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Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing. http:// www.npr.org /2012/09/11/160894364/how-to-get-birds-to-pick-blue-berries-they-can-t- eat?ps = view&ec = mostpopular A Berry So Shiny, It's Irresistible (And Inedible). 9 Literature: “Through the Tunnel” pp. 22-29. What is the POV ?.

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Through the Tunnel

by Doris Lessing

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http://www.npr.org/2012/09/11/160894364/how-to-get-birds-to-pick-blue-berries-they-can-t-eat?ps=view&ec=mostpopularhttp://www.npr.org/2012/09/11/160894364/how-to-get-birds-to-pick-blue-berries-they-can-t-eat?ps=view&ec=mostpopular

  • A Berry So Shiny, It's Irresistible (And Inedible)
9 literature through the tunnel pp 22 29
9 Literature: “Through the Tunnel” pp. 22-29

What is the POV?

Point of view:

Objective

Third person

First Person

Omniscient or Limited omniscient

  • http://www.learner.org/interactives/literature/read/pov2.html
9 literature through the tunnel pp 22 291
9 Literature: “Through the Tunnel” pp. 22-29
  • What two conflicts are presented in this story?
  • man vs. self
  • Man vs. force greater than himself

2. Against whom or what is Jerry fighting?

  • Himself
  • Nature or the ocean

3. What is Jerry’s age and family situation?

  • He is eleven and the only child of a widow.
9 literature through the tunnel pp 22 292
9 Literature: “Through the Tunnel” pp. 22-29

4. How are the conflicts resolved

finally?

  • First, Jerry conquers his own

fear and masters the physical

weakness that bars him from

swimming through the secret

tunnel.

  • Second, he is victorious over the forces of nature when he successfully swims through the tunnel.
  • Why does Jerry cry when he cannot dive through the tunnel?
  • He is frustrated by the physical and emotional weakness that prohibits him from performing as the older boys perform.
9 literature through the tunnel pp 22 293
9 Literature: “Through the Tunnel” pp. 22-29
  • Why does Jerry keep this feat from his mother?
  • He wants to prove to himself that he is able to conquer his fear and physical limitations; therefore, his mother’s knowledge of his victory is irrelevant. Jerry also does not wish to worry her.
  • What does the last sentence of this short story imply?
  • Having tested himself and succeeded, there is no further need for testing.
  • What does Jerry fear as

he is swimming in the

tunnel?

  • He fears failure,

or worse, death.

9 literature through the tunnel pp 22 294
9 Literature: “Through the Tunnel” pp. 22-29
  • If Jerry had had his own set of friends at the bay, would he have felt the need to follow the older boys at the bay?
  • What are some signs of Jerry’s immaturity?
  • Example: making faces at the older boys

11. What are some other characteristics Jerry displayed?