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by John Knowles

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In A Separate Peace, was it neccessary for Finny to die in terms of plot development? Why did Knowles feel Finny needed to die?

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Finny's death plays an important part in Knowles' developing his themes in the novel. Finny's character is developed to symbolize the innocence of youth, among other interpretations; his death then works symbolically to represent the destruction of innocence for his generation as...

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