A Separate Peace


John Knowles

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The Tree

The large tree from which Finny falls looms in Gene’s mind even as an adult, representing the ways in which certain elements of the past can often seem overwhelming and unconquerable in a person’s…

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Fall (Autumn) and Finny's Fall

Finny’s fall from the tree and the seasonal transition from summer to fall mark the novel’s main points of change. During the summer session, the boys enjoy a time of carefree youthful adventure. When…

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The Devon School

In the novel, the Devon School symbolizes both change and resistance to change. An oasis that protects them from change, Gene and Finny’s school insulates them from the outside world. At the same time…

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