A Separate Piece
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A. Title and Author - A Separate Peace by John Knowles
B. Story Setting - The story starts off at the Devon school, which is a prep school in New
England at 1958. But the rest of the story takes place through a flashback of his days when he
was a student at Devon during 1943.
C. Main Characters - Gene Forrester - Gene is the narrator of the novel and appears at two
different time periods: as a middle-aged man re-visiting Devon fifteen years after being a student
there, and, for the majority of the novel, as a sixteen and seventeen-year-old student during World
War II. The novel is written in the past tense, and we assume that Gene's narration is triggered by
his re-visitation of his old school when he is thirty-two. And although the older narrator seems
long past the emotional turmoil that marked his schoolboy days, the events of his years at Devon
are told as if they were occurring in the present, as if our narrator were still sixteen years old. The
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