The Legacy And Consequences Of War Essay

1775 Words Apr 27th, 2015 8 Pages
The Legacy and Consequences of War In his coming-of-age novel, A Separate Peace, John Knowles tells the story of Gene Forrester and the struggles he faces – both internal and external. While Gene’s external struggles revolve mainly around world affairs at large; his internal struggles prove to be his greatest obstacle to overcome. The following excerpt demonstrates the struggle of consequences as being like a chain-reaction and how it destructively affects his best friend Phineas, “I took a step towards him… jounced the limb… his balance gone… and then he tumbled… broke through the branches below and hit the bank with a sickening unnatural thud… with unthinking sureness I moved… jumped into the river, every trace of my fear forgotten” (Knowles 60). The passage concentrates on Gene as he recounts the chain of events surrounding Finny’s downfall, which was purposely caused by Gene, himself. Phineas’s accident was a simple sporadic act of jealously that overcame him in the heat of the moment. The idea of consequences having a negative impact on his friend due to Gene’s impulse thinking is an example of a catalyst for Gene’s own personal war at Devon that soon follows. Consequences are a part of an everyday routine where a catalyst is necessary to set off a chain-reaction, which provides adequate conditions, which climax into a hostile and vicious encounter between multiple contenders and participants – known as war. Struggling with the consequences of war reveals a deeper…

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