A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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How does Finny change in A Separate Peace?

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At the opening of the story, Finny is Gene's leader and inspiration. Finny is bold, daring, and capable of getting away with almost anything because of his deep and constant honesty. 

Finny represents innocence and youth in this novel. Though he manages to maintain these characteristics, they come at a steep cost. When Finny dies, so does Gene's connection to the innocent world of boyhood. 

Some of the costs of maintaining innocence, for Finny, are the loss of his constant honesty and the new trait of subterfuge. In the context of...

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