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The novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles looks into the life of young men on the verge of adulthood Some of them are not able to cope while others deal with life and make the best of it The novel does an excellent job of portraying life during World War II as seen through the eyes of a young boyThe story takes places in Exeter New Hampshire in the Devon School It opens during the summer of 1942 In A Separate Peace the main character Gene starts to feel as though him and Phineas aka Finny his best friend are in rivalry against each other Gene thinks that Finny is purposely trying to ruin his grades while trying to get him to excel him in sports Because of these thoughts he diligently worked on his studies I redoubled my effort trying to be even with him and be even in enmityKnowles 46 Soon enough his thoughts of rivalry enmity and anger ultimately led him to jounce the limb that Finny was standing on After it was found out that Finnys broken leg would stop him from playing any sports skillfully Genes guilt began to escalate When he went to see Finny in the hospital he tried to tell him about jouncing the limb on purpose but was stopped when the doctor came in Then later on he went to Finnys house and told him there but Finny would not believe it Throughout all of this Gene is trying to get it off his chest but he is not able to do so He is constantly struggling trying to keep his peace of mind To make matters worse Brinker twists the truth around making Gene feel even worse now knowing that even his friends think that he would do it Once Finny returns to Devon from home Genes feelings deepen as he witnesses what he did to him Then one night Brinker holds a mock
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