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A Separate Peace The Fall Of Demise

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In the book A Separate Peace, author John Knowles shows a gradual change from adolescence to adulthood and the transaction from innocence to the devastating reality of WWII and how inner conflict in a minute part of town can be greater than WWII. The protagonists, Gene and Finny, are young souls studying in an all boys prep in a school called Devon in New Hampshire. Although Finny attended both winter and summer session, he changed drastically. His athleticism changes, his confidence level drops and a betrayal breaks his heart.Once Gene, just to get rid of his jealousy, shook Finny off the tree due to which he broke his leg thus resulting in something bigger. Before the fall, Finny was one of the best and greatest athletes at Devon but when Gene shook Finny out of a tree and 2 thing got shattered. The bone in his leg and his great dreams of the Olympics. His sports career was doomed. His body was built for sports, "He weighed a hundred and fifty pounds, a galling ten pounds more than I did, which flowed down from his legs to his torso around shoulders to arms and full strong neck in an uninterrupted emphatic unity of strength"(16). He was a super player of blitz-ball a game in which you run toward the Devon river pass the ball though no one is on your team and could play and game at the spur of the second. He beat A. Hopkins Parker's swimming record without proper training or a warning of practice. "Well how did I do? I looked at the watch; he had broken A. Hopkins Parker's record by .7 second" (43). After the fall, the fun transformed into hatred, fear and suspense. Finny had been doomed for life. Sports were now out of the question for him and he was now crippled. He was now incapable of even moving around without crutches. He changed from a winner to a loser and couldn't get back to being a winner. "Sports are...

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