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Nathan Gourley Pd2 42500 In John Knowles book A Separate Peace he communicates how the war in him was taking its toll on him He uses the characters in a complicated plot to show the destructive forces of war The characters Gene and Finny are the opposing forces in a struggle between the reality of war World War II and a separate peace A peace away from the real war and the awful things that come from it Through their relationship which is a struggle on both sides Knowles establishes the reality of war through a relationship Gene Forrestor is established as the force of reality This idea is established clearly in a speech Gene gives as the narrator of the story Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him and afterward when you say to this person the world today or life or reality he will assume that you mean this moment even if it is fifty years past The world through his unleashed emotions imprinted itself upon him and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever Knowles 32 This statement explains that Gene must have something that is his stamp This stamp defines an individual standing up for something he believes in The next paragraph shows that this is true where Gene continues For me this moment-four years is a moment in history-war the war The war was and is reality for me I still live and think in its atmosphere Knowles 32 Later in the same paragraph he goes on to say America is not never has been and never will be what the songs and poems call it a land of plenty Nylon meat gasoline and steel are rare There are too many jobs and not enough workers Money is very easy to earn but
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