The first chapter of A Separate Peace establishes the character Gene Forrester, who in actuality is a portrayal of John Knowles himself, according to a recent interview....
In the novel A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles, the hostility between Gene and Finny increase because of the competition inside of them both to be better then one another.
In response to Guy Markle. Sir you have got it wrong. Zionism is about returning to the Jews’ eternal home, it was a dream, now it is a reality. All Jews may return if they so desire. To try to equate Zionism with Nazism is a wicked transgression because Zion is in the heart, it doesn’t mean that other people should be eliminated (sic). You may say that the arabs have suffered, that’s true, but they have been fed an impossible dream, that the Jews (Israel) can be defeated and the land ‘from the river to the sea’ can be theirs again (it never was theirs in the first place, just look at history Ottoman Empire, British Mandate etc.) They have turned down offers of peace over and over again. Israel tried withdrawing from Gaza in the hope of a peaceful settlement, but we all know what happened with the rise of Hamas. So Mr Markle I suggest you educate yourself on the subject before commenting.
Thirdly, anti-Zionism is separate and quite different from being anti- Israel. It is important not to conflate the one from the other. Thus it is quite possible for Jews – even – to be Zionistic but anti-Israel (or even vice versa) and many Jews are Zionistic but anti-Israel in the sense of being highly critical of many policies of the Israeli Government.
*****Artsot Ha-Hayyim, pages 52a, 52b: In 1992 a book was published by a leading member of the Satmar community entitled Artsot Ha-Hayyim. On p. 52 he explains, and quotes other rabbis, that the reason Abraham Lincoln was killed was because he freed the blacks. this is also the reason why Kennedy was killed, i.e. because he was good to the blacks. He continues by saying that this will be the fate of any who adopt a progressive attitude towards blacks, because they are meant to be enslaved.
Continuous arrests fill the jails and prisons to the rafters, as at this precise moment, public opinion and the press are reduced to silence…. Political parties and religious sects have been eliminated…. Today the people want freedom. You should, Mr. President, liberalize the regime, promote democracy, guarantee minimum civil rights, recognize the opposition so as to permit the citizens to express themselves without fear, thus removing grievances and resentments.
The notion of equality is important to Gene when he considers his friendship with Finny. Much of his hesitation over jumping has less to do with a fear of dying than a fear of subordination, of blindly following Finny's desires.
"We were the best of friends at that moment." This passage comes right after Gene and Phineas have made their first jump from the tree into the chilly Devon River during the Summer Session.
A. The title represents Finny’s his world of sports that is kept separate from the impeding world of war that he did not want to recognize because he is not accepted into any of the armed forces. B. The clues given in the title are that something will separate peacefully. C. The title can be related to the plot of the story, in that Finny and Gene’s worlds separated peacefully until Finny’s death.
John Knowles’ A Separate Peace deals with the issue of war and peace by showing Peace, personified by Phineas, to be happy, naïve and confident, and War, personified by Gene, to be tortured, malicious and insecure, and that resolution to the conflict between them comes only from an understanding of the world around them....
Ho made his first appearance on the world stage at the Versailles peace conference in 1919, following World War I. Wearing a borrowed suit and using the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc (Nguyen the Patriot), Ho presented a letter to the leaders of the victorious nations respectfully asking for recognition of the rights of the Vietnamese people. These rights included equal justice in the courts; freedoms of the press, speech, assembly, education, and travel; and the “replacement of the [colonial] regime of arbitrary decrees by a regime of law.” U.S. President Woodrow Wilson had previously indicated his support for the principle of self-determination, telling Congress on February 11, 1918:
During the last months of the war, the Viet Minh formed an alliance with American forces against the Japanese. U.S. agents from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), relied on Viet Minh networks for intelligence information and for assistance in rescuing downed American airmen. OSS officer Major Archimedes Patti was in charge of training some 400 Viet Minh soldiers in the use of American weapons. He was impressed with their courage and tenacity as well as with Ho Chi Minh’s leadership qualities. The OSS appointed Ho “Agent 19” and gave him a gift of six revolvers. Ho appreciated the gift, but America’s friendship was far more important. He hoped it would help him secure Vietnamese national independence after the war.
For the sake of peace, we have made concessions. But the more conciliatory we are, the more aggressive the French colonists become. They are determined to reconquer our country. No! We would rather sacrifice everything. We are determined not to lose our country and not be enslaved. Dear compatriots, we must rise up. Male and female, old and young, regardless of religion, political party, ethnicity, all Vietnamese must rise up to fight French colonialism and to save the fatherland.
To understand the wrong that Jews are doing, we need to look at how, and especially why the Jewish nation formed. The father of Judaism, and of all Abrahamic religions, is Abraham Our Father [Abraham the Patriarch], who symbolizes mercy. The Midrash (Beresheet Rabah) tells us that when Abraham saw his countryfolk arguing and quarrelling he tried to make peace and help them unite. In the words of the Midrash, he tried to “patch up” all the people in the world.