Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing

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What is the response elicited in the reader in "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing?

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I think it is clear that Lessing wants us to feel that Jerry has been very brave and strong in terms of going through his own coming-of-age initiation. He has proved to himself that he is no longer a child, dependent on his mother, and has grown up. This response is of course linked to the central theme of the story, which is...

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