In John Knowle's A Separate Peace, symbols are used to develop and advance the themes of the novel. One theme is the lack of an awareness of the real world among the students who attend the Devon Academy. The war is a symbol of the 'real world', from which the boys exclude themselves.
A Separate Peace. Knowles proves through an stripling relationship. that in order to hold a dependable friendly relationship. one must accept another wholly. uncovering that green-eyed monster can non co-excist within a friendly relationship. Jealousy plays a major function in the impairment of the relationship between Gene and Finny.