Shaving Through the Tunnel

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When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and in exchange-taken my youth. In this quote Sara Teas suggest that when child-like excitement goes away, your intellectual capacity has grown, and you see things more realistically, that’s when you have matured. In the stories Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing and Shaving by Leslie Norris the authors suggest that growing in age had=s nothing to do with maturing. They show that maturing comes by developing certain qualities or going through certain experiences.

“In order to mature you must realize that you are the one that has to make things happen for you, it must be a battle within yourself”, Lois Martin parent of two tells me. “I noticed that my oldest son Ken was maturing when he saw a group of boys dunking basketballs at a park. He practiced for hours a day trying to dunk like those boys, I know it sounds crazy but I knew then that he was well on his way to becoming mature.” Lois’s example of her son shows much relation to Jerry from the story Through the Tunnel. Jerry had seen a group of older boys going through an underwater tunnel. Jerry practiced his breathing everyday in order to be ready for the tunnel. Lois’s son did the same instead in his case he shot baskets. Both Doris Lessing and Lois Martin both showed that becoming mature has to do with how much determination and patience you are willing to put into something in order to succeed. As a child you are so set on wanting to do something right then and there, and if you can’t tantrums are thrown and attitudes are giving. Jerry and Ken both show patience and this patience showed maturity.

My mother always told me with maturity came responsibility and that doesn’t mean I tell you to do it and you do it. It means that you will do because you realize that it needs to be done and it’s the right thing to do. Berry showed this kind of responsibility in Shaving....
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