GradeSaver, 6 December 2018 Web. But he then appears on the other side of the dark rock breathing for air. He is determined to be able to hold his breath for a sufficient time so he can accomplish this feat. He manages to overcome the challenge with sheer hard work, persistence and determination. With these qualities Jerry is easy to get along with. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The theme of this story is individualism.
This is mainly because of what the Tunnel symbolises and how it affects our main protagonist. At first Jerry is unable to find the tunnel in the rocks. To redeem himself, his confidence, and faith, he knew he must swim through that tunnel. As symbol, it is an obstruction that prevents Jerry from joining the boys in the world of experience and adolescent independence from parent authority. When Jerry finally achieves his goal, there is no fanfare, no applause, just a quiet celebration within himself knowing that he succeeded. Even then, he appears to tolerate and get around her eccentric and nurturing ways.
He also went from the safe, busy beach with his mother, to the risky rocky bay with the native boys. When he was so far out that he could look back not only on the little bay but past the promontory that was between it and the big beach, he floated on the buoyant surface and looked for his mother. The freedom of the free story consists primarily in its potential for plotlessness, or narrative inconclusiveness. He prepared himself, and dived. By telling the story from the perspective of the English tourists, Lessing heightens the sense of distance between the main characters and the locals Jerry encounters. In this story Jerry tries to impress several foreign boys by attempting to swim through a tunnel.
He looked up at the crack as if it were filled with air and not water, as if he could put his mouth to it to draw in air. Yes, that is how it would all end, two aging women, with the children—who would soon have grown up and gone. Parallel to this, Lessing also explores the total isolation that the reader and Jerry experiences, as he struggles to find his own identity. They were feeling as if at last their real lives were starting. Many of these children will be raised without a father figure present.
Jerry never gives up and even if he does he receives a sudden impulse and acts on his impulse. It is as though Jerry is not only taking on himself but he is battling with nature too. By the time the story has ended and he has accomplished this grueling task after a long period of preparation, and has made a significant step toward maturity. The only problem with this whole mission is that it appears to be self-imposed with pain. To get through the tunnel before he leaves Paris. Historical context informs the reader with a greater understanding of the complexities and nuances lying beneath the surface. But it was neurotic to think like this and she must try to suppress it.
She is always worrying about her son and is somewhat protective of him. Mother The mother is an anxious widow who takes her son, Jerry, on vacation. His head was swelling, his lungs cracking. When Jerry strives to be able to hold his breath underwater, he does all this by himself without the help of his mother. Like the novel in England over the period 1930 to 1960, the free story has been much occupied with social change and has been responsive to social settings and pressures.
The territory which Jack Orkney occupies at the close of the fiction is analogous to that occupied by the narrator of Memoirs of a Survivor. Lessing suggests, in effect, that most of our complex social forms and processes can be reduced to very basic feelings and desires, and that until we recognise this, there can be no possibility of transcendence of such feelings. At any time Jerry could swim towards his mother but chooses not to. Today: Apartheid ends in 1994. In this case, it was the tunnel and the native boys. In the earlier stories she has a Swiftean ability, not to defamiliarize, but to create a sense of critical alienation from social or conventional forms and mores.
The first symbolic location that readers encounter in the story is the safe beach, where Jerry's mother spends her time. Karen Holleran Holleran is an adjunct instructor at College and a frequent writer on literary subjects. Written by Timothy Sexton was awarded the most prestigious honor in literature when she won the Nobel Prize in 2007. Jerry trains until he does not require air for minutes at a time. In 1957, the single mother was a suspicious figure in the United States, as well as in Europe.
The fact that he pushes his way through the tunnel in many ways mirrors the fact that Jerry also pushes his way through his childhood into young adulthood. Chatwins use of language is not as easily accessible and has a modest attempt of astuteness. This is where we see Jerry, the boy. Because of the position of the tunnel relative to the others and his mother and the effort it takes to get through the tunnel, the tunnel comes to represent Jerry's rite of passage into manhood. The tunnel Jerry swims through represents his childhood. Jerry has relied on nobody but himself. Her works of fiction were deeply autobiographical based off of her experiences in Africa giving it a sense of non-fiction at points.