A Separate Peace: Three Symbols



The three dichotomous symbols in A Separate Peace by John Knowles
reinforce the innocence and evil of the main characters, Finny and Gene.
Beside the Devon School flow two rivers on opposite sides of the school,
the Naguamsett and the Devon. The Devon provides entertainment and
happiness for Gene and Finny as they jump from the tree into the river and
hold initiations into the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session.
Finny, Gene, and their friends use the Devon's warm water to play in during
the carefree summer session. The Devon brings out Finny's carefree
character and personality when he jumps from the limbs of the tree. Not
one Upper Middler in Devon has ever jumped from the ...

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from the Naguamsett
feeling grimy, dirty and in desperate need of a bath (71). Much like the
clean, refreshing water of the Devon and the ugly saline water of the
Naguamsett, Gene's carefree attitude of the summer session vastly differs
from the angry, confused attitude of the winter session.
Likewise, the two sessions, the summer and winter, give a different
sense of feeling toward school and life at Devon School. The summer
session allows Finny to use his creativity. Finny invents blitzball and
founds the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session. The students let
their carefree attitudes flow during the summer. Finny and Gene willingly
break the rules to have fun during the summer by skipping class and going
to the beach. Finny also wears the school tie as a belt to the traditional
term tea. Gene feels that Finny cannot leave the room without being
disciplined, but Finny manages to talk his way out of the mess. However,
the winter session causes a sense of ...

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