Symbols In A Separate Peace

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Saad Alamgir
Monica Johnson
AP Lang
8 January 2018
World War II as a Symbol in A Separate Peace In John Knowles novel A Separate Peace, the use of symbols and themes is very prevalent throughout the book. The use of World War II as a symbol in particular is a recurring symbol that helps progress this book in many ways. Whether it was the personal war that Gene had felt he had with Finny or the physical war that had been going on, the symbol of war is very apparent throughout of the book.
In A Separate Peace, the story beings when the narrator Gene Forrester returns to Devon School fifteen years after he was a student. While there, he visits two places, a marble staircase and a tree on the banks of a river, foreshadowing the importance of
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He denies the existence of the war because he does not want the war to exist as he would not be able to participate in it. And Finny admitting that the war does exist would mean that he would have to admit to the fact that he can’t contribute to it, which is something that Finny cannot to do (Holbom). His innocence would also interfere with him doing well even if he was healthy. “To Finny, the war was like blitzball, a free-flowing, individualistic game, with no allies or no enemies (Holbom). As he is too innocent, he would get lost on which side he’s on and would most likely try becoming friends with the enemy rather than trying to kill…show more content…
Whether it was the boy’s enlisting for the war or whether it was talked about indirectly and helped mature the boy’s minds, the war helped progress this book in many ways.

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