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What is the plot of the short story "Through the Tunnel"?

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linalolwa | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 30, 2008 at 11:29 PM via web

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What is the plot of the short story "Through the Tunnel"?

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sseibert6 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2008 at 7:42 AM (Answer #1)

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I just finished reading this story to my students. The plot of the story is: a young boy goes to the beach with his mother. He sees a group of local boys laughing and playing out by a huge rock. He longs to go be with the boys but he also feels bad for leaving his mother alone of vacation. He finally goes out the were the boys are and notices that they are diving into the water and not coming up for over two minutes. The boys are diving underwater and swimming through an underwater tunnel. The boy immediately wants to join them but notices when he dives down that he can't hold his breath that long and he has nosebleeds at night from the pressure. He trains for the next few days and works on holding his breathe. Finally on the last day before they are to leave he contemplates swimming through the tunnel or not. He eventually swims through the tunnel. However, when he comes up he does not feel that it was as great of a feat that he originally thought and ends up just wanting to go back to the beach and be with his mother. A story about overcome obstacles and being change from them.
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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2008 at 3:00 AM (Answer #2)

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"Through the Tunnel" is a coming-of-age story about a young boy on vacation with his mother in a foreign country. He encounters some of the native boys who know how to swim through a hidden tunnel and get to another side of a beach. The boy decides to learn how to get through the tunnel and in the process, matures.

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