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A Separate Peace - Influence of War- World War II influenced the boys in A Separate Peace by John Knowles by making them grow and mature more quickly than they would have had there not been a war The war made some boys stronger and readier for whatever life would bring while in others it disabled them to the point that they could not handle simple tasks These boys are only a small percentage of the casualties brought about by World War II The maturing influence of the war on Finny was a considerable one even though it did not seem to the other boys that he was growing up at all Genes jealousy leads him to the point where he has to destroy Finnys greatest asset his skill in sports just so that he does not have to be the popular guys friend Gene knocks Finny off the tree limb and breaks his leg Everyone at Devon except for Finny suspects that Gene caused Finny to fall off the branch not Finnys loss of balance Finnys outlook on the whole situation is very grown up He did not blame anyone but himself even though it was not his fault at all Finny seems as though he will never grow up because he is so immature with his silly denial of the wars existence and his habit of always coming up with strange things to do just for fun Inside he is suffering with the anger and hurt of being excluded from the one thing that he wants to do most fight in the war This is an excellent example of how the war suddenly made the boys grow up into men They had to face adulthood and in order to do that they
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