A Separate Peace
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 the
The few stray activities and dreamy people not caught up in it were being systematically corralled by Brinker. That is when they lost their innocence because they are not sixteen anymore. They are not going to fight on the war. That means that Gene is guilty of pushing Finny of the tree. They are important because that"tms when it shows that they are innocence or guilty. In addition, "There was Little left at Devon any more which had not been recruited for war. That is in the winter when they are seventeen and they can be drafted, enlist in the military or join a program. We had taken no physical examinations. In addition, "Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb. With unthinking sureness I moved out on the limb and jumped into the river, every trace of my fear of this forgotten. The tree is an important symbol in the story because. No one had ever tested us for hernia or color blindness.