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					A SEPARATE PEACE
Symbolism
   Draw symbol out of lottery box
   Explain what is being symbolized
   Provide adjectives and adverbs that describe
    the symbol.
   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
 Suicide Tree.
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.
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.

				
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