A British short story published in 1982
Becoming adult is a difficult process. While you are in a stage when you have to find yourself, which can be very hard itself, you also want to be on your own. Entering adulthood often implies rebellion within different fields. When we are starting to create our own identity, we are young naive and people you are great within the beginning often go in a completely different direction. Often because of our totally different backgrounds. In “The Tunnel” we see the girl from a rich and acknowledged family and a boy who is grown up in totally apposite social class, who run away together so they can be together, but they soon find out how hard and problematic it is to be independent. I find the theme of this short story becoming adult and the rebellion in connection with the growing up process. The title of the story is symbolizes the themes: to get from one point to another through darkness and follow the light at the end of the tunnel. In this case go from childhood to adulthood.
There are two environments in the story. Claire and the narrators childhood environments. Claire, who is grown up in a rich high-class society and the narrators poor and not very well trained socierty. In Claires society it is very shallowed and it is all about who you see and date, how you look and how well you are educated. The narrator is grown up in almost the opposite.
The narrator is a young and poor boy. He is as earlier mentioned from a opposite social class than Claire. His clearly states that his family couldn’t care less about what he does “My own parents were no obstacle to us. They did not care what I did with my life” (p. 2, ll. 36-37). When they need the money as much as they do, and their relationship is going down, the timing of him hurting his hands could not have been worse. If they are starting to get on each others nerves it’s a very bad thing that one of them have to depend as much on the other as the narrator...