Through the Tunnel
By Andrew Blau
“Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension”- Joshua Liebman
Maturity is earned not gained, in the book Through the Tunnel by Dorris Lessing , Jerry earns his maturity. Jerry isn’t satisfied as just being a little kid so he wants to grow up. He wants to be mature but he knows he has to earn his maturity do he takes it into his own hands. This book is based on a boy named Jerry and his Mom on vacation.
Jerry is on vacation with his Mom, staying at a seaside villa. He goes to the beach everyday with his mom. Everyday he goes to the beach he notices a cove of rocks that he always wants to explore but knows that his Mom doesn’t want him to. “Going to the shore on the first morning of the vacation, the young English boy stopped at a turning of the path and looked down at a wild and rocky bay and then over to the crowded beach he knew so well from other years.” But one day on the way to the beach his mom allows him to go to the cove. “She was thinking, Of course he’s old enough to be safe without me. Have I been keeping him too close?”
Again his nose bled at night, and his mother insisted on his coming with her the next day. It was a torment to him to waste a day of his careful self-training, but he stayed with her on that other beach, which now seemed a place for small children, a place where his mother might lie safe in the sun. It was not his beach.
This was a maturing experience for Jerry. He started immature and fearful but became mature and brave. He keeps trying to get to the bottom of the rock to swim through but he struggles everyday. “He was without light, and the water seemed to press upon him with the weight of rock. Seventy-one, seventy-two. There was no strain on his lungs. He felt like an inflated balloon, his lungs were so light and easy, but his head was pulsing.”. Jerry preservers everyday until he finally makes it through the tunnel. after Jerry did this he evolved from a young boy to a young adult. “After a time, his heart quieted, his eyes cleared, and he sat up. He could see the local boys diving and playing half a mile away. He did not want them. He wanted nothing but to get back home and lie down.” Although Jerry started as a boy; he took a risk and matured; he ended a man.
This was a life altering experience for Jerry because he didn’t gain maturity he earned it