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Grant-King 1 Jahlen Grant-King Mrs. Kirby AP Literature and Composition In the novel, A Separate Peace , John Knowles portrays adolescence as a time graced by both innocence and terror: a time when new experiences and revaluations are discovered and carried throughout the rest of our lives as bittersweet memories. The novel’s main character, Gene, finds himself reflecting back to the days when he and his best friend held a silent rebellion and explored their limitations before they were sent off to fight in the army during World War II; often referred to as the “Summer of 1942”. However, despite their ‘lolly-gagging’ and childish play, they find themselves becoming victims of reality and forced out of their rose-colored paradise rather violently. Knowles explores the centralized idea that identity is best discovered through ones own pursuit. Adolescence is a time where one can find their true identity and not have to hide behind/try to take another: such as Gene and Finny. It’s a time for individualism and independence: no matter how scary and challenging things may turn out to be. Adolescence, as mentioned previously, is often perceived to be a time of growth. Whether it be physical or psychological or- in some cases- both, it’s generally a time when change is transpiring. In Gene's case, it proved to be a time when both supporting
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