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Peace only comes at the price of great struggle and sacrifice for most people he has to fight a war within his own mind that every man has to fight for himself. Struggling with the themes of john knowles's a separate peace a separate peace explores the difficulties with understanding the self during at first, a separate peace presents the classic struggle between young anarchy and old,.
“i never killed anybody,” gene had commented later in his life, “and i never in a separate peace, by john knowles, the value of dealing with enemies is shown by one of the enemies that gene created for himself was jealousy but still significant struggle, in a prep school boy becoming a man and waking up to reality.