Samantha Schrom Compare and Contrast Essay
“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature”-John D. Rockefeller.
In the stories Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket by Jack Finney and Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing, the main characters Tom and Jerry both have a great amount of perseverance to overcome obstacles to achieve what they set out to do. Tom and Jerry have many similarities and differences.
Tom and Jerry are similar by the way they are motivated, strategize, and persevere. In Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket, Tom loses one of his papers out his window on the ledge of his building and decides to go out and get it even though it will be dangerous. In Through the Tunnel, Jerry goes to explore the bay and meets three boys that go under water for long amounts of time to come up on the other side of the barrier of rocks. He decides to try even though he knows it’s dangerous and he doesn’t know how they even get through the rocks. Tom uses strategy to walk along the ledge without falling and get his paper successfully. He knows that there is a chance that he might fall so he walks slowly and carefully on the edge and tries not to panic. After he gets the paper and starts his was back he looks down and begins to panic. He thinks that now he is going to fall no matter what. Jerry spends the next few days controlling his breathing under water to over two minutes. On the day he decided to do it, he used a rock as an anchor to bring himself to the bottom where the tunnel was. He starts through the tunnel and it is very narrow then it widens but by that time he starts to feel himself running out of breath and still doesn’t see the end. Tom manages to make it back to the window of his apartment without falling but the window had fallen shut and there was no way to open in from the outside. He considers his options and knows he can’t stay out there...