A Separate Peace Essay

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles is a story about many different wars. Gene Forrester is in war inside of himself, the war the boys have to battle against the world in and outside their school, and the war between the nations and generations. These ideas support that war is caused by human flaws. Fear is a bad characteristic of humans because it drives people to do things that they usually would not do. Throughout the whole story, Gene continuously had battle a war within himself. He dealt with two wars, socially and mentally. Mentally, he accused his best friend, Finny, of being against him. Gene blamed Finny of trying to hold him back because Gene is an excellent student, who studies a lot, especially since he is striving to become valedictorian …show more content…
Finny is admired among his peers and him being alone is unbearable for him. Finny found joy in the harmony of the game. Everyone must participate and the game must carry on. He changes the rules for Leper, in blitzball and at the tree, so that Leper would not be excluded. Finny takes one for the team by fighting on both sides of the snowball fight just so the boys could continue playing. World War II is happening, and Finny’s biggest worry was he would not be able to play.
The way Gene was impacted by the war was interesting. He lived with the thought of war approaching just like everyone else, but his emotional disturbance was so extreme compared to Finny that fear of the war became insignificant. His biggest fear was people finding out about him betraying Finny. Later in the novel, Gene enlisted with Brinker because going to war gave him relief-- a way of getting away from his emotional agony. By the end of the book, a Separate Peace by John Knowles, out of the many wars they had to face and had to battle physically and mentally: the war inside of Gene, the war the boys have to battle against the world in and outside their school, and the war between the nations and generations. World War II became a reality for the boys at Devon, and the result of that was the loss of their

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