Resolution/denouenment for "Through the Tunnel?"

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The resolution of Doris Lessing's "Through the Tunnel" occurs after Jerry makes it through the tunnel alive and resurfaces above the water on the other side of the huge rock. At this point, the reader knows that the main conflict is resolved: Jerry has accomplished the feat he so strongly desired. The conflict between Jerry and his mother is then resolved when he returns to the villa; despite his mother's concern, he reminds her that he can swim like a fish. In short, Jerry has accomplished much more than just swimming through a tunnel in a large rock. He has shown himself, his mother, and the world that he can accomplish what he sets his mind to and is beginning the journey from boy to man. This concept is reinforced near the very end of the story when the reader learns that it was “no longer of the least importance to go to the bay.”

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