A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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In Knowles's A Separate Peace, what would be the significant ideas, or universal meaning, of the paragraph that starts, "We reached the beach late in the afternoon..." (38)? I need help understanding...

In Knowles's A Separate Peace, what would be the significant ideas, or universal meaning, of the paragraph that starts, "We reached the beach late in the afternoon..." (38)?

I need help understanding why Knowles put this paragraph in the book as it is supposed to have a purpose. I am also not sure what he wants the reader to take away from this paragraph. The paragraph is describing Gene being in the ocean and describing the power of the waves. I have absolutely no idea what the paragraph is supposed to mean?

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Knowles uses weather and nature to symbolize elements in life over which man has no control. Humans can make choices to lead their lives in directions that will make them happy; but, there are uncontrollable elements that can be obstacles for those choices. In this paragraph, the waves are the natural element that Gene cannot control. His choice is to have some...

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I should also mention that this is in Chapter 3! Thanks for your help in advance

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