A Separate Peace. Chapter analisys
1. How does Gene describe the school when he visits it as an adult?
He described it as, “looking oddly newer than it had fifteen years before”. Saying it seemed more sedate then he remembered, more perpendicular and strait-laced, the windows seemingly more narrow and shinier woodwork, seeming as though a coat of varnish had covered everything for preservation. (Chapter 1, page 1)
What is this an example of? This is an example of imagery.
Why? Gene is describing the school in depth and immense detail, almost taking you to the school as you read.
2. Read the full description of the war and how it affected American life on pages 32-33. It is full of imagery and true description. What does Gene say about it? Gene says that war was and is a reality for him, that he still lives and thinks instinctively in the war’s atmosphere. (Chapter 3, page 32.)
How does it make him feel? That the prevailing color of life in America is a dull, dark green called olive drab – always respectable and always important. (Chapter 3, page 33.)
3. Describe Finny’s character. For example, what does his refusal to make his accomplishments public say about him? Finny is a modest person, and does not like to brag about his accomplishments.
What does the teachers’ attitude toward him suggest about his personality? That his personality is open and free, and that he is not scared/intimidated by his teachers, and shows this by talking with them and treating them as if they are equal.
4. What does Finny say to Gene at the end of Chapter 3? “I hope you’re having a pretty good time here. I know I kind of dragged you away at the point of a gun, but after all, you can’t come to the shore with just anybody and you can’t come by yourself, and at this teen-age period in life, the proper person is your best pal. Which is what you are.” (Chapter 3, page 40.)
Why do you think Gene does not respond? I believe Gene did not respond due to the fact that he