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"Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing

Summary: In her descriptive narrative "Through the Tunnel," Doris Lessing uses setting and complex characters to establish that discovering one's own identity can be a truly harsh experience. In the case of the protagonist Jerry, he wants acceptance from his peers and to be in control of his life, but his harsh reality is that he still wants to stay with his mother because she is all he has. Jerry learns that identity is given to you from those around you, not something you establish on your own.
Ryan Williams

Mr. Ayres

English per.0

Oct/2/05

Through the tunnel

"Through the Tunnel" is a descriptive narrative written by Doris Lessing. It was first published in the New Yorker on August 6, 1955. The protagonist, Jerry, and his mother are thrown in a world where they discover who they truly are. Through the use of setting, this story communicates the theme that establishing one's identity is truly a painful experience. In this story, Jerry struggles with the choice of being on his own and being accepted, but he soon realizes that creating his own identity is harsh. Doris Lessing uses a descriptive setting and complex characters to show what kind of world Jerry lives in.

The story begins with a description Jerry's mother carrying a bright striped purse. It was this and many other uses of describing Jerry's surroundings with the use of bright colors that symbolized that Jerry was...

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