English project through the tunnel

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  • RISING ACTION
  • "Through the Tunnel" is a short story about me and my passage, quite literally, under an obstacle so that I could be like the other boys in a country I am foreign to.
  • THEME AND CHARACTER ANALYSIS
  • The main character in this story is Jerry, a very kind, English boy who just wants to try new things and fit in with kids his age.
  • The story's theme is growing up. This is because the story follows Jerry as he realizes that he can be independent and that he has to work hard to get where he wants to be.
  • Jerry's mother
  • EXPOSITION
  • The exposition of the story begins when Jerry and his mom have just started their vacation. They had come from Great Britan to a more tropical setting that they had been to before. They are just beginning their walk to the beach, when Jerry spots a bay nearby that he wants to explore.
  • CLIMAX
  • After failing to do what the others were doing many times over the following days, he feels very left out and disappointed. One day, he demands that his mother get him goggles, then proceeds to go straight to the bay so he can see what he is doing while swimming under the rock.
  • Jerry
  • The climax is when Jerry is finally able to swim all the way under and through the gap in the rock on the last morning of his vacation. He succeeded in reaching his goal.
  • The rising action of the story begins when Jerry convinces his mother to let him explore the bay, where he meets some of the locals that are his age. As he swims with them, he watches them all hold their breath and swim under a giant rock that was poking out of the water.
  • THE RESOLUTION/FALLING ACTION
  • Once he had reached his goal, he went to the villa, due to a bloody nose and the pain in his head that he got from banging his head on the rock in the water. He went to bed and rested. Later that morning, his mother asked him how he hurt himself, and he refrained from telling her the truth. He did reveal to her that he could now hold his breath for about two minutes.
  • I completely agree
  • I think you should refrain from swimming for a bit.
  • The beach- the safe, known path that many want to follow and stay with The bay- the unknown, to be explored area of life that teens often have to explore The rock- the obstacle that you must face to reach your goals Swimming under the rock- a rite of passage, acceptence from the peers
  • SYMBOLS
  • You may not have realized this, but there was plenty of symbolism in the short story.
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