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It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities but wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart The background of A separate Peace is the Second World War and the focus of book is a group of sixteen-year-old boys who are moving towards a war The extract comes from the end of the book where Due to what Gene had done to Finny he has been made to look at himself and now sees the war differently from the other boys Gene has been forced to face his own ignorant heart and he now feels that he understands that people can be evil and hurt those who love them Gene now knows that wars are created not by generations but by the human ignorant heart In A separate Peace there are two wars being fought The major war is Word War Two while the other war is the one that Gene tries to create between himself and Finny This is war is always a single sided battle as it is both created and fought in the mind of Gene At the beginning of this novel Gene is very Ignorant of his heart He constantly lies not only to others but also to him self Finny on the other hand is a very honest person he never lies about anything to make him sound or feel better about himself An example of this is the incident where the boys are asked their height and Genes says he is 59 and Finny corrects him by saying no your five foot eight and a half the same as me This quote shows the honesty that Finny possesses and that Gene lacks Gene refuses to admit that he isnt tall while Finny openly admits it Gene refuses to admit that he isnt brave or that his motives for injuring Finny where entirely false Gene cannot face what he is and
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