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Symbols are often used throughout the novel A Separate Peace to help the reader distinguish between who or what is moral and immoral One of the main symbols would be the Devon and Naguamsett Rivers The second main symbol would be the Winter Carnival which represented the peace and freedom that were considered as qualities of Finny The third main symbol was the game of Blitzball The symbols maintain and guide readers and help the readers recognize what is moral and what is not in the novel The crucial thing for the readers is to know how deeply the war has affected Devon Therfore Gene who was the narrator of the story described the two rivers the Devon and Naguamsett The Devon River symbolized peace because the war did not really affect the people in Devon but the Naguamsett River represented Europe where the war was taking place with all the battles Gene compares the two rivers the Naguamsett River being the ugly saline fringed with marsh mud and seaweed and Devon being fresh-water above the damAlso when Gene fell into the Naguamsett River and had to take a shower he said I had taken a shower to wash off the sticky salt of the Naguamsett River -- going into the Devon River was like taking a refreshing shower itself you never had to clean up after it but the Naguamsett River was something else entirely He was trying to make it seem like he was infected with the filth which represented the war and wanted to clean him so he could keep his innocence and peace Therefore these two rivers helped readers get to know two things Genes thoughts on the war and
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