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A Separate Peace

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             Have you ever lost your innocence? The book A Separate Peace by John Knowles has many symbols. There are symbols that represent guilt and innocence. Two of the symbols in A Separate Peace are the tree and the sessions. These two symbols are important because they represent when they are ready for the war, when they were innocent and when they lost their innocence.
             One of the important symbols in the book A Separate Peace is the tree. “I turned back toward the river, moved a few more steps along the limb, sprang far out and fell into the deep water. Finny also made a good jump, and the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session was officially established.”(25). It is important because that is when Gene and Finny lost their innocence. They lost their innocence because they wanted to be cool like the upper class. They didn’t need to jump of the tree because they are not going to war they were still innocence. In addition, “Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb. Finny, his balance was gone, swung his head around to look at me for an instant with extreme interest, and then he tumbled sideways, broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud. It was the first clumsy physical action I had ever seen him make. With unthinking sureness I moved out on the limb and jumped into the river, every trace of my fear of this forgotten.”(52). That was when Finny fell of the tree and shattered his leg. That means that Gene is guilty of pushing Finny of the tree. Finny tough that it was an accident. Gene pushed him because he was jealous of Finny. He can’t play any sports because he broke his leg. The tree is an important symbol in the story because. That’s when Gene starts to show that he is jealous of Finny.
             The second symbol that is important in the book is the session. “But there was another reason. I think w

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