Sacrifices Are Present In Our Everyday Life
“Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to.” -
We all have to make sacrifices everyday, big and small. In the short story, Through the Tunnel, by Doris Lessing, Jerry is focused on a certain goal, so he practiced and each time came home with a bloody nose, but he realized it was a sacrifice he had to make. “His nose bled so badly that he turned dizzy and had lie limply over the big rock like a bit of seaweed..” This material may be protected by copyright.When Jerry first tried to make it through the tunnel, he lost his breath, almost got stuck and drowned. He continued to try though, he wanted to achieve his goal. Jerry saw the older boys going under water and coming up a little while later on the other side of the wall. He he decided to try himself once they left. He jumped off the rock and swam toward the bottom, but he each time he ran out of breath before he was able to find the tunnel. He came back the next day with a new strategy and practiced more and more until he felt confident to try again. He jumped in, let the rock bring him down, found the tunnel and went for it. He began to make his way, counting his breathes as he went, “Fifty, fiftyone, fiftytwo…” He pulled himself through banging his head on the top as he went. He pulled himself up and made his way through and floated his way to the top with his pain filled lungs. He felt accomplished, but he payed a price,
He could see nothing but a redveined, clotted dark. His eyes must have burst, he thought; they were full of blood. He tore off his goggles and gout of blood went into the sea. His nose was bleeding, and the blood had filled the goggles.
Jerry knew it wouldn’t be easy, he knew it might cause pain, and he knew it was a sacrifice he would have to make. “An immense, swelling pain filled his head..”. While practicing he struggled to breathe and pain filled his lungs, but he kept trying. During his final test; however, he bumped his head and his nose started to bleed, “His head knocked against something; a sharp pain dizzied him.” The kept pushing and kept going through the long way. He was beaten up, he made a sacrifice to achieve his goal. Not everyone wants to sacrifice something, but sometimes it’s the price we have to pay.