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World War II started in 1939 and did not end until 1945 It was the result of one persons need for power and control over the rest of the world We saw this power as a threat which exploded into an outbreak more devastating than anything else we humans had ever seen War is defined as an armed conflict between nations or states or between different parties any act or state of hostility War can be experienced if there is an armed conflict between two groups as in World War II or just as a hostility one feels towards another person In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles the major motif is war which is evident throughout the novel The motif of warfare is represented in the novel by examples of real warfare This novel takes place during World War II in the private prep school for boys called the Devon School Here we can see that they are involved in the war through many things Most of the boys there are always talking about the war and about headlines that discuss the bombings in central Europe Most of them realize that there is a war going on and that it is a huge problem however they do think of it as an adventure in itself Im giving it up Im going to enlist Tomorrow I felt a thrill when he said it This was the logical climax of the whole misbegotten day this whole out-of-joint term at Devon I think I had been waiting for a long time for someone to say this so that I could entertain these decisive words myself Another reference to real warfare was that they were always talking about the seniors and that they had to take special preparation courses so that they would be prepared to enlist in the military The class above seniors draft-bait practically soldiers rushed ahead of us toward the war
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