A Separate Peace And Nighttime Comparison Essay

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For this summer’s reading project, I had to read two novels. A Separate Peace, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Both stories had contrasting themes and plot, however they also connected in many ways. Two opposite characters, plot, and setting come together to form many common themes and life lessons.

A commonly shared theme in A Separate Peace and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time can be trust. Although each character in their stories show this theme differently, it it still similar in both novels. Christopher, from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, struggles with connecting with others. However, he connects and shows trust with his guidance teacher, Siobhan. In the story Siobhan was someone that Christopher could lean on for support and advice. She was the one who encouraged Christopher to write a story and find the murderer of Mrs. Shears dog. In A Separate Peace, Gene Forrester learned to trust his good friend Phineas. He knew that he could rely on Finny for support and help when his his other peers wouldn’t. Both stories had trust as a theme. Gene and Christopher, although different, still had trust to get through their struggles.

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In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Christopher’s father had lied and tried to cover up the real truth about Christopher’s mother. Towards the end, Christopher and his mother had learned to forgive Christopher’s father. Although the parents remained separate, both families accepted the circumstances and soon began to tie up the loose ends. In A Separate Peace, when Finny had learned the truth about the accident, he forgave Gene for his actions. However, Gene would have never known what Finny wanted to say after. Phineas’ death hit Gene, but without the forgiveness from Finny, Gene may have never been able to live with himself and his