Discuss an example of the "Loss Of Innocence" theme in John Knowles's A Separate Peace.

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The main example of a loss of innocence in A Separate Peace is Gene. He is never the same again after he deliberately jiggles the tree branch and sends Phineas falling off the tree to shatter his leg. Gene does it because he is jealous of Finny and because he decides, wrongly, that Phineas is deliberately trying to sabotage him academically.

Gene acknowledges his guilt very quickly, as he visits Phineas in the hospital:

If Phineas had been sitting here in this pool of guilt, how would he have felt, what would he have done?

Gene wants to confess, is interrupted by the doctor, and loses the moment. Finny dismisses any suspicions he had that Gene shook the...

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