What elements emphasize Jerry's outsiderness?
mwestwood | Certified Educator
Jerry is different from the other boys in the story "The Tunnel" in several ways:
- Jerry is an English boy on vacation with his mother at a beach which is most likely on the coast of Africa.
- Jerry runs straight into the water when he arrives at the beach with his swim suit on
- He swims to a cape where there are native boys "stripping off their clothes."
- Unlike Jerry, they are a "smooth dark brown" and they speak a language Jerry does not understand.
- These boys are older than Jerry and are not with any parent
- These bigger boys are better swimmers than Jerry
- They are able to swim through a tunnel under the water and come up on the far side of a barrier rock.
- They find Jerry's antics childish: He shouts common greetings in French; then, he wiggles his ears with his fingers.
- The boys reject Jerry and swim back to the shore without looking at him.