A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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In A Separate Peace what makes Finny give up his denial of war?

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Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Finny has always flatly refused to accept that there's a war on. Deep down, he knows that there is a war, but he doesn't what to admit it to himself as he also knows it would be difficult for him to deal with it on an emotional level. So long as the war remains a far-off event which doesn't touch Finny directly, then he's able to stay in denial. But when Leper returns home from war, psychologically broken and suffering from hallucinations, then it becomes impossible for Finny to maintain his...

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