A Separate Peace

The giant tree from which Finny falls looms in Gene's memory. As an adult, he imagines it as a "huge lone spike" or an "artillery piece," but when he sees it up close during his… (read full symbol analysis)
Finny's fall from the tree and the turn from summer to fall mark the novel's main points of change. During the summer session, the boys enjoyed a time of carefree youthful adventure. When the Summer… (read full symbol analysis)
Gene and Finny's school is an oasis from change. A 160 year-old institution, Devon has successfully weathered the wars of the past and has changed just enough to adapt to the changes in society. One… (read full symbol analysis)