Essay on "Though the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing

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Life presents internal and external challenges, everyone experiences them. Sometimes you will pursue something for a particular reward, but another, more greater reward is achieved. I have experienced this in my own life and so has Jerry in the story “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing. In the story “Through the Tunnel” Jerry wanted to swim under the wall to be with the older boys to prove that even though he was younger he could do the same things they can. In the beginning Jerry was thinking “To be with them, of them, was a craving that filled his whole body,”(101) he was trying to become apart of them and he did. When the boys were swimming to the other side Jerry could not figure out how they did it resulting him acting out, “And now, in a panic of failure, he yelled up, in English, “Look at me! Look!” and he began splashing and kicking the water like a foolish dog.”(101) When the older boys gave him the frown he knew they no longer accepted him so when they left “He cried openly, fists in his eyes. There was no one to see him and he cried himself out.”(103) I’ve had a similar experience with horses. I wanted to be just like my sister, Sara, because it always seemed like my parents liked her better because she was better at everything. So when I first started riding I was amazing at it but then came the trot. The trot is the second slowest speed but it is bouncy, but the thing with my horse, Misty, is that it is extremely bouncy, worse then going on a dirt road with a million potholes, because she use to be a passer. So I would constantly be bouncy out of the saddle. Then one day I finally got it. I realized that it wasn't to get my parents attention but to prove to myself that I could do one thing the she couldn’t, that is riding Misty. The thing with succeeding is that you have to fail to make it there. Jerry was constantly had his failures, “He plunged

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