A Separate Peace Literary Analysis

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Both Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and A Separate Peace share the common theme that innocence and purity will eventually lead to failure. Within A Separate Peace the theme is represented firstly through the setting of the war, which creates the idea that only though maturing will you survive and secondly with Finny’s need to accept the reality concerning his accident. Knowles highlights the theme when timid Leper explains to his companions that his reasoning for enlisting is evolution. His saying that, “Everything has to evolve or else it perishes,” (Knowles 125) illuminates how the other characters lack of experience weighs heavily their reasoning. For example, the blind, naïve loyalty Finny holds for Gene causes him to disregard

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