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Through The Tunnel Literary Analysis In Essay Form

Jack Bretl

Fitz English 

May 27

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Through The Tunnel Literary Analysis

4E1B4DE0-C71C-4ED7-B046-75ADC96DE022“Confidence comes with maturity, being more accepting of yourself.”

Nicole Scherzinger


Becoming more mature is a natural function, and that is exactly what Jerry does in the story Through The Tunnel by: Doris Lessing. This story is based around a young boy who is an only child on vacation with his widowed mother. The two of them have a normal beach routine where they both spend the day at the same beach, but this changed when the Son,  Jerry, wants to go to the Rocky Bay. “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.”

The boy grows an interest in the rocky bay because he has never been, and goes to the quiet beach almost everyday. His mother’s reaction when letting him go alone was quite nervous for the boy and herself “She was thinking, Of course he’s old enough to be safe without me. Have I been keeping him too close? He mustn’t feel he ought to be with me. I must be careful.” After  spending some time at the rocky bay he notices native boys that are going underneath the water and disappearing until appearing on a different side of the bay. “Soon the biggest of the boys poised himself, shot down into the water, and did not come up. The others stood about, watching. Jerry, after waiting for the sleek brown head to appear, let out a yell of warning; they looked at him idly and turned their eyes back toward the water. After a long time, the boy came up on the other side of a big dark rock, letting the air out of his lungs in a sputtering gasp and a shout of triumph.” He realizes there is a tunnel in which he would very much like to go through. 

“He was without light, and the water seemed to press upon him with the weight of the 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 had done it he not only had done it but he had done it in the span of just a couple of days. He grew an interest in something so he trained,  and taught himself how to execute this task. He matured greatly in this triumph. He not only separated himself from his mother but he undoubtedly swam in a dark tunnel with marginal training. He held his breath for about three minutes and proved himself that he could do it. His own Mother never even knew he had done this. All she saw were the nose bleeds and the bumps on his head. After Jerry accomplished his triumph he saw the group of native boys whom he expressed interest before he swam the tunnel, but now since he had done it he had lost interest in them. “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.”

He has matured and is now his own hero. His mother Never knew, he did it because he wanted to, not to prove anything.