Free College Essays - Devon as a Microcosm in Knowles' A Separate Peace

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Devon as a Microcosm to the Outside World in A Separate Peace

Welcome to a small school called Devon during the summer of 1942. At the beginning of the second World War, Devon is a quiet place with close friends and great memories, until one event brings the entire school into itÕs own war. With the star athlete having his leg ÒaccidentallyÓ broken by his best friend, Devon turns against itself into a war zone where nobody is safe.

It all began with a childish game of jumping out of a tree into a river, a test of guts and will. All fun and games until that summer day when the star athlete is ready
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While the outside world is battling in the war, the war inside Devon rages on as well. At the end, when Finny dies, you may think that it is the end of the war inside of Devon, but it is really just the beginning, because now Gene must fight a war inside himself about whether or not he killed Finny. Although the book leaves off, his personal war most likely continued on until the end of the actual outside war, or maybe longer.

This entire series of events inside of Devon reflects, perfectly, the outside world at that time. With everything looking good,

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