What does the tree symbolize in A Separate Peace?

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Trees are often symbols of life as they are planted on Arbor Day to symbolize new life and beginnings.  For Gene, jumping on the limbs becomes an issue of jealousy and envy in his life to the point of competition.  By jostling the limb, Gene sends Phineas crashing downward and the jealousy ends as Gene and Phineas become codependent.  No longer does Finny cast a shadow over Gene's life; the tree "is weary from age."

While at Devon, Gene feels the shadow of Finny and realizes that the enemy has been himself.  Blaming Finny for his problems, Gene has cast...

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