A SEPARATE PEACE
Draw symbol out of lottery box
Explain what is being symbolized
Provide adjectives and adverbs that describe
Provide 3 examples from the novel (direct
quotes cited correctly in MLA format) that
represent your symbol
The Summer Session at Devon
Rules are relaxed. The weather is nice.
Students like Finny excel. It is symbolic of
childhood innocence. The summer session
symbolically ends with Finny's fall from the
The Winter Session
Rules are enforced. The weather is depressing.
Students like Brinker Hadley excel. The winter
symbolizes the end of childhood and
innocence and the encroachment of the war.
Finny's Fall from the Suicide Tree
Finny's fall is a fall from innocence. It represents
evil being unleashed. The idyllic summer
session comes to a close, ushering in
hardness and cold. The winter session at
Devon, therefore, becomes the harsh, cruel
World War II
World War II represents the imminent trials of
adulthood and the triumph of evil over good. Not even
Devon with its austere architecture (think Edgar Allan
Poe's Masque of the Red Death) can keep out the
war. The only thing that causes Gene to forget the war
is Finny, who represents innocence and youth. It is not
coincidental that after Finny's death, the paratroopers
take up residence at the school; nor is it coincidental
that before Finny returns for the winter session the
boys engage in war duties, but when Finny returns, no
such opportunities arise.
The Suicide Tree
The novel's most prominent symbol is the tree
from which Finny falls. It represents the fall
from innocence and the transformation from
youth to adulthood.