Everything you need to understand or teach Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth.
On the surface, "Lost in the Funhouse" is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy's trip to the beach with his family on the fourth of July during World War II. With Ambrose are his older brother Peter, their mother and father, their Uncle Karl, and a fourteen-year-old neighbor girl, Magda, to whom both Ambrose and Peter are attracted. Having learned that the beach is covered in oil and tar from the fleet off-shore, the group decides to go through the funhouse instead. Both boys fantasize about going through the maze with Magda, but it suddenly becomes clear to Ambrose that he has misunderstood the meaning of the funhouse, has failed to see "that to get through expeditiously was not the point." He realizes that he is too young to understand or engage in the sexual play associated with the funhouse's dark corners. More profoundly, however, he also realizes that he... View more of the Lost in the Funhouse Summary