with his
    destructive self.

9
Conflict
  • the sadness of leaving childhood,
  • the pull of adulthood, and
  • the ultimate confusion in this passage to
    adulthood.

10
Major Symbols
  • The tree
  • The marble staircase
  • The river
  • Devon School
  • Games, sports, and clothing

11
World War II
  • World War II began on September 1, 1939.
  • American involvement began on December 8, 1941
    when we declared war on Japan.

12
World War II continued
  • Novel begins in the summer of 1942 when Americans
    began to realize that the war would not end soon,
    nor was there any certainty as to how it would
    end.
  • Rationing began for items such as crude rubber,
    gasoline, sugar and coffee, milk, and produce.

13
Two Sides in War
  • Axis Powers
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Allies Power
  • Great Britain
  • Soviet Union
  • United States

14
Victory Gardens
  • Produce became scarce as a result of American
    internment of Japanese Americans.

15
Japanese Americans produced two thirds of the
vegetable crop in California. Americans began to
raise their own vegetables in victory gardens
established in back yards and communal areas.
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Theme Topics
  • The search for meaning
  • Individuals in society
  • Humans in conflict
  • Values and beliefs
  • Showing courage
  • Reflecting on the past
  • Self-realization
  • Choices and consequences

17
Something weighing on your mind?
  • The novel focuses on sixteen year old boys who
    realize they are about 1 year away from military
    service eligibility, and if they join, they may
    be killed.

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