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Gene Forrester, Chapter 2 hineas could get away with anything.I couldn’t help envying him that a little. Sources: The National World War II Museum, Readings on A Separate Peace by Jill Karson, Slate Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Rivers Symbolize purity on one hand and worldliness on the other Summer &Winter Terms Represent fun and innocence, and grim reality, respectively The Tree Represents the fun of youth destroyed by rivalry Symbols Prep school student leader; loves order and conformity,as well as truth Brinker Hadley Shy, gentle, nature-loving boy dramatically changed by serving in World War II Leper Lepellier Fun-loving, athletic boy; has fantasies that deny the reality of the war Finny Conformist prep school boy; both adores and envies his best friend Finny Gene Forrester Main Characters After working as a journalist and magazine editor, Knowles wrote A Separate Peace based on his own youthful experience at Exeter Academy, a prestigious boys’ prep school in New England. The novel was a huge success and is recognized as a classic coming-of-age story. JOHN KNOWLES1926–2001 Author Personal conflicts and World War II threaten to end the boys’ youthful fun. War Gene forms a rivalry with Finny while trying to findhis identity. Friendship & Rivalry Gene fears total freedombut is also envious of Finny’s fearlessness. Freedom vs. Conformity Phineas is perfect in his carefree youthful freedom and superb athleticism. Gene, Finny’s best friend, envies his talent and peaceful nature. With the threat of war looming over the prep school boys, Gene will harm Finny to appease his envy and to free his own identity. Innocence,Envy & War THEMES English Original Language 1959 Year Published John Knowles Author A SeparatePeace Drama Novel

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