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Title: A Separate Peace by John Knowles


1
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
2
Background on the Author
  • Born 1926
  • Fairmont,West Virginia
  • Age fifteen attended Phillips Exeter Academy in
    New Hampshire
  • Served briefly in armed forces during WWII
  • Graduated Yale in 1949
  • Earned William Faulkner Award in 1959

JOHN KNOWLES
3
Background on the Novel
  • Setting Devon School during summer of 1942
  • Main Characters Gene Forrester Phineas

4
Background on WWII
  • Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor
  • U.S. declared war on Evil Axis (Germany, Italy,
    and Japan)
  • By the time U.S. got involved Germany had already
    conquered most of Europe
  • Germans used battle strategy called blitzkrieg
  • U.S., Great Britain and Soviet Union were called
    the Allies

5
Background on WWII Cont.
  • Materials for war were in short supply
  • On the home front everyone pitched in
  • Government Bonds
  • Scrap Metal Drives
  • Rationing
  • Rosie the Riveter
  • Victory Gardens
  • Window Banners
  • Special Privilege for Soldiers

6
Summary of the Plot
  • In this novel, the 16 year old boys seem unable
    to
  • ignore the war. Their elite prep school
    insulates
  • the boys from what is going on to some extent,
  • however, the realization that in less than a year
  • they will reach the age of military service is
    always
  • in the back of their minds. Along with the
    feelings
  • of patriotism came the knowledge that they might
  • possibly be killed.

7
Themes
  • Friendship
  • Conformity vs. Rebellion
  • Truth vs. Falsehood
  • Growth and Maturity
  • The Stress of War
  • Confession
  • Good vs. Evil

8
Symbols
  • The Tree
  • The Pink Shirt
  • The Two Rivers
  • Blitzball

9
Literary Techniques
  • Flashback
  • Foreshadowing
  • Symbolism
  • Allusion

10
A Quote
  • Plus cest la meme chose, plus ca change
  • The more things remain the same, the more they
    change after all-Nothing endures, not a tree, not
    love, not even death by violence.
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