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A Separate Peace | Study Guide

John Knowles

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Perspective and Narrator

A Separate Peace is told in the first person from the perspective of Gene Forrester, who recounts his memories of attending a prep school as a teenager.


A Separate Peace is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title A Separate Peace refers to a military term that describes the ability of one country to make peace with the enemy of one of its allies. In the novel, the characters seek a sense of peace that is separate from the war that rages outside the walls of their school and threatens their childhoods.


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