Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing

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How can I explain that Jerry has matured throughout "Through the Tunnel" by Dorris Lessing? 

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At the beginning of the story, Jerry is repeatedly referred to as "the English boy" and is most concerned with fitting in with the older boys at the rocky bay.  "They were big boys -- men to Jerry" and "To be with them, of them, was a craving that filled his whole body."  Describing him as the English boy emphasizes his youth and immaturity, and his desire to fit in with the older kids also shows just how immature he is; they are children too, and yet Jerry sees them as "men" because of his even more youthful perspective. 

They eventually abandon Jerry, and he runs to his mother to ask her for goggles so that he can attempt the feat that they did,...

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