Although set in World War II, the novel explores a crucial cultural theme of the '50s, the motivations of a young man making a troubled transition from childhood to adulthood. Like the novels Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye, as well as the film Rebel Without a Cause, A Separate Peace dramatizes the challenge of growing up to be a truly individual adult in a conformist world. World War II provides the novel's historical backdrop, a time when young men anticipated the enforced conformity and danger of war service. Fifteen million American men joined the military during World War II, with universal service accepting virtually all young men 18 and older who stood taller than five feet and weighed more than pounds.
It was, however, a union of crowns and not of kingdoms. In size, institutions, traditions, and, partly, even language, the two kingdoms differed greatly. Within the kingdom… Geography The provinces of Tarragona, Barcelonaand Girona have a Mediterranean shoreline, and the low-lying Catalanides range separates the coastal plain from the Ebro river basin.
The Catalanides have historically separated the industrial towns of the coast from the predominantly agricultural settlements of the hinterlands. North of the Catalanides is a high tableland that comprises most of Lleida province.
The principal rivers in Catalonia are the Ter, Llobregat, and Ebro, all of which flow into the Mediterranean.
A Mediterranean climate prevails throughout most of Catalonia, with hot, dry summers and mild, relatively rainy winters. The towns of the Catalan coast have dominated the development of the region, with the result that the population is heavily concentrated along the Mediterranean, increasingly depopulating the hinterland.
In the 20th century there was additional concentration of population in the city of Barcelona and its satellite towns. Slightly more than one-third of Catalonia remains under cultivation, and the traditional crops of olives and grapes are being supplanted by fruits and vegetables for consumption in the cities.
The raising of pigs and cows is the dominant agricultural activity.
The autonomous community of Catalonia is the richest and most highly industrialized part of Spain. The manufacturing sector underwent rapid expansion and diversification since the s, however, and metalworking, food-processing, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries had overtaken textiles in importance by the 21st century.
Textilepapermaking and graphic arts, chemicals, and metalworking industries are concentrated in Barcelona ; Sabadell and Terrassa are also textile centres. Services, particularly those of tourism and transportation, are highly developed.
CataloniaA castell, or traditional Catalan human tower, being assembled at a festival in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. From the 17th century it was the centre of a separatist movement that sometimes dominated Spanish affairs. Catalonia was one of the first Roman possessions in Spain. Occupied during the 5th century ce by the Gothsit was taken by the Moors in and at the end of the 8th century by Charlemagnewho incorporated it into his realm as the Spanish March, ruled by a count.
Frankish suzerainty over Catalonia was merely nominalhowever, and was completely rejected during the reign of Count Borrell died Roman amphitheatreRoman amphitheatre at Tarragona, Spain.
Catalonia monopolized trade in the western Mediterranean in the 13th and 14th centuries, and Catalan interests dominated the union with Aragon untilwhen the male line of the counts of Barcelona became extinct.
In the War of the Spanish SuccessionCatalonia declared its support for the archduke Charles and resisted the accession of the Bourbon dynasty in Spain, but in it was completely subjugated by the forces of the Bourbon Philip Vwho abolished the Catalan constitution and autonomy.
Catalan nationalism became a serious force afterwhen the defeat of the Carlists led the church to transfer its support to the movement for autonomy.
Catalan nationalism had two major strands: The former was initially predominant, particularly in the first decades of the 20th century.
By Catalonia had won a slight degree of autonomy, but the legislation conferring it was repealed in by Miguel Primo de Riverawho attacked all manifestations of Catalan nationalism.A Separate Peace Questions and Answers.
The Question and Answer section for A Separate Peace is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. In the political realm a revolution is distinguished from a rebellion by which side of the conflict one sides with.
In the spiritual/doctrinal realm this distinction is determined by whether or not the agitator is faithful to God and His Word. John Knowles' best-known work, A Separate Peace, remains one of the most popular post-war novels about adolescence. Although set in World War II, the novel expl.
A Separate Peace, written by John Knowles, is a novel about the difficulties of childhood during World War II. The main characters, Gene and Finny, attend Devon School, an all-boys boarding school located in New Hampshire.
A Separate Peace - Theme Blog Conformity vs. Nonconformity (Sara, Natalie, Peighton, Michael P., Cole) Clearly, Finny is wearing this shirt as an act of rebellion, he knows he is breaking the school's rules and is doing it anyway.
His reason for wearing this shirt is that he wants to celebrate the Allies achievements in the war. In the aftermath of the Morant Bay rebellion that broke out on 11 October , the Governor of Jamaica, Edward John Eyre, ordered extensive and harsh reprisals against Black Jamaicans in the county of Surrey under a period of martial law lasting from 13 October to 13 November.