Through the Tunnel Questions and Answers
by Doris Lessing

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Through The Tunnel Theme

What do you think is the main message, or theme, of this story? Consider what the swim through the tunnel means to Jerry and why Jerry no longer feels he has to go to the bay.

 

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Concerning Lessing's "Through the Tunnel," you should be cautious if you're looking for a cliche or a one-liner that tells the reader how to live life.  Fables and other kinds of literature do that, but sophisticated contemporary literature usually does not.  Life is more ambiguous than that, and sophisticated literature usually reflects that.

Theme in "Through the Tunnel" relates to the ideas raised.

First, the issues of parental control and protection and a child's independence are raised.  Jerry is apparently a little overprotected at the beginning of the story and...

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