A Separate Peace Essay
John Knowles’ novel A Separate Peace is the story of Gene Forrester who struggles to come to grips with the guilt over his role in a traumatic event from his childhood. The novel, told as a flashback from the perspective of an adult Gene, looks back on his friendship with a private school classmate and Gene’s destructive feelings of jealousy, fear, and anger.
Write a 3-5 page literary analysis that explores one of the attached essay topics.
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Using the events of the book, trace the journey by which Gene is transformed from an unconfident, fearful, angry teenager to a grown up who has managed to successfully deal with these negative feelings and to live a life of inner peace and harmony. Since the object of this essay is to show how Gene gets from POINT A to POINT B, you need to decide upon the stages or steps of development which make up his journey and what he eventually learns by the end of the novel. It is imperative that telling quotes and analysis from the book’s final chapter is used to illustrate the final stage of his growth.
Essay option #2: Using the scenes and events from the novel, compare the personalities, characteristics, and motivations of both Gene and Finny. Explore how Knowles portrays both characters in the novel. The thesis in your introduction should lay out general ideas about both characters and which one is better suited to be successful in this world and why. You will support your thesis by selecting specific examples of each character’s behavior and then discussing whether that behavior is “typical” or uncharacteristic of human beings in general. Your essay will include analysis of BOTH characters’ actions and motivations.
Honors option #1: By...