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A childs innocence is one of the most important things in their life but as they experience the cruel harsh reality of the world they slowly lose this innocence During World War II boys in America were affected differently than those in Europe World War II hit close to home for the European boys because forty-five to sixty million Europeans died who might have been their friend or family Also among those deaths six million were Jews murdered in malicious concentration camps However in America teenage boys were mildly affected by World War II because they knew as long as they were not disqualified for a mental or physical handicap they would serve in the military Many schools created the Anticipatory Program for boys who wanted to get a full high school education before turning eighteen the drafting age World War II was a brutal war but also the backdrop for many novels such as A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Lord of the Flies by William Golding Both authors were affected by World War II though Knowles was on the American side and Golding on the European Knowles left home at fifteen for Phillips Exeter Academy and after graduating he joined the US Army Air Force Aviation Cadet Program for eight months Later he enrolled at Yale University and wrote his first novel A Separate Peace A Separate Peace is about a group of boys at a preparatory school who are being prepared to go to war Golding went to a strict preparatory school then onto Brasenose College Oxford He later served in the British navy for five years then went back to his teaching job but retired to pursue writing after the success of Lord of the Flies In Lord of the Flies a group of boys are stranded on an island with no adults and must fend for
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