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Analysis of A Separate Peace- The title of the novel A Separate Peace implies many insights which show how tranquillity existed at the Devon School that which occurred during a specific time period or that of certain characters The Summer Session of Devon served as a peaceful interval between the spring and fall semesters during which Gene and Phineas found peace within themselves The Summer Session was a few dozen boys being force-fed education The rules were not enforced strictly if they were enforced at all The boys had been an idiosyncratic leaderless bandundirected except by the eccentric notions of Phineas Knowles 66 During the Summer Session Gene and Phineas were also ineligible to be drafted into the army They were in shaky transit from the status of Lower Middler to Upper Middler and were not old enough to go to war Knowles 7 Because of their playful behavior and their age the boys lived a separate peace away from rules the rest of the world and the war At the termination of the Summer Session Gene commented that peace had deserted Devon Knowles 64 Another example of how a separate peace had existed at Devon was Phineas On page 195 Gene comments on how nothing had broken Finnys harmonious and natural unity Knowles 195 The one way in which Finny achieved and maintained his state of harmony was denial The most evident example was his response to the war His view was that there isnt any war and the whole situation was invented by fat old men in attempt to keep the kids in line Knowles 107 His reaction was caused by the fact that he happened to be injured and unable to participate Finnys way in establishing
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