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Rk musty anthologies and brought them into the light giving them the individual attention they deserve Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind As the words come to life students will develop a lasting. Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing is a story about a boy named Jerry and how he matures over time Jerry wanted to be included in a group of older boys He thought they would accept him if he could swim through a tunnel underwater For Jerry movement through the tunnel is a passage from the immaturity of boyhood to the maturity of adulthood
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Do your students enjoy a good laugh Do they like to be scared Or do they just like a book with a happy ending No matter what their taste our Creative Short Stories series has the answerWe've taken some of the world's best stories from da. Rite of PassageThrough the Tunnel by Doris Lessing The New Yorker New York 1995 Doris Lessing perfectly captures the awkward age of adolescence the time period where one is caught between childhood and adulthood Lessing wonderfully portrays the fears involved with branching out into the unfamiliar adult world along with the accompanying fear of parents to let their children leave the nest As a young reader new to being on my own I found this story really hit home for me The author flawlessly captures the feeling of younger child longing for the acceptance of the older children The of Jerry is reminiscent to the younger brother trying to catch up to his older siblings tagging along and trying to prove his worth and almost always getting hurt because of his stubbornness On the flip side she captures the abject feelings of rejection when Jerry is welcomed by the older boys only to be ignored when they figure out he is foreign He cries uncontrollably after being left behind as the boys swim through the secret tunnel But the rejection just makes Jerry determined to prove his worth I truly admired the abundant metaphors contained within this short story By far the most intriguing was the portrayal as the older boys as foreigners whose speech was not understood by Jerry This can be interpreted as a representation of how foreign and alien the adult world is to a child While on the cusp of manhood the adult world is still a mystery to him Another interesting allusion was that of the two beaches The safe beach freuented by Jerry s mother is an obvious representation for childhood safety it is warm and sunny with safe waves The rocky beach inhabited by the older boys is a symbol for adulthood it is rough and intimidating but intriguing to the almost man Jerry Coinciding with Jerry s struggle to swim through the underwater tunnel and be recognized by the older boys there is the mother s struggle to let her child grow up It is obvious that in the beginning of the story the relationship between mother and son is tense Jerry is on the brink of adulthood and his mother is not prepared for this She does let her son leave the safety of her side for the rocky beach but at the first sign of trouble in the form of a bloody nose she recalls him to her side in the nursery like beach In an act of rebellion the boy strikes out on his own to the rocky beach without his mother s knowledge He succeeds in proving himself but in a twist fears he will be unable to swim back the way he came perhaps a metaphor for innocence lost All in all Through the Tunnel is a charming story that perfectly captures the determination of a young boy trying to prove himself a man and a mother s fear of letting go It s a uick read but it particularly resonated from me as someone who recently left the nest I would defiantly recommend this rite of passage story to any avid reader
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Appreciation for great literatureThe humor of Mark Twainthe suspense of Edgar Allan Poethe danger of Jack Londonthe sensitivity of Katherine Mansfield Creative Short Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any libra.