The Horrors of War
“I’m almost glad this war came along. It is like a test, isn’t it, and only the things and people who’ve been evolving in the right way survive.” Lepper Leppellier said this extraordinary quote in chapter nine. My interpretation of Lepper’s quote was, the war had forced the men to abide by the rule of, “survival of the fittest.” From the perspective of the war, Lepper implied
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fighting with himself and his own feelings about the war.
All of the characters in this novel had different ideas, personalities, and situations having to do with the war, not that any individual can ever be prepared for war. No character in the novel was mentally stable or ready for war. War was not a pleasant time at Devon school, thinking about what lied, ahead was probably the greatest challenge of the boys at Devon.