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In the drama A Separate Peace by John Knowles is set in the 1940s during World War II This story is about two boys finding their way through life During a persons lifetime from birth to death somewhere in between they learn the most important things are acquired through their wars During their quest to find their true identity Gene and Finny are both secretly fighting a war against one another This also leads to the main theme of the story war Not all of these wars were destroying their friendship some of it was beneficial Genes war with himself was the main cause of all of the other wars I believe that it was all about his identity He just wasnt comfortable with himself at all he had no self-pride He felt that his identity was a burden to himself He wanted to be someone different a person more like Finny For example after Finny had his accident Gene went to their room and dressed in Finnys clothes and found that he looked exactly like him Genes determination to be someone he wasnt changed his nice and understanding character to a hostile killer He created his own world where everything is hostile He convinced himself that everyone in this world is out to get him even his closest friend From my point of view however Finny sees it entirely different Finny always has a positive mind and refuses to believe that anyone is his enemy In conclusion both characters create enemies for themselves and go to war against them The war that Gene fought with Finny was hidden throughout the story It was all in Genes mind Who would have ever thought that the one person that one calls their best friend turns out to be their worst enemy Jealousy is the main part of this war Gene is jealous of Finnys talent to play sports and his lively spirit Genes way to fight
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