For the islanders, the sea represents freedom and, in some cases, the end of the war. Amelia writes about resuming her evening walks along the cliffs and notes that if she looks out at the sea, she can pretend that the German-built bunkers behind her aren't there, and even that the war was just a dream. The sea also situates Guernsey as a place free from British rule, as it's technically owned by the British but, because it's far away in the English Channel and is actually closer to France than England, it maintains a great deal of sovereignty and independence.
The timeline below shows where the symbol The Sea appears in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One, 10th April, 1946
Part One, 12th April, 1946
...writes to Sidney and Piers and tells them that she's been spending all her time researching Guernsey. She discovered one travel book on the island. The author is very unserious and... (full context)
Part One, 13th May, 1946
Part Two, 24th May, 1946
Part Two, 27th May, 1946
...It's large with lots of windows, which means that Juliet is often distracted watching the sea. Elizabeth's possessions are fascinating, especially her books and her collections of feathers, shells, and flowers.... (full context)
Part Two, 22nd July, 1946