What is the Tucks' greatest sadness in "Tuck Everlasting"?please help today ! :(

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Tucks' greatest sadness is that, because of their inability to grow and change, they can no longer participate in the great wheel that is life.  Angus Tuck explains his view of the life to Winnie, saying that

"Everything's a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping...and people...never the same ones, always growing and changing, moving on...that's the way it's supposed to be". 

Since the Tucks will never grow old, they have been dropped off the wheel of life; they are

"stuck so's (they) can't move on...(they) ain't a part of the wheel no more...dropped off...left behind...and everywhere around...things is moving and growing and changing". 

As an example of the family's predicament, Miles relates that he had had a family once, but when his wife and children grew old while he did not, his wife began to fear that he had sold his soul to the Devil, and she took the children and left.  Because of their unnatural state, the Tucks are unable to form normal relationships with others and cannot do the things that regular people do, for fear of being found out.  Angus Tuck says,

"Being part of the whole thing, that's a blessing, but it's passing us by, the Tucks.  Living's heavy work, but off to one side, the way we are, it's useless too...you can't have living without dying...so you can't call it living, what we got, we just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road" (Chapter 12).

hcps-kingtr | Student

Tucks greatest sadness is that when he comes back to Treegap for Winnie and find out she is dead.