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In The Tunnel by William Gass, the narrator quotes several limericks (page 10, 15, 16, 18). What are the meanings and...

Professor Kohler is the narrator and main character of The Tunnel by William H. Gass. What starts out as Kohler's introduction to an already completed book he has written becomes the ramblings of...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2015 11:28 pm UTC

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From p8-p12 of The Tunnel, Gass quoted a series of diaries from writers in history (William Wordsworth, Katherine...

It is very important to remember that this entire book is written in the stream of consciousness technique. In this way, we are let into a character's thoughts. We cannot, and will not, know why...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 5:49 pm UTC

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On page 12, the author narrated a date with his lover, Lou, inserted with his thoughts about people's response to his...

The answer to your question is really that the entire story is written in the stream of consciousness technique. There is no reasoning why the speaker's thoughts drift where they do. We are simply...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 5:34 pm UTC

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I am translating the first nineteen pages of William Gass's The Tunnel and need some guidance. How are all the...

In The Tunnel by William Gass, Professor Kohler is trying to make sense of the consuming anger he feels. It has prevented him from finishing the introduction to his book satisfactorily and he...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 2:47 pm UTC

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Why does Jerry agree to go home with his mother at the end of the story "Through the Tunnel"?

At the end of the narrative, Jerry agrees to accompany his mother because he has already proven to himself that he can do what the older boys do; he has swum through the tunnel and completed his...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 5:27 am UTC

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In The Tunnel, Gass often talks about famous European philosophers and writers, including Godehard Link, Hintze,...

The Tunnel by William H. Gass is a richly allusive novel told by a first person narrator, Professor Kohler, a middle-aged American professor specializing in German history. He has just finished a...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2015 11:25 pm UTC

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On page 16 of The Tunnel, Gass dedicates significant description to Mad Meg's hands. Why and how should we interpret...

Please realize that this, as well as all of the other instances in the book, are examples of the stream of consciousness technique that the author uses. In this case, professor Kohler is speaking...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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On page 17 of The Tunnel, Gass mentions a string of names. Who are they and what is the purpose of mentioning them?

First of all, please realize that the actual answer to your question is that the author wrote this book in the stream of consciousness technique. This means that we are let into the characters'...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 6:15 pm UTC

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