In "Through the Tunnel," how are the beach and the wild bay different?
The beach Jerry has always visited with his mother is very much associated with childhood innocence; even the narrator refers to it as "the safe beach." It is a place without danger where he is ultimately protected and watched over. When he looks back on it from the water, the description of his mother is telling:
There she was, a speck of yellow under an umbrella that looked like a slice of orange peel. He swam back to shore, relieved at being sure she was there,...
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