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The phenomenon of growing up doesnt have to happen when youre 13 You dont have to be eighteen and be fully-grown up It occurs when a person is ready to mature mentally What does growing up mean Its not your bones growing its your mind changing There are so many stages that everyone must go through to become an adult Few people never complete those steps I may be an adult but Im still a minor inside Through the Tunnel is a metaphorical story where this mystical tunnel symbolizes the passage to adulthood Jerry struggles to find this tunnel he is anxious to grow up and pull away from childhood In Through the Tunnel the author Dorris Lessing uses the tunnel to show the process of growing up symbolizing the passage to adulthood In Through the Tunnel one way the tunnel signifies growing up is by Jerry discovering the tunnel a metaphor for discovering adulthood All of us need to discover adulthood in one way or another This gets most children excited as they see grown ups do things that they will one day do In the story Jerry sees that the native boys are grown up and are able to do things he cant so he himself becomes desperate to grow up Jerry watches the native boys from a far and a craving fills his body Jerry has concluded that the boys mustve gone through a passage so he begins to search for it It takes a while for people to find this secret tunnel In most cases people get very desperate to find this passage cause they are fed up with being a kid they know theres this option called growing up Jerry who himself was fed up with being a kid was desperate to find an entrance The example of trying to find the passage ties back to the symbolization that Dorris Lessing is using in this story Lessing is trying
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