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George Herbert once said When war begins then hell openth In 1944 a great war was happening overseas and in A Separate Peace by John Knowles there is another war raging At the Devon school during World War II Gene Forrester experiences his own war which is sparked in the beginning causes him to lose friends and ends suddenly Genes war like World War II was sparked by a sudden event that followed a period of increasing tension and uneasiness In A Separate Peace the war at Devon is sparked by a single event but there were many other things leading up to that event When Gene shakes the limb 52 he is subconsciously sparking what had been building for a long time World War II is started in 1939 by Germanys invasion of Poland but this one event is not responsible for the entire war Hitlers aggression and the passivity of democratic nations in the years before the war also only needed a spark During his stay at Devon Gene loses two friends emotionally and physically which Genes friend Phineas is lost due to their battle for supremacy which ends in his death After the trial Phineas sees how Gene actually caused his fall and for a period of time is angry at him You want to break something else in me Is that why youre here176 Phineas later forgives Gene but it is too late and Gene loses Finny forever Leper Lepellier is another example of how Gene lost friends during his war Leper was the first to enlist but soon goes crazy from the war and calls Gene up to visit him Leper accuses Gene of causing Finnys fall You always were a savage underneath137 During World War II many people lost friends and loved ones that were in the war Similar to the catastrophic bombing of Japan Genes war ends suddenly with the death of Finny Even though Finnys death quickly
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