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Searching for peace can be a challenge when every thing around you has something to do with war Growing up can be difficult as well but through the tough times people become more knowledgeable In A Separate Peace by John Knowles Finny Gene and Leper each struggle find peace and escape reality without having to face the truths to their livesFor Leper Finny and Gene it is hard to find tranquility with a war happening around them For example Finny couldnt find serenity with himself because of his broken leg and that caused him to devise the idea of the fake war It was hard for him to be happy because of his disability Because of this he felt useless and so he produced this idea so he could be at ease and not be an outcast In addition Leper looks for a beaver dam instead of working to be carefree and escape the war we all volunteeredBut not Leper He does this because he is afraid that a change in his life may disrupt his quiet state By escaping through nature he is avoiding the truths to his life Furthermore Gene fins a challenge in being placid because of his situation with Finny He is unsure of his own opinion because he is used to agreeing with Finny that he never developed his own thoughts and ideas Its not until Finnys death that he finds his peace With all these things happening around them they struggle to be mellow but find a similar relief in the fact that they will always have their own separate peace at DevonThrough all these events all the characters suffer their own hardships For example Gene loses the friend he never knew he had He was so busy competing with Finny that he never realized what a true friend he was All his jealousy towards him turned to hate and eventually ended in tragedy In addition Leper suffers by
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