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    In Doris Lessing’s short story, “Through the Tunnel”, the Lessing teaches the reader about setting and achieving them. “Through the Tunnel” tells the story of a young English boy named Jerry whose mother allows him to go explore the bay. He meets a group of local boys and ends up swimming them. While swimming with the boys, Jerry discovers that the boys are swimming through an underwater tunnel. Eventually, the boys go off somewhere else and leave Jerry alone. Upset and lonely, Jerry swims around by himself and decides to find the tunnel that the boys were swimming through. When exploring the tunnel entrance, Jerry becomes determined to swim through the tunnel and make it to the other side. In “Through the Tunnel”, Doris Lessing uses…

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    “Through the Tunnel” In Doris Lessing’s short story, “Through the Tunnel”, the author teaches the reader about setting goals and achieving them. “Through the Tunnel” tells the story of a young English boy named Jerry who’s mother lets him go and allows him to explore the bay. While on the bay, he meets a group of boys who he ends up swimming with. While swimming with the boys, Jerry discovers that the boys are swimming through a tunnel underwater. Eventually, the boys go off somewhere else…

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    The Fifth Child

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    Protagonists: Harriet Lovatt- Wife of David Lovatt & mother to Luke, Helen, Jane, Paul, and Ben. Ben Lovatt- Fifth child of Harriet & David Lovatt and born with issues and different than the other children. Antagonists: David Lovatt- Husband of Harriet & father of Luke, Helen, Jane, Paul, and Ben. He dislikes Ben. Deborah Lovatt- David’s sister James Lovatt- David & Deborah Lovatt’s father. He pays for most finances for David and Harriet. Molly- David and Deborah Lovatt’s mother. Dorothy-…

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    Deciding when risks are worth taking is something many people have trouble with. Risks are worth taking when going through the journey from childhood to adulthood. Doris Lessing, the author of “Through the Tunnel”, describes Jerry’s journey as he takes a dangerous risk. In the beginning of the story, Jerry wanted more independence from his widowed mother. He wants to prove to himself that he can accomplish anything he puts his mind too. Jerry is a believable character because, he conquers a risk…

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    In the story “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing, she writes a story about a boy Jerry and his quest to swim through the tunnel. The story may seem normal at first, and may even seem like a quest, but like many authors Lessing has encoded explicit messages and meanings within her story in order to express deeper meaning. Lessing does this in the piece “Through the Tunnel” using imagery to express the hidden explicit message. As Lessing wrote, “They were big boys - men, to Jerry. … He felt he…

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    Held Off Gunman

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    Lessing construed Jerry as a courageous character that seeks adventure. Also displaying physical courage and a near death experience, Jerry gains independence and a sense of self-worth. While on vacation in France, he comes across local boys while swimming at the beach. Waiting anxiously for the boys to come back up from under the waves, astonishingly several minutes pass beforehand. They then leave while he imagines all the wonders below. “He knew he must find his way through that cave, or…

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    Tuck Everlasting Analysis

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    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…

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    The Will to Thrive Through the archetypes in the short story Through the Tunnel, Doris Lessing informs the reader that goals can become reality through hard work and determination. At first, Jerry only strives for attention. He does stupid things to try to gain people’s attention. However, his antics fall short with the native boys; instead “They looked down gravely, frowning” (Lessing). The quote is an example of the outcast archetype. The boy’s reactions completely changes Jerry’s outlook on…

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    “All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). In Doris Lessings, “Through The Tunnel” a young boy named Jerry overcomes many obstacles in his early life. Jerry is a typical eleven years old who would like to make friend. He pushes himself to the limit trying to do so. Jerry meets a group of foreign boys. His attempts in making friends do not work out. Soon after the encounter Jerry finds out about a tunnel through a rock. He tries to swim through the…

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    The short story “Through the Tunnel” Doris Lessing, the non-fiction story, “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rider” Bruce Weber, and the novel, “The Outsiders” S.E. Hinton, all portray that coming of age is when a person goes through a changing experience which allows them to grow and become their own heroes. Bruce Weber’s non-fiction story “The Loneliness of a Long Distance Rider” portrays that loneliness is the key to coming of age and healing after going through a traumatic experience.…

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