Jerry's Themes In The Short Story Through The Tunnel

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In the short story Through the Tunnel, the theme that was portrayed by the author was in order to grow up, you will go through many obstacles, but you must do it. This is a very strong theme because it demonstrates how the mother needs to know when to let go of her child. In the beginning of the story the mother says, “Of course he’s old enough to be safe without me. Have I been keeping him too close?” (243) This direct quote out of the book really helps the reader realize the mom is protective of Jerry. She knows that Jerry must grow up, but doesn’t want to let Jerry go. Jerry is an only child who is 11 years old. His mom has a reason to be protective and careful with where Jerry is. She is only protecting Jerry from getting hurt, lost, or

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