Tuck Everlasting Analysis

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Everyone shares a similar journey, all with struggles which lead to victory, but no two are exactly the same. In the short story, “Through the Tunnel” written by Doris Lessing, Jerry, an eleven-year-old boy on vacation with his mother, decides that he wants to go to the other beach. He tries to dive with the native boys but does not succeed his first try. So, instead of giving up, he does what he can to accomplish his goal of swimming through the tunnel. In the film, Tuck Everlasting by Jay Russell, Winnie, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives with her parents, wants to be herself and not a cookie cutter image of the other girls her age which her parents want her to be. She leaves her house in search of something new and meets the Tucks. While Winnie is with them, she learns …show more content…
Winnie risks not growing up and living life. Mr. Tuck explains this to her when he states, “Don't be afraid of death, Winnie, be afraid of the unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live” (Russell). Mr. Tuck’s explanation helps Winnie understand that she will not want to live forever because she will not be living her life to the fullest. This shows how people worry too much about dying and do not live their lives to the fullest and Winnie would do this along with many other people. Conversely, Jerry’s risk is different from Winnie’s because his task could result in harm to himself whereas Winnie risks experiencing adulthood. While Jerry is pursuing his task, he worries about becoming “dizzy in the tunnels, supposing he died they're, trapped” (Lessing). This is showing the risks involved with Jerry’s task because he could die in the tunnel. This proves the dangerous risk involved in Jerry’s task since he is a young boy and is only beginning to test his strength and self-confidence. Winnie and Jerry both have risks involved with their tasks but Jerry's is more dangerous than

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