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In literature, external conflict refers to the struggle a character has with nature or another character. The opposition that the character experiences, adds to the drama. Internal conflict refers...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2017 10:08 am UTC

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One theme of Doris Lessing's short story, "Through the Tunnel," is that growing up is a difficult and sometimes painful process. We see Jerry mature throughout the story, at first nagging and...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017 3:10 am UTC

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After his rejection by the older native boys, who have perceived him as immature as he splashes foolishly in the water, Jerry sits on the rough rock and cries "openly" because he envies their...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2013 2:24 am UTC

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Two grayish shapes steered there, like long, rounded pieces of wood or slate. They were fish. He saw them nose toward each other, poise motionless, make a dart forward, swerve off, and come around...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 8:32 am UTC

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I think you would benefit from looking at the story in much wider terms - certainly the Jerry at the end of the story is very different from the Jerry at the beginning, and you are right to...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010 5:41 am UTC

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The usual interpretation is that the "safe beach" represents the comfort and security of Jerry's childhood and his mother and the rocky, "wild beach" represents the unknown adolescent future...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 1:05 am UTC

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The first thing we need to know in order to answer this question is a little background on who Doris Lessing was and what her background and childhood were like. Having been born in Persia...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 4:37 pm UTC

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"Through the Tunnel" is a coming-of-age story of sorts, and as such, one of its primary themes is the innocent child coming to terms with his own mortality. Therefore, there could hardly be a...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 5:06 am UTC

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The diction, or word choice, of Doris Lessing's description of Jerry's swim through the tunnel is suspenseful as it creates anticipation of Jerry's successful passage, and the sense of danger is...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015 6:25 am UTC

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The story begins on the first day of the holiday of a young English boy and his mother in an undisclosed location, but probably either in France or North Africa. As they walk down to the "safe"...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2011 5:59 pm UTC

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I've read this story many times, and my understanding of Jerry's mother has changed as my life's stages have changed. When I was kid, I thought that Jerry's mom was being far too overprotective and...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

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"Through the Tunnel" opens with a boy and his widowed mother vacationing at a beach resort to which they have come frequently. Because he has no father, Jerry's mother, perhaps, feels more...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2013 10:11 pm UTC

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Jerry's swim through the tunnel symbolizes a rite of passage from boyhood to young manhood. A coming-of-age story, Doris Lessing's "Through the Tunnel" uses symbols to represent Jerry's state of...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 4:54 pm UTC

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Jerry practices for his rite of passage through the tunnel by conditioning himself to be able to hold his breath. He obtains swims goggles and practices going underwater and finding the tunnel so...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 1:08 pm UTC

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Word choice is an instrumental technique that Lessing employs in "Through the Tunnel" to heighten the suspenseful mood of the story. Although the action is set on a beach, the area where Jerry...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2020 1:56 pm UTC

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The relationship between Jerry and his mother at the beginning of the story is pretty typical of children at Jerry's age (eleven) and their parents. His mother is conflicted about how much freedom...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 6:05 pm UTC

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This story is written from a third-person omniscient point of view. The narrator knows Jerry's mother's thoughts and feelings. For example, the narrator says, early on, that "She frowned,...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2008 3:00 am UTC

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In the beginning of the narrative of "Through the Tunnel," Jerry stays close to his mother, asking permission to part from her, then returning to her after going to the rocky bay; later, he demands...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016 7:16 pm UTC

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Unfortunately, readers are never told a real-world location or date for the story. For the fictional setting, the story takes place in three main locations: in the water as Jerry trains for his...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 3:35 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, it is evident that Jerry and his mother have been everything to each other. As a widow and a child who has lost his father, the two are extremely close, and both go...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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Jerry does change significantly from the beginning to the end of the story, but I would not say that he ends up "a confident young man" just yet. Initially, he is anxious to fit in with the big...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 2:57 pm UTC

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The foreign, wild, and rugged setting advances the themes of alienation and maturation. This setting helps to advance the plot since the main character's actions and maturation are connected to the...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017 1:58 pm UTC

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There are two major conflicts in this story, one interior and one exterior. Both have to do with the growing maturity of Jerry. Jerry is a young boy when the story opens who has evidently lost his...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2009 9:43 am UTC

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After Jerry successfully swims through the tunnel, he feels he has accomplished what he set out to accomplish. He has proven his ability - he has demonstrated his "manhood," so the bay is no...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 1:53 pm UTC

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By swimming through the tunnel, Jerry completes a rite of passage. He also realizes that even though he can do what the big boys can, he still wants to go home and spend time with his mother.

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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The final words in the story best summarise why Jerry did not challenge his mother's instruction that he should not go swimming any more that day: It was no longer of the least importance to go to...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2017 6:10 pm UTC

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The dramatic climax of the story occurs when Jerry reaches the end of the tunnel and makes his way to the surface. Doris Lessing creates tremendous suspense prior to the story's climax. After Jerry...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2009 12:51 pm UTC

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Tone is defined as a writer's attitude, or feelings, toward the subject matter or even toward the writer's audience. Tone can be conveyed through a writer's diction and other literary devices...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 9:00 am UTC

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While Jerry is on vacation with his mother, he swims out into the warm sea until his mother is but a yellow speck on the beach. After swimming back to her, Jerry sees some native boys whom he would...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013 10:31 pm UTC

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Rather than go to the beach where he and his mother usually go, Jerry is drawn to a different rocky location. Even to reach that bay, he has to climb over sharp rocks that scrape his feet. Looking...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 10:39 pm UTC

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One of the themes in "Through the Tunnel" highlights the developing individualism of a young boy. To that end, the setting in Lessing's story contributes to the development of this theme. Setting...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2015 5:34 pm UTC

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Doris Lessing’s story uses two contrasting environments to show the changes that a boy undergoes one summer. The contrast that she draws pertains both to the literal, physical environment and to...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021 3:51 am UTC

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Jerry is an eleven-year old English boy on vacation with his mother on a beach they have neen to before. Jerry's mother is a widow and is somewhat overprotective, yet sometimes not protective...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2007 11:01 am UTC

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After his rejection by the older native boys in the wild bay, Jerry's goal is to accomplish what these boys have done by swimming through the underwater tunnel on his own. In this way, he can...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2016 8:44 am UTC

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Doris Lessing builds suspense in "Through the Tunnel" by using words with negative connotations and painful imagery to describe Jerry's experience at the "wild bay." Instead of the "safe beach,"...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 12:00 pm UTC

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I think Jerry learned more than only two lessons in the story. One lesson that he learned was the importance of training. I think he always knew the importance of training, which is why he...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 6:48 pm UTC

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Doris Lessing's story "Through the Tunnel" can be understood as a coming-of-age story. Jerry and his mother are on vacation together, and Jerry is a typical, young boy. He loves his mother, but...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2017 5:31 pm UTC

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Jerry cries from fear, embarrassment, frustration, and humiliation. At the beach, Jerry gets permission from his mother to swim away from her over by the rocks, a good distance from her. There he...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

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Jerry wants to strike out on his own and join in with the other boys as proof that he is old enough to be safe without his mother. When Jerry reaches the rocks, he notices that there is an "edge of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2017 11:31 pm UTC

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Jerry, a boy of eleven, has come to the shore with his mother. She is very protective of him, treating him as the little boy he has always been, although she is aware that he growing up and worries...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 1:50 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 1:32 pm UTC

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The protagonist of Doris Lessing's story, Jerry, is an eleven-year-old English boy at the threshold of puberty whose father has died, leaving him as the only child of his widowed mother. On holiday...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2017 9:09 am UTC

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Doris Lessing's "Through the Tunnel" has maturation as its theme. When Jerry receives only the grave frowning from the bigger boys, he realizes that they perceive him as a mere child. So, he wants...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 7:31 am UTC

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It seems to me that "Through the Tunnel" is a story about an adolescent's struggle with his own identity (or, we could say, his quest to establish his own identity) and his desire to be wanted and...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2010 10:42 pm UTC

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I think the atmosphere and mood that is created through those words is a suspenseful, tense, and ominous atmosphere. Dorris Lessing needed to use words like "dark" and "looming" in order to change...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

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For Jerry, the wild bay seems to represent adulthood and maturity. He's a young adolescent, and so it seems natural that he no longer wants to accompany his mother to their usual, "safe beach,"...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 4:52 pm UTC

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Doris Lessing's story has two settings; the "safe beach" on which Jerry's mother sits, and the "wild bay" where the native boys daringly swim through and underwater tunnel. It is in this wild bay...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011 11:11 am UTC

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The conflict in Lessing's "Through the Tunnel" is man vs. self and man vs. nature, and it is directly related to the conflict of the story. The boy is Jerry, who is eleven, and he is the only child...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016 9:32 pm UTC

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In this story, Jerry's mom seems to be a little bit overprotective, in my opinion. She worries about him a lot and doesn't want him to do things that are not, in her opinion, safe. I would think...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2010 11:25 am UTC

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