The Symbolic Relationship Between Finny's Fall in the book "A Seperate Peace" by John Knowles, and the World Trade Center.

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Death, devastation, an end to happiness - any of these can be used to describe either Finny's fall, or the fall of the World Trade Center. Finny was a prospering youth, full of life and at the top of his game, whose life was forever changed by a single accident. In the same way, America was a prospering nation on the brink of innovation, until a fateful crash distilled fear and changed the attitude of society. At first glance these two incidents seem unrelated; however, the specific purpose of this paper is to show the relationship between these two events, and the impact felt by the people in each case.

In the novel A separate Peace by John Knowles, Finny's fall serves as the climax of the novel. The fall brings an end to the carefree days of summer, and it ushers in the harsher winter session. Before Finny's fall, there is a sense of childhood innocence.

The boys still had a year before they would be eligible for the war, and they took advantage of the leniency shown towards them. From the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session, to Blitzball, the entire summer is full of games and merriment. Finny spends a portion of his summer getting himself into trouble, and then inevitably escaping the punishment he should have received. For instance, when Mr. Patch-Withers` sees that Finny is wearing the school tie as a belt, it seems that he will become very angry; however, seeing a way out, Finny proceeds to explain that, " (the tie and shirt) all ties together with what we've been talking about, the bombing in central Europe, because when you come right down to it the school is involved in everything that happens in the war...," thus relieving the situation and escaping...