A Separate Peace, Detailed Analysis

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Enemy Dealing with enemies has been a problem ever since the beginning of time. In A Separate Peace by John Knowels, the value of dealing with your feelings and dealing with your enemies is shown by Gene Forester, a student in Devon during World War 2 dealing with few human enemies, but his emotions create a nemesis far greater than any human enemy. "I never killed anybody," Gene had commented later in his adulthood, "And I …

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…it, Gene feels that wars are made by "something ignorant in the human heart." Gene was ready for the war now, he was ready to face new problems, new enemies, Finny took problems a little at a time, and that's how Gene has changed-he is taking that same approach also. Hate, anger, fear jealousy, and the enemies in the human heart are gone from Gene now, Finny has taken them with him to his grave.