A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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What is the significance of the war in the book, A Separate Peace?

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In John Knowles's A Separate Peace, the World War II setting parallels the personal and figurative war of Gene Forester.  For, as Gene concludes at the end of the novel,

...it seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart.

Throughout the narrative, Knowles employs metaphors for this war of the soul as, for instance, Gene perceives the winter as "an...

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