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Tiffany Lee In a reality where the only constant is change, the most successful people have learned the value of adaptation to change. Everyone born into this world must unfortunately learn about tragedy and war. When faced with crises, people can grow, adapt and succeed, or they can live in ignorance and succumb to life’s troubles. The Devon School boys in A Separate Peace by John Knowles learn the lesson of change during the Second World War. . The majority of the boys easily accepts and understands the war. The most secluded student at the Devon School, Leper, says, “Everything has to evolve or else it perishes,” and he becomes the first student to enlist. In the case of Finny, the general reality of the world and the war come as a shock. Finny is unable to face the tragedies and troubles in his life, and because of this he ultimately perishes. After his catastrophic fall from the tree, Finny shatters not only his leg, but also shatters his future in athletics and combat. Gene confesses to Finny that he “deliberately jounced the limb so that [Finny] would fall off” (Knowles, 62). Upon hearing the confession, Finny refuses to believe that his best friend had caused his misery. Finny cannot accept Gene’s confession and calls Gene a “damn fool” (62), threatening to kill Gene if “he [doesn’t] shut up” (62). Finny admits that he doesn’t know anything and tells
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course WRA 110 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Spring '05 term at Michigan State University.

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