In A Separate Peace, describe the dramatic setting and tell what it symbolizes. Specifically, Knowles uses the first building, its marble staircase, and the assembly room as a dramatic setting.

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The marble staircase is significant because of several things.  First of all, the marble itself is old, but not overly worn in; this symbolizes the age of the school and the traditions, but also the way it seems like it's all new when you are a student there.  The most significant part of the staircase is Finny's fall after the trial. 

In the beginning of the novel, Gene goes back to the school and sees the staircase, noting that the marble is extremely hard.  In an episode...

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