A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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In A Separate Peace, how are Gene and Finny allegorical or symbolic characters?

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The novel can be interpreted as an allegory in which Gene and Finny both play significant roles. As they move through their final year at Devon, knowing that the awful realities of World War II await them, their journey becomes an extended metaphor for the loss of innocence. From the summer of 1942 until the spring of 1943, Gene and Finny experience one emotional shock after another and struggle in their own ways to survive them. By the conclusion of the novel, Finny has been forced to...

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