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Through The Tunnel" is written by a lady called Doris Lessing. Through the tunnel is a short story about a boy called Jerry and his mother who are on holiday

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Through The Tunnel Essay " Through The Tunnel" is written by a lady called Doris Lessing. Through the tunnel is a short story about a boy called Jerry and his mother who are on holiday in Spain. There are three themes to the story, the first is the safe beach . The second is the dangerous beach. The third is when jerry goes through the tunnel. The characters are introduced on their first day on holiday where they are going to the safe beach. It begins when they are walking to the beach and jerry stops to look at the other beach (dangerous beach), Jerry's mother stops and looks for him and asks if he wants to go to that beach instead. Guilt gets the better of him because his dad is dead, and he dose not want to leave his mother on her own. The next day it was the same routine of going to the beach and doing swimming and sunbathing all day. His mother asks him the same question as the other day, she wants to let him go and give him some independence. ...read more.

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When Jerry gets back to the beach he sees some boys who had burnt smooth skin and spoke a different language. This is the part of the story where jerry is introduced to his challenge, to go through the tunnel. Jerry thinks this is a good chance to make some new friends. Jerry tries to act older so that he can fit in with the boys. When Jerry gets back to the bay he climbed on to the rocks where the boys are, and tries to blend in. Jerry wants to join in because he thinks it may make him mature since he is playing with the older boys. The boys that Jerry is playing with are older and the writer makes them older than him, because jerry wants to be like them. When Jerry is with them it makes him feel older and more mature. After Jerry and the other boys have dived in a few times they all have a rest, after a bit the biggest of the boys gets ready to dive. ...read more.

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Jerry has to practice his breathing to do the challenge, which took up most of his time. Every time he goes under water for a long time his nose starts to bleed. He can hold his breath for one hundred and sixty seconds and when he keeps on practicing he can hold it for two minutes. This is the amount of time he needs to go through the tunnel. when he finds out that he is going home in a couple of days he decides to do it the day before he goes home. The time comes for him to do the challenge he goes to the bay and dives in. when he is going to the tunnel lots of thoughts are going through his head whether he is going to die or not and whether he will see his mother again. Once he gets to the tunnel he starts to go through the tunnel it gets thinner and thinner, and he starts to wonder if he will make it. Jerry makes it through and he is so delighted because he thinks he is mature now, but really he is just the same person as before the challenge. Ewan Hunter 3T3 Through the tunnel essay 12/18/2007 ...read more.

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