A Separate Piece by John Knowles - Maturity

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Maturity is a matter that is often disregarded by many people, especially teenagers. Eventually everyone has to face and accept maturity leaving their profound young innocence in their past. In the novel, The Separate Peace, John Knowles writes about how teenagers came into the academy of Devon and matured from innocence to experience. It shows the struggle of kids during WWII, trying to cope with what was happening and several methods used in order to deal with the problems occurring in every day life. Not only was life harsh back then, but there was also the threat of a young man's enlistment in the military by force. Many kids had their own ways to face these problems, some tried avoiding them but they would eventually find themselves face to face with their fears. Finny, a teenager attending the Devon academy changes from a young athletic and careless teen to a crippled and sensitive young man.

Finny was a young and charismatic young teen. He was the best at sports in Devon Academy and he was known throughout the school for his fast thinking in times of trouble. Finny was a very healthy young boy who was five feet eight and a half inches and weighed about 150 pounds. Referring to this statement Gene, Finny's best friend says "which flowed from his legs to torso around shoulders to arms and full strong neck in an uninterrupted, unemphatic unity of strength." This goes to prove that during the time of his innocence, Finny was a very healthy and eccentric boy who had a passion of sports.

During his innocence, he was not only a good person physically but also mentally. He would often go off schedule and break school rules, but he only did it to have some fun which would...