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What point of view is used in "Through the Tunnel"?

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love-08 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 28, 2007 at 10:51 AM via web

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What point of view is used in "Through the Tunnel"?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 28, 2007 at 10:56 AM (Answer #1)

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It's written in third person limited point of view. The narrator describes the thoughts and feelings of Jerry and his mother, but we don't know the thoughts and feelings of any of the other characters. Telling the story from the point of view of the white tourists emphasizes the gap between Jerry and the local boys. We are involved with how Jerry feels.

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litlovr | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 12, 2007 at 9:31 AM (Answer #2)

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The point of view used in Through the Tunnel is the omniscient point of view.  We know this because the narrator shows us what both Jerry, the story's protagonist, and his mother are thinking and feeling.  Of course, since Jerry is the main character, we get to know more of his thoughts and feelings; but if you read carefully, you'll find that the mother's doubts and worries are also revealed. 

In the third-person limited point of view, the narrator reveals the heart and mind of a single character in the story. 

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