In "Tuck Everlasting", when Mr. Tuck takes Winnie rowing, what does he talk about?How does he feel about living forever and how does Winnie think of this?

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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter Twelve of Tuck Everlasting, Tuck takes Winnie out onto the pond in a rowboat just as the sun is setting. They bear witness to the different kinds of wildlife and the natural world around them, and Tuck begins to tell Winnie that life is a wheel which has its natural cycles of beginnings and endings; this is organic and the way that the world is intended to be.

The boat slides into a tree and stops moving, at which point Tuck compares his family to the boat. They have defied that natural order of things by becoming immortal. He is unhappy with this fact and believes that it is a violation of the way life is intended to be. He does not want to live forever.

Winnie, on the other hand, is frightened of the idea of death and wishes that she could become immortal, too. Tuck attempts to explain that the fact that his family will not die is "wrong." Ultimately, he wants Winnie to weigh her decision very carefully before she commits to drinking the water and seizing immortality for herself.

hero5 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mr. Tuck explains to Winnie about the cycles of life being like a wheel. He talks about everything having a beginning and an end and that life moves naturally, in these cycles. He tells Winnie that the Tucks are stuck. They are not part of this wheel anymore. They are like a rock on the side of the road. He does not think living forever is natural. He feels like it is a mistake. He does not want to live forever. Winnie does not want to die. She wants to be like the Tucks, but Tuck tells her everything must happen in time, the way it was meant and that if others find the spring it will cause so many problems. He really wants Winnie to understand this before she tries to drink from the spring.