John Knowles's A Separate Peace (Bloom's Modern Critical by Harold, Ed Bloom

By Harold, Ed Bloom

Hugely advised for educational collections, this can be one in a chain of books which provides contemporary essays by means of famous critics who research elements of a unmarried literary paintings intimately. This e-book covers John Knowles' 'A Separate Peace'.

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Like that time you knocked Finney out of the tree” (p. 137). Leper, once an innocent himself, can now recognize evil for what it is, and Gene, although fearful of the truth, in yet another step toward self-awareness must return to Devon and Phineas to discover it for himself. Phineas, still holding onto his “separate peace,” reveals to Gene an even more heightened contrast between illusion and reality. As Gene says: The Neo-Romantic Encounter 33 I found Finny beside the woods playing and fighting—the two were approximately the same thing to him—and I stood there wondering whether things weren’t simpler and better at the northern terminus of these woods, a thousand miles due north into the wilderness, somewhere deep into the Arctic, where the peninsula of trees which began at Devon would end at last in an untouched grove of pine, austere and beautiful.

I noticed that he did abide by certain rules, which he seemed to cast in the form of commandments. “Never say you are five feet nine when you are five feet eight and a half ” was the first one I encountered. ” Gene, on the other hand, usually played conservatively, aware at all times of percentages, rules, conventions; consequently, to Gene one of the most astounding of Finny’s feats is not so much his breaking a school swimming record without a day of practice, but his unwillingness to have it publicized or even officially recognized, for what Gene values most, at least in the beginning, is conventional and public approval.

224) It is significant that both narrators of the novels examined in this section grow as individuals through their intimate relationship with the experience of the other, more tragic figures. Bang the Drum Slowly is infinitely more than a dirge or eulogy for a fallen sporting hero. It is a humanistic hymn that, in recognizing man’s fallibility and mortality, also praises his identity in the common experience of all men. No t e s 1. John Knowles, A Separate Peace (New York: Bantam Books, 1966), p.

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