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John Knowles novel A Separate Peace portrays wars on three distinct levels These levels could be described as outer inner and world There is a very good definition of these wars at the closing of the novel which shows us the levels I could never agree with either of them It would have been comfortable but I could not believe it Because it seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart page 193 This passage shows that wars go on around the world all the time people are battling a never-ending fight Not necessarily battles like World War II or even a common street fight or family feud but battles with mind and emotion that everyone must deal with One such battle is that in which Gene deals with throughout the book the battles with Finny We learn as the story begins that Gene and Finny are best friends They go almost everywhere together and they even share a room at their school We enter the story at what is called a summer session which could be described as todays equivalent of summer school But as the story unfolds we are forced to ask ourselves are they friends as the appear to be at the start of the novel or are they mortal enemies as Gene begins to hint with this quote at the point Gene thinks Finny is finally going to get away with something he did This time he wasnt going to get away with it I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at thatpage 20 This shows us that even though they are friends Gene feels that Finny is too perfect and he needs to see a sign that he is human that he is not the super-popular benevolent kid everyone else thinks he is He had gotten
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