Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing

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What contrast exists between the beach and the bay?

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In just the first paragraph of the story, the bay is referred to as "wild" and the beach as "safe."  It is the "safe beach" to which Jerry and his mother typically go when they are on vacation; this time, however, he notices the "wild bay" for the first time, and he longs to go there. 

At the wild bay, Jerry must navigate the "rough, sharp rock," and he notices the water with its "stains of purple and darker blue," a description that brings to mind the image of a bruise. He runs "sliding and scraping" over the rock.  In the water, big...

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