22 October 2017
Through the Tunnel: Did Jerry Experience the Rite of Passage?
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible,” the American author Orison Swett Marden once said. In the passage Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing, Jerry, a young boy, has interest in achieving a high goal he set for himself. Once he made the decision, his goal was to successfully go through a tunnel in deep water. Planning what is going to be done is painless, but performing the goal without any worries proves difficulties. During the duration of Jerry setting such a high goal for himself, he experienced the rite of passage by successfully accomplishing what he started, coming of age, and receiving insight about life and himself.
Jerry noticeably grew up within the time period of his life when figuring out a way to go through the tunnel, because he made an adult-like decision to set such a high goal for himself. In the course of time Jerry was proposing and setting the goal of going through the tunnel, he created a concrete plan on how to execute his goal. As stated in the text, “I want some swimming goggles,” he panted, defiant and beseeching. First, he thought, he must learn to control his breathing. He let himself down into the water with another big stone in his arms, so that he could lie effortlessly on the bottom of the sea… All night the boy dreamed of the water-filled cave in the rock, and as soon as breakfast was over he went to the bay” (Lessing). In order for Jerry to accomplish his goal, he needs to make a foolproof plan in order to have no difficulties. Concurrently, he needs to gather specific objects that will make it possible for him to be able to accomplish his goal. The text proclaimed that he needed goggles to be able to see underwater, so he went to his mother. Jerry asked urgently for the goggles and showed how he insisted on beginning training and reaching his goal. If Jerry never set up a plan, he would most likely not have been able to reach the goal he insisted on achieving whatsoever, because he would have been clueless. Generally speaking, for Jerry to accomplish his goal, he needs to put in countless amounts of hard work and training as much as he possibly can. Directly taken from the passage, “That day and the next, Jerry exercised his lungs as if everything, the whole of his life, all that he could become, depended upon it. Again his nose bled at night, and his mother insisted on his coming with her the next day. It was a torment to him to waste a day of his careful training, but he stayed with her on that other beach, which now seemed a place for small children, a place where his mother might lie safe in the sun. It was not his beach” (Lessing). A known fact is that a person exceeds in life when making time to practice causing a perfect strategy to build up. If Jerry does not put the...