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1Literary Analysis Prompts Walk Through A Separate PeaceLiterary Analysis PromptsWalk Through
2Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (literary allusion) When Frederick Henry deserts from the Italian army at the conclusion of Book III, he states, “Anger washed away in the river along with any obligation.”At the opening of Book IV, Henry asserts: “I have made a separate peace.”
3In many novels, the central setting is highly symbolic and helps to develop the themes and ideas in the novel. Explain how the setting of A Separate Peace is symbolic and how the description of the setting helps to develop a theme of the novel.
4Microcosm Parallels Macrocosm Devon vs. Naguamsett Rivers (Hint: See pg. 68 which begins “We had never used” and ends “. . . astride these two rivers.”)Blog Related to Prompt
5Some novels depict a central incident which serves as a focal point for a major theme or conflict. Select a central incident from A Separate Peace (such as the fall from the tree, Gene’s talk with Finny in his home, or the “trial”), and explain how this incident is crucial and what theme or conflict it reveals.
6Fall from the Tree“It had loomed in my memory as a huge lone spike dominating the riverbank, forbidding as an artillery piece, high as the beanstalk” (13).“The tree was tremendous, an irate steely black steeple beside the river” (14).
7The Tree and Original Sin Key symbolAllegoricalBiblical rendition of original sinInnocent, prideful AdamEats fruit in order to be like God (to know)Loses paradise or innocence beside river of lifeGains chaos outside Garden of Eden
8Adam Mirrors Every Journey from Innocence to Experience (Connect with Gene) Discovery of evil within selfKnowledge of experienceGene’s envy of superior friend growsGene’s pride leads to one moment in treeBefore healing, Finny re-breaks leg—diesGene is radically changed—no longer innocent of his own maliciousnessFilled with guilt—cast out into chaos of WWII
9Your Turn Analyze the Following Events Gene’s talk with Finny in his homeThe “trial”(Perhaps the beach trip)Other events of your choice
10The narrator in A Separate Peace states that at Devon, “there were few relationships not based on rivalry.” Using your own experience, observations, and reading to develop your position, discuss the validity of the assertion as it applies to relationships/friendships in general.
11“I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (25).
12Friendship Quotes (quotes appropriate for this prompt as well as others) Friendship Quotes from A Separate Peace
13Discuss each season’s metaphorical connection with Gene Discuss each season’s metaphorical connection with Gene. (Remember to connect with theme.)
14Remember to discuss Gene’s return to Devon as an adult. Seasons--GeneRemember to discuss Gene’s return to Devon as an adult.“Changed, I headed back through the mud. I was drenched; anybody could see it was time to come in out of the rain.”
15In A Separate Peace, numerous characters escape from reality In A Separate Peace, numerous characters escape from reality. Select a character or characters and discuss the significance of these escapes in portraying a theme in the novel (perhaps man’s inhumanity to man).
17Discuss Gene and Finny as the personification of conformity and nonconformity. (Be sure to address the implications—thematic.)EvidenceThemes
18Compare and contrast the treatment of the haven versus the wilderness motif in A Separate Peace and Dead Poets Society. (Explore theme.)Be sure to qualify your interpretation of wilderness and haven.
20Wilderness A Separate Peace Dead Poets Society (interesting connection with A MidsummerNight’s Dream)
21Write an essay in which you discuss the role of adults in A Separate Peace and Dead Poets Society.
22Adults to ConsiderA Separate PeaceDead Poets Society
23Discuss the incorporation of one or more of the following motifs in A Separate Peace and/or Dead Poet’s Society to convey theme—savior motif, twin motif, innocence to experience motif.
24See Handout on Exploring Theme (Motifs are discussed.)
25Twin Motif QuestionsCan we consider Gene and Finny to be, allegorically, the same person(ality)?Do they or can they, in fact, exist totally separate from one another?When the story begins, does Gene represent one extreme and Finny another?If so, what are those extremes?
26Can you accurately define Gene’s “Phineas filled” personality and explain why “becoming Finny” he is actually able to avoid constructing his “Maginot Lines” and attain A Separate Peace?
27Ma⋅gi⋅not[mazh-uh-noh; Fr. ma-zhee-noh]–noun André, 1877–1932, French minister of war 1929–32: backed construction of Maginot Line. French politician who as minister of war ( and ) proposed a line of fortification, called the Maginot Line, along France's border with Germany. Thought to be impregnable, the line was bypassed and later captured by the Germans (1940).
28Discuss the incorporation of allusions—biblical and/or mythological—in A Separate Peace to convey theme.
29Biblical/Mythological Allusions to Consider The Tree—Original SinCain and Abel (see my web site for synopsis of biblical stories)Finny as the Savior (Christ Figure)Finny as Apollo (lecture notes)Finny as Dionysus (lecture notes)
30Write an essay in which you analyze John Knowles’ title A Separate Peace
31A Separate Peace What are the possibilities? Escape experienced by students in the winter carnival?Escape from reality like Leper’s?
32A Separate Peace Does title relate more to Gene or Finny? How does the title relate to war?What does the title mean in terms of human relationships?Is it possible that the title was taken from Ernest Hemingway’s book A Farewell to Arms?
33Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (literary allusion) When Frederick Henry deserts from the Italian army at the conclusion of Book III, he states, “Anger washed away in the river along with any obligation.”At the opening of Book IV, Henry asserts, “I have made a separate peace.”