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A Separate Peace: Three Symbols

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A Separate Peace: Three Symbols

The three dichotomous symbols in A Separate Peace by John Knowles reinforce the innocence and evil of the main characters, Finny and Gene. Beside the Devon School flow two rivers on opposite sides of the school, the Naguamsett and the Devon. The Devon provides entertainment and happiness for Gene and
Finny as they jump from the tree into the river and hold initiations into the
Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session. Finny, Gene, and their friends use the Devon's warm water to play in during the carefree summer session. The Devon brings out Finny's carefree character and personality when he jumps from the limbs of the tree. Not one Upper Middler in Devon has ever jumped from the tree; Finny
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Finny is not in school, no longer shall the students have their carefree attitudes, and the class officials and masters now enforce the rules at Devon. Gene becomes like the winter session by saving a cold blast for the enemy. The winter lives to destroy the warmth of the summer and does so by unleashing an unpredictable frigid blizzard. Likewise, Gene
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