History Literature / ASeparatePeace

13th Jun '14 11:58:40 PM nemui10pm
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Surprisingly required reading in a lot of schools, despite the HomoeroticSubtext.

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Surprisingly required reading in a lot of schools, despite the HomoeroticSubtext. HomoeroticSubtext.

'''The examples below will discuss major twists at length. Do not continue reading if you want to avoid spoilers.'''



* AmbiguousInnocence: Finny, by way of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. He's consistently depicted as friendly and kind, and at the end of the book, Gene concludes that [[spoiler: Finny was free of the paranoid outlook borne by everyone else in the story]]. However, Gene is an UnreliableNarrator, and Finny is [[spoiler: revealed as a StepfordSmiler near the story's end, suggesting that some of his innocent behavior may be a facade]].
* AnAesop
* BoardingSchool: Devon
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Leper]].
** Also [[spoiler: Finny.]]
* BuryYourGays - [[spoiler:Finny]]

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* AmbiguousInnocence: Finny, by way of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. He's consistently depicted as friendly and kind, and at the end of the book, Gene concludes that [[spoiler: Finny was free of the paranoid outlook borne by everyone else in the story]]. story. However, Gene is an UnreliableNarrator, and Finny is [[spoiler: revealed as a StepfordSmiler near the story's end, suggesting that some of his innocent behavior may be a facade]].
* AnAesop
facade.
* BoardingSchool: Devon
The story is set in Devon, a fictional prep school based on a real school that Knowles attended.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Leper]].
BreakTheCutie:
** Also [[spoiler: Finny.]]
* BuryYourGays - [[spoiler:Finny]]
[[spoiler:Leper]], Gene's good natured classmate, does not adjust well to war at all and gets a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_8_(military) Section 8]] discharge.
** [[spoiler:Finny]] seems to take [[spoiler:the leg injury]] well... Until he breaks down in front of Gene and reveals that denying WWII is happening is his way of coping with the knowledge that he is no longer fit for military service.



* [[spoiler:CareerEndingInjury]]: happens to Finny, and gets the plot going.
* CloudCuckoolander: Leper
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The stairs.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Gene has quite a few good moments.
* [[spoiler: DeathByIrony]]
* [[spoiler: DeathByNewberyMedal]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Gene's description of Devon.

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* [[spoiler:CareerEndingInjury]]: happens to Finny, and gets CareerEndingInjury: Finny is never the plot going.
* CloudCuckoolander: Leper
same again after his leg injury.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The stairs.]]
At the beginning, Gene (as an adult) visits the marble stairs and notes that they are very hard. Near the end, this is where [[spoiler:Finny breaks his leg for the second time]], ultimately leading to his death.
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* DeadpanSnarker: Gene has quite a few good moments.
%% * [[spoiler: DeathByIrony]]
DeathByIrony
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* [[spoiler: DeathByNewberyMedal]]
DeathByNewberyMedal
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]
DownerEnding
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Gene's description of Devon.



* GreenEyes: Finny's, as [[WhatBeautifulEyes pointed out repeatedly by Gene]].
* HomoeroticSubtext: So blatant that the book has been banned from some libraries, but still ''just'' subtle enough for PlausibleDeniability.
* MemeticBadass: Leper, an in universe example. When he goes off to join the army, the students joke about how he has been at every major battle in the war.
** While the other boys may see him as this, it's a actually a big subversion. While they're joking about him winning the war, he's at boot camp, [[spoiler: longing for his collection of snails and the beaver dam, trying to retain his individuality and not go crazy. He fails.]]
* MindScrew: Lots and lots of it.

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* GreenEyes: Finny's, Finny's eyes are green, as [[WhatBeautifulEyes pointed out repeatedly by Gene]].
Gene]], and fits with his spirited, carefree personality.
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* HomoeroticSubtext: So blatant that the book has been banned from some libraries, but still ''just'' subtle enough for PlausibleDeniability.
* MemeticBadass: Leper, an in universe example. When he goes off to join the army, the students joke about how he has been at every major battle in the war.
** While the other boys may see him as this,
war. However, it's a actually a big subversion. While they're joking about him winning the war, he's at boot camp, [[spoiler: longing [[spoiler:longing for his collection of snails and the beaver dam, trying to retain his individuality and not go crazy. He fails.]]
crazy]].
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* MindScrew: Lots and lots of it.



* PrecisionFStrike: At the 'trial'. The film version applies GoshDangItToHeck here.

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%% * PrecisionFStrike: At the 'trial'. The film version applies GoshDangItToHeck here.



* RefugeInAudacity[=/=]SarcasticConfession: When accused of injuring his friend on purpose, the main character jumps into a series of increasingly ludicrous things he obviously didn't really do to him, such as sleeping with his sister, which culminates in knocking him out of the tree.
** RefugeInAudacity: Finny's main means of avoiding punishment from teachers.
* StepfordSmiler: Finny
* [[spoiler: TragicBromance]]: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Finny and Gene's relationship bears most hallmarks of this trope--they're [[HeterosexualLifePartners very]] [[HomoeroticSubtext close]] and [[spoiler: Gene is profoundly affected by Finny's death, even fifteen years later]]--but it's subverted in that [[spoiler: Gene doesn't truly consider Finny his best friend due to his deep-seated jealousy and paranoia, feelings which cause the accident that eventually leads to Finny's death.]]
* UnknownRival: PlayedForDrama. Gene secretly views Finny as his rival and assumes Finny feels the same; this leads him to cause Finny's accident. [[spoiler: At the end of the book, Gene reflects that everyone acts this way, constructing lines of defense against an imagined enemy; only Finny ([[UnreliableNarrator according to Gene]]) didn't behave this way.]]
* UnreliableNarrator
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII

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%% * RefugeInAudacity[=/=]SarcasticConfession: When accused of injuring his friend on purpose, the main character jumps into a series of increasingly ludicrous things he obviously didn't really do to him, such as sleeping with his sister, which culminates in knocking him out of the tree.
%% ** RefugeInAudacity: Finny's main means of avoiding punishment from teachers.
%% * StepfordSmiler: Finny
* [[spoiler: TragicBromance]]: TragicBromance: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Finny and Gene's relationship bears most hallmarks of this trope--they're [[HeterosexualLifePartners very]] [[HomoeroticSubtext close]] and [[spoiler: Gene is profoundly affected by Finny's death, even fifteen years later]]--but later--but it's subverted in that [[spoiler: Gene doesn't truly consider Finny his best friend due to his deep-seated jealousy and paranoia, feelings which cause the accident that eventually leads to Finny's death.]]
death.
* UnknownRival: PlayedForDrama. Gene secretly views Finny as his rival and assumes Finny feels the same; this leads him to cause Finny's accident. [[spoiler: At the end of the book, Gene reflects that everyone acts this way, constructing lines of defense against an imagined enemy; only Finny ([[UnreliableNarrator according to Gene]]) didn't behave this way.]]
way.
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* UnreliableNarrator
%% * UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
25th Jan '14 1:32:39 PM LongLiveHumour
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''A Separate Peace'' is a 1959 novel by John Knowles, a coming-of-age story symbolizing Cold-War paranoia during WorldWarII. The events take place from Summer, 1942 to Summer, 1943.

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''A Separate Peace'' is a 1959 novel by John Knowles, a coming-of-age story symbolizing Cold-War paranoia during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The events take place from Summer, 1942 to Summer, 1943.



* WorldWarII

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* WorldWarIIUsefulNotes/WorldWarII
29th Aug '13 11:45:52 AM MacronNotes
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* TheMessiah: Phineas
23rd May '13 8:55:59 AM murex
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* AmbiguousInnocence: Finny, by way of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. He's consistently depicted as friendly and kind, and at the end of the book, Gene concludes that [[spoiler: Finny was free of the paranoid outlook borne by everyone else in the story]]. However, Gene is an UnreliableNarrator, and Finny is [[spoiler: revealed as a StepfordSmiler near the story's end, suggesting that some of his innocent behavior may be a facade]].
23rd May '13 8:50:21 AM murex
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* GayBravado: Finny [[RealMenWearPink wears a pink shirt]] without caring if he looks like "a fairy."


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* [[spoiler: TragicBromance]]: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Finny and Gene's relationship bears most hallmarks of this trope--they're [[HeterosexualLifePartners very]] [[HomoeroticSubtext close]] and [[spoiler: Gene is profoundly affected by Finny's death, even fifteen years later]]--but it's subverted in that [[spoiler: Gene doesn't truly consider Finny his best friend due to his deep-seated jealousy and paranoia, feelings which cause the accident that eventually leads to Finny's death.]]
* UnknownRival: PlayedForDrama. Gene secretly views Finny as his rival and assumes Finny feels the same; this leads him to cause Finny's accident. [[spoiler: At the end of the book, Gene reflects that everyone acts this way, constructing lines of defense against an imagined enemy; only Finny ([[UnreliableNarrator according to Gene]]) didn't behave this way.]]
20th May '13 8:01:11 PM murex
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: During the film version of the 'trial', the boys sing "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" to their own tune for no apparent reason.
17th Apr '13 4:51:09 PM Littlechucklittle
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** While the other boys may see him as this, it's a actually a big subversion. While they're joking about him winning the war, he's at boot camp, [[spoiler: longing for his collection of snails and the beaver dam, trying to retain his individuality and not go crazy. He fails.]]
1st Apr '13 8:43:52 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: During the film version of the 'trial', the boys sing "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" to their own tune for no apparent reason.



* PrecisionFStrike: At the 'trial'.

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* PrecisionFStrike: At the 'trial'. The film version applies GoshDangItToHeck here.
13th Jan '13 5:28:08 PM mlsmithca
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* {{Boarding School}}: Devon
* {{Break the Cutie}} :[[spoiler: Leper]].

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* {{Boarding School}}: BoardingSchool: Devon
* {{Break the Cutie}} :[[spoiler: BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Leper]].



* ForeShadowing: Gene's description of Devon.

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* ForeShadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: Gene's description of Devon.



* {{Refuge In Audacity}}/{{Sarcastic Confession}}: When accused of injuring his friend on purpose, the main character jumps into a series of increasingly ludicrous things he obviously didn't really do to him, such as sleeping with his sister, which culminates in knocking him out of the tree.

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* {{Refuge In Audacity}}/{{Sarcastic Confession}}: RefugeInAudacity[=/=]SarcasticConfession: When accused of injuring his friend on purpose, the main character jumps into a series of increasingly ludicrous things he obviously didn't really do to him, such as sleeping with his sister, which culminates in knocking him out of the tree.



* {{World War II}}
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* {{World War II}}
WorldWarII
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13th Jan '13 5:11:58 PM chihuahua0
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Devon is a thinly veiled version of the high school John Knowles attended, PhillipsExeterAcademy.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Devon is a thinly veiled version of the high school John Knowles attended, PhillipsExeterAcademy.Phillips Exeter Academy.



* RealMenWearPink: Happens quite literally once: Finny wears a pink shirt and ignores any comments about it.

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* RealMenWearPink: Happens quite literally once: Finny wears a pink shirt and ignores any comments about it.






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