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A Separate Peace


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Title: A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace Ch. 13
  • Boys dont talk about what happened to Finny or
    accuse Gene of hurting him.
  • They couldnt believe it.
  • They couldnt understand it.
  • Gene recognizes that war, despite Phineas, does
    exist and that it grows out of the ignorance of
    the human heart.

Brinkers Dad
  • Represents old, outdated view of war.
  • Thinks war is glamorous.
  • War defines a mans worth.
  • Brinker embarrassed by his fathers attitude.
  • Gene realizes the his private evil, which caused
    him to hurt Finny, is the same evil only
    magnified that results in war.

Boys - War
  • Boys not eager to go to war.
  • Gene Navy
  • Hopes never to see a foxhole
  • Brinker Coastguard
  • Relatively safe choice (wont see as much combat)
  • Views adults attitude towards war as childish

Gene Learns
  • The enemy never comes from without, but always
    from within.
  • There is no defense to be built, only an
    acceptance and purification of oneself through
  • Every person will experience a breaking point
    where they recognize the reality of the world.
  • (some ideas borrowed from James Ellis)

Key Quote
  • Because it seemed clear that wars were not made
    by generations and their special stupidities, but
    that wars were made instead by something ignorant
    in the human heart (201).

Key Quote
  • Phineas alone had escaped thisNothing as he was
    growing up at home, nothin at Devon, nothing even
    about the war had broken his harmonious and
    natural unity. So at last I had (202-203).

Key Quote
  • I was ready for the war, no that I no longer had
    any hatred to contribute to it. My fury was gone,
    I felt it gone, dried up at the source, withered
    and lifeless. Phineas had absorbed it and taken
    it with him, and I was rid of it forever (203).

Key Quote
  • I never killed anybody and I never developed an
    intense level of hatred for the enemy. Because my
    war ended before I ever put on a uniform I was
    on active duty all my time at school I killed my
    enemy there.
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