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Title: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Author John Knowles
  • Born in 1926 in West Virginia
  • Best known works are set in New England

Knowles Childhood
  • Parents were originally from Massachusetts.
  • Knowles spent many summer vacations there.
  • At the age of fifteen, Knowles applied to an
    elite New Hampshire boarding school, Phillips
    Exeter Academy. (The school in the novel is
    thought to be modeled after this one.)

John Knowles continued
  • Knowles expresses his affections and (somewhat)
    fond memories for his boarding school in A
    Separate Peace.
  • Soon after Knowles entered Exeter, the U.S.
    declared war on Japan and entered World War II.
  • Knowles went into the military after he graduated
    from high school and trained to be a pilot in the
    U.S. Army Air Force Aviation Program.
  • When the war ended, he attended Yale University
    in New Haven, Connecticut.

World War II
  • Began in 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland,
    and officially ended in August 1945, when the
    Japanese surrendered.
  • A Separate Peace takes place during the summer
    of 1942, directly in the center of World War II.
  • In America
  • In order to cope with the war, America
    instituted rations on books, sugar, coffee, and
    other goods.
  • To conserve gasoline, a national 35 MPH speed
    limit was implemented, and driving for pleasure
    was banned.
  • By the summer of 1942, many Americans realized
    that the war was far from over.

  • Called a World war because a majority of the
    worlds nations split into one of two opposing
  • Allies- included Russia, U.S.A, United Kingdom,
    and China.
  • Axis- included Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and
    Imperial Japan

World War II
  • One of the most devastating wars in history.
  • Loss of human life estimated at 72 million.
  • Two-thirds of victims were civilians.
  • Holocaust victims numbered in the millions.

U.S. Involvement
  • The U.S. entered the World War after Pearl
    Harbor. American leaders were angry because Japan
    attacked after they said they would not.
  • Cities that were devastated by the Atomic bomb
    Hiroshima and Naga Saki
  • Fear of war caused many Americans to turn a blind
    eye to the conflicts overseas.
  • Pearl Harbor changed everything.
  • 1940 brought the first peacetime draft in the
    nations history.
  • Men 21-35 years of age were required to register
    for military service.
  • The age was then lowered to eighteen.

  • Many young men couldnt wait to be drafted
    patriotism was at an all-time high.
  • Teenagers often felt it was their duty to enlist.

Patriotism and Change
  • The war brought changes to the American economy
    and lifestyle.
  • Need for weapons created jobs.
  • Americans attended rallies, bought war bonds,
    conserved fuel and rubber by car pooling, and
    planted victory gardens.
  • In short, American life, as it had been, changed
    for the duration- a phrase that meant until
    the end of the war.

  • Imagine going to high school while one of the
    deadliest and most devastating wars in history
    was happening.
  • How would it affect you? Would your life be any

The War in Iraq
  • How has the war in Iraq affected you? (Has it
    affected you at all?)
  • Have the news stories and pictures affected your
    life or view of the world?

A Separate Peace
  • The novel was first published in England in 1959
    and in the U.S. in 1960.
  • It proved to be such a success that Knowles was
    able to resign from his job and devote his time
    to writing and travel.
  • He wrote many other novels, none as successful as
    A Separate Peace.

  • Devon School in New Hampshire
  • The central story begins less than a year after
    December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl
    Harbor, in Hawaii.

A Separate Peace
  • War is in the background of this bubble it
    affects the boys, but not directly
  • Main characters are juniors.
  • They attend an elite private boarding school.

  • a story in the present that refers back to an
    event(s) that occurred in the past.
  • In ASP- starts in the present with Gene returning
    to his school and remembering a happening that
    occurred 15 years previously.
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