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Thesis The five main characters in John Knowles A Separate Peace represent social stereotypes according to some people In his book A Separate Peace John Knowles represents jocks with Phineas a character who believes that sports are the key to life Phineas is more of a sportsman than a jock Real jocks only care about winning Phineas makes sure its not possible for anyone to win or lose Chet Douglas is an exaggerated prep just like Phineas is an exaggerated jock He is obsessed with learning just for the sake of learning No real hardcore prep thinks that way Chet Douglas lives in his own educational world Hes so absorbed in this alternate reality in which Calculus has a justified existence that he forgets what the school is trying to teach him and actually goes out and seeks more academia than what the school is already shoving down his and everyone elses throat The standard prep is only concerned with being on the top of the Honor Roll so that everybodys parents can marvel at how smart she is There is one character that fits into no stereotype Leper Lepillier is an individualist Individualists are people who dont conform to social norms just for the sake of being accepted by others Real individualists are not those people with blue and green hair you see on talk shows Those people conform to a subculture something that was less common during World War II The real individualists of the world are quickly disappearing as conformity becomes more popular I havent met any real individualists so I cant say whether or not Knowles exaggerates Lepilliers lack of stereotype In modern society there is pressure on individualists to conform to the most prominent subculture in the local area I think Those who fail to conform become outcasts like the character Quackenbush Outcasts are
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