A Separate Peace (Literature) - TV Tropes
The Hostility Between Gene and Finny in A Separate Peace by John Knowles . in the novels A Separate Peace and The Great Gatsby respectively, show relationships . the subtle goal and essence of his novel by titling it A Separate Peace. Theory. In all actuality, John Knowles was gay. One theory is that this novel was written as . Phineas begins his "usual nighttime monologue", making sure Gene had a good .. In any case, this information would not belong in the Plot summary, as the goal of that section is to state what occurs in the text, not interpret it. Chapter 4: What does the narrator think Finny feels about his goal to become 4: What two realizations does Gene have about his relationship with Phineas?.
Theory[ edit ] In all actuality, John Knowles was gay. One theory is that this novel was written as a way to express repressed homosexual tendencies to a society where homosexuality was not prevalent at the time. While I feel the section on the homoerotic tones is well written, it violates NPOV and doesn't sound encyclopedic.
A rewrite is desirable.
Knowles wanted ASP to concern the human condition and not be reduced to some kind of homoerotic thriller. I knew him personally for 20 years. I never saw him with any 'wife'.
It's not an informative encyclopedic article as much as it is a thesis or a book report. Wikibooks has summaries like this, I think? It is evident that there is some sort of thing going on from even a cursory reading.
Not to mention that all boy prep schools are known to have a certain level of homosexuality among them either in fact or in lore. There teall should be something about the gay themes in the book since they are almost rampant in the work. I will point out that in the books I have read explaining the hiddden meanings and themes in the book, that it always described Phineas and Gene as "doubles" who were codependent on each other. Evidence of Homosexuality in A Separate Peace[ edit ] -- "Nothing endures, not a tree, not love, not a death by violence.
Let's break it down. But what about that phrase between the two? What could that be? Or, more appropriately, who could that be? It's quite plain that it could definitely be, and in fact probably is, Finny. Just how Gene loved him is not explicitly stated, but as with all works of literature or anything else, for that matter, we must infer from what is given and reach a logical conclusion. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete.
What happens between the two one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of them and their world. But no, it is the summary found on the back of almost any copy of any edition of "A Separate Peace".
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On a similar note, the motion picture adaptation has been published in a list of the 50 greatest romance films of the 20th century. Clearly more people than one have seen in this story the possibility of a couple. This was why he liked me so much. When I jumped on top of him, my knees on his chest, he couldn't ask for anything better.
The narrator at this point in the story is a sixteen-year-old schoolboy, the likes of which as a group are notorious for thinking only of sex. Construe from this information what you will. Knowles could simply have made Finny's emblem the wearing of the school tie as a belt.
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But perhaps it was included to make the reader aware of homosexuality as he read, to subliminally introduce it as a possible undercurrent storyline. Finny doesn't care if Gene or others think he looks like "a fairy", and he even suggests of the other male students that "suitors may begin clamoring at the door" without the least discomfort.
While these may have been used to indicate his general nonchalance, it could also easily be construed that Phineas has thought about this concept before, so much as to become comfortable with the idea. He convinces his friend to go on a three-hour- long bike ride just to get there, then they go swimming together in the ocean.
Finally, they both have a glass of beer and settle down to rest, side by side as they watch the sunset. Phineas begins his "usual nighttime monologue", making sure Gene had a good time and finally explaining that the only proper person for a teenaged boy to bring to the beach with him was his best friend. A hesitant pause follows, before "Which is what you are.
We are not truly sure if he even succeeds. There is also the time when Dr. Stanpole informs Gene before he goes to see Finny after his fall, "He wanted especially to see you. You were the one person he asked for. He doesn't quite seem to know what they are, but he certainly doesn't feel comfortable with them, and he definitely doesn't like them.
It is arguable throughout the novel that this is partly because his feelings are more than friendship. Though we never learn for certain what Finny feels, through quotes like "I was used to finding something deadly in things that attracted me; there was always something deadly lurking in anything I wanted, anything I loved.
And if it wasn't there, as for example with Phineas, then I put it there myself.
Completely unawares, he outright tells his listener that he is indeed attracted to Phineas; not only that, but Gene wants him, Gene loves him. He seems to think that he's just being objective, that anyone who saw or was aquainted with Finny would think these things.
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Yet we are never, throughout the entire novel, given any indication that this is the case. Gene's thoughts are consistently colored by his feelings; take for example the following quotes. However, Gene is an Unreliable Narratorand Finny is revealed as a Stepford Smiler near the story's end, suggesting that some of his innocent behavior may be a facade.
Gene, with his extremely detailed descriptions of Finny's body, very unnecessarily long description of Brinker's butt, and worship of Finny in general. Finny also applies due to his overly pure, unwavering love for Gene. Additionally, we can't forget the pink shirt scene.
How do Gene and Finny mirror each other in A Separate Peace?
Nobody knows if Gene shook the branch due to an impulse, a conscious decision, or a minor loss of balance. We're not sure if we can trust what Gene himself says about the incident in the first place And Finny, half of the main duo, does. Finny is the most beautiful out of all the Devon boys as well as the best person, although this is all based on Gene's narration, and Gene isn't the greatest at being objective.
Beware the Nice Ones: Leper implies this when it comes to Gene, stating pointedly that the latter is quite kind until he has something to lose. Big Man on Campus: Brinker too, once the Winter Session rolls around.
The story is set in Devon, a fictional prep school based on a real school that Knowles attended. Gene, one of Devon's best students, and Finny, one of Devon's best athletes—although this isn't so black and white. Gene mentions that though he's not nearly as good as Finny, he is a decent athlete, and Finny is smart, just not academically. Leper, Gene's good natured classmate, does not adjust well to war at all and gets a Section 8 discharge.
Finny seems to take the leg injury well Until he breaks down in front of Gene and reveals that denying WWII is happening is his way of coping with the knowledge that he is no longer fit for military service. Gene's perception of Finny is a muddled mix of deep-buried resentment and idealization of his friend. The latter gets dashed real quick when Finny unpacks his own feelings of depression regarding his Career-Ending Injury.
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Finny is never the same again after his leg injury. At the beginning, Gene as an adult visits the marble stairs and notes that they are very hard. Near the end, this is where Finny breaks his leg for the second time, ultimately leading to his death.Fathers Love - Relationship Goals ❤
The version of this trope where the cast is all-male. This makes sense, as Devon is a boys-only boarding school. There is one woman who is mentioned briefly due to being the wife of the substitute headmaster, but she gets one completely insignificant scene and that's it. Finny, who is optimistic, idealistic, and energetic. Gene is this for Finny, who is his best friend. Gene seems to see his friendship with Finny this way, but he's an Unreliable Narratorand other people don't seem to exactly treat him like a loser Gene and Finny, respectively.
Gene mentions that was his "sarcastic summer. Finny dies of a complication in his second surgery, and Gene is still struggling with his own feelings of grief and futility many years later.
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The book follows a young girl as she sets up a secret library to lend out the books her middle school has banned. I wanted to write a main character that would appeal to them—who wasn't doing something terrible but who was rebelling against something because she felt it was the right thing to do.
They're often in touch with their inner child. So I try to put myself in that space and stay connected to it. They want to please adults, too. A picture book may say ages 3 to 8 on the cover, but children's book authors are aware that grownups are usually the ones who will be reading their text out loud. He tries to make their lives a little easier by adding interesting wordplay that keeps readers of all ages entertained.
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So I think picture book writing is probably most similar to writing lyrics.