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In the short story Through the tunnel Doris Lessingdescribes the adventure of Jerry a young English boy trying toswim through an underwater tunnel Throughout the story theauthor uses the third person omniscient point of view todescribe the boys surroundings and to show us both what he andthe other characters are thinking and what is happening aroundthem By using this point of view the author is able todescribe the setting of the story give a detailed descriptionof the characters and make the theme visible By using the third person omniscient point of view thenarrator can give us a detailed and unbiased description ofhisher surroundings while still retaining part of thecharacters view of reality When the narrator says It was awild-looking place and there was no one there we are giventhe mothers view of the boys beach which in her opinion iswild looking This gives us a clear picture of the settingAdditionally the sentence He went out fast over the gleamingsand over a middle region where rocks lay like discoloredmonsters under the surface and then he was in the real sea - awarm sea where irregular cold currents from the deep watershocked his limbs clearly describes the beach where the boy isswimming and how it is seen by him With the addition of wordslike discoloured monsters and real sea we can tell what theboys feeling are toward his beach which he considers scary butat the same time challenging By using the third person omniscient point of view thenarrator is able to render the characters with informationrelated both from direct description and from the othercharacters revelations This way the description remainsunbiased but at the same time coherent with how the variouscharacters see it For example after the narrator tells usthat He was an only child eleven years old She was a widowShe was determined to be neither possessive nor lacking indevotion we are able to understand why the boy is soemotionally attached to his mother and at the
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