In "A Separate Peace" the narrator alludes to war. How is war important to both students and faculty?Explain each of the following items. Tell what it is, and state its importance to...

In "A Separate Peace" the narrator alludes to war. How is war important to both students and faculty?

Explain each of the following items. Tell what it is, and state its importance to character or plot development.a) super suicide society b)Blitzball c) A. Hopkins Parker,1940
Why does Gene continue jumping from the tree when he actually detests it

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For your other questions, input separate questions for each one-you'll have a better chance of getting them all answered.  There's just not room to answer all of them in one question.

In regards to your first question, war is important to the students and faculty because it has, or is going to, impact all of them in one way or another.  A lot of the faculty fought in the first world war, or knew people that did, and probably lost friends and family there.  For the students, a lot of them will end up fighting in the second world war, as is evidenced as the book progesses.  Not only this, but the students see trains full of soldiers off to war, which prompts a lot of them to go join.  Also, near the end, parts of their school are vacated and donated to the war effort for storage and training.  It changes everything that they know, their entire world.

For specific characters, Finny is impacted by the war because they won't accept him.  He desparately wants to join the war, but because of his leg, can't get in.  From this sprouts a lot of his schemes, plots, and activities-a way of staying busy to stay in denial about it all.  Then for Leper, we see the war be an actual catalyst to his mental breakdown, and eventual betrayal of Gene, something that was to harsh for the "old" Leper to have done.  It shapes and changes his personality. 

In one way or another, every character in the book is impacted by the war.

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