Analysis Of ' Through The Tunnel ' By Doris Lessing And Jacques Lusseyran

1112 Words Feb 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Adversity is a factor in every person’s life, but not everyone is lucky enough to possess resilience. Resilience is the ability to prevail when faced obstacles in life. There are many methods people use to gain resilience, and there are many reasons why people cannot, but one reason why people never become resilient is because they live a life with unsupportive or detrimental parents. Elizabeth from the short story “Jericho” by Margaret Price and the boy from “Untitled” by Anonymous are key examples of this idea. This principle is also supported through the opposite scenario: When parents are supportive towards their children, the children tend to be resilient. Key examples of this idea are Jerry from the short story “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing and Jacques Lusseyran from the book written by him, “The Blind in Society.” These principles, however, are only tendencies. Exceptions to them can be seen in Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and “The Centaur” by May Swenson. Poor parenting can easily contribute to a child’s inability to become resilient whether it is intentional or not. Elizabeth is one example of a person without resilience who has a dysfunctional father. Her father is an alcoholic with serious issues that are exceeding obvious. Instead of confronting and solving the problems within her family, she abandons them and leaves them alone to deal with it. “It was only the warped, early dark of two a.m. that made things seem unforgivable” for her, and as…

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