A Child Of Nature Cannot Survive In Civilization

A Child Of Nature Cannot Survive In Civilization

A Child Of Nature Cannot Survive In Civilization

The fact that a sheltered child cannot survive in civilization is made abundantly clear in A Separate Peace. Throughout this novel, author John Knowles gives many examples along with details of why this is not possible and how lives become corrupt when it occurs. After Leper came back from the war, he was an extremely different person. Where as, before, he was laidback and silent. However, when he ?escaped? and went back, he was blunt and fanatical. On page 135, Gene tells how ?the Leper of the beaver dam could not have said the words that were coming out of his mouth at that moment.? The things he experienced were so different than the manner in which things were at Devon that he flipped into a complete stranger. Near the end of the novel, the adult Gene explains how ?all the young men he knew at Devon reached a point at which everything in the world seemed so

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