What role does Leper play in A Separate Peace? What does the author suggest about the nature of his relationship to Gene and Finny? Contrast Brinker and Finny. How do their personalities relate to the winter session and summer session respectively?

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There are several questions being asked here, so this answer will focus on Leper. While some readers might consider him a minor character, I would support the idea that he holds much of the story together and is a powerfully symbolic character. In a lot of ways, he mirrors Finny. He lives by his own set of rules, and he isn't all that afraid of what other people think about him. That's why he can spout off on how skiing is being ruined and feel confident in not jumping from the tree. He's also an innocent and peaceful character, and he is able to maintain a certain amount of distance from being caught up in the war hysteria. That's very much like Finny, and readers are shocked by Leper's enlisting.

On one hand, his enlistment shows that he is growing up, developing, and adapting with a changing world. That's why he is able to change his mind about the skiers after watching the skiing video. Unfortunately, Leper isn't quite able to adapt to everything the war throws at him, and...

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