Many readers, upon purveying A Separate Peace, will blatantly state that the war's effect is obviously pernicious. While it remains true that wars in general are malignant and detrimental to societies worldwide, this does not necessarily mean that Knowles intended A Separate Peace to be pointedly against the war. Opposers may argue that Gene is clearly against the war, most of his comments are ambiguous. For example, towards the end of the novel Gene states, "When they began to feel that there was this overwhelmingly hostile thing in the world with them, then the simplicity and unity of their characters broke and they were not the same again" (194). Seemingly, this remark declares the war to be a hostile thing that destroyed the students' characters and simplicity, yet post-traumatic growth from war-related incidents seems to reoccur throughout the novel. The victims of the war only grow stronger from their experiences.
Gene's reflections on the war at the end of the novel convey important thematic information to the reader, especially on the post-traumatic growth of victims of the war. During the course of their senior year, the entire class is worried about being enlisting. Brave talk of performing a