through the tunnel questions by stariya


									                        “Through the Tunnel” Questions

In the first sentence, a conflict is revealed. How does the geographical description of the
setting infer conflict? What about the path?

What does the mother’s “very white” arm suggest?

Jerry’s mother is a widow. How might this characteristic fuel her inner conflict?

What diction does Lessing use to develop the bay as a symbol for temptation – danger –
and movement from safety/innocence?

How does the title relate to the story’s theme of rites of passage and growing up?

                                                 What/who are the chief antagonists of
                                                 this story? Who is the protagonist?

                                                 What does the bay represent? The

                                                 Why is mom nameless?

What point of view is the story told in? Omniscient or limited omniscient? How do you

Who is the author of “Through the Tunnel”? What did you learn about her?

Write a paragraph that comments on Lessing’s characterization of Jerry.

      What makes Jerry a dynamic character? Use examples from the text that
       demonstrate his change.
      Describe Jerry’s internal conflict and how that internal conflict drives his
      How does Jerry’s external conflict with nature become tangled with his internal
      What is one potential theme of the story, other than our shared theme (rite de
       passage) and how is the characterization of Jerry used to facilitate this theme?

Mr. Holt                                                                         English 10

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