In this essay, I will refer to three short stories. These stories are: “Through the
Tunnel,” “Two Kinds,” and “The Censors.” The main characters are: Jerry
of “Through the Tunnel,” Jing-Mei of “Two Kinds,” and Juan of “The
Censors.” In all three of these stories, the main characters are trying to
achieve something. Jerry tries to swim through an underwater tunnel.
Jing-Mei wants to rebel against her mother, who wants her to become a child
prodigy. Juan tries to find a letter he sent to his friend before “the censors”
do. All of them try to achieve their goals using different methods. Below you
may read more about each individual character.
Jerry is the main character in “Through the Tunnel.” Jerry and his
mother are on vacation near a beach. The reader gets the idea that it is
somewhere in France because the “natives” are speaking in French. While at
the beach, Jerry sees some boys diving into the ocean and coming back up.
At first he’s not sure what they are doing, but then learns they are swimming
through an underwater tunnel. He decides that he, too, would like to swim
through the tunnel. He starts to practice keeping his breath and swimming.
Eventually, he gets very good at both and decides to try to swim through the
tunnel. After the second time of trying, he achieves his goal. he swims
through the tunnel successfully one day before he and his mother go home.
Jerry was very self-disciplined and achieved his goal. He was the most
successful of the three characters I will mention. For example, the story says
“...he would do it if it killed him....” This shows how very dedicated he was
to his goal. He realized the importance of his goal and worked hard to achieve
Jing-Mei is in the...
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censors it like all the rest of the letters. He is executed the next day. I feel
that Juan was so obsessed with the power he gained from his job that he lost
sight of his goal. He really did not succeed at anything. He was the least
successful of the three characters mentioned in this essay.
All of these characters tried to achieve their goals. I learned that those
who put the most time and effort into their goals do not always succeed. Juan
put more time into his goal than anyone else, but was the least successful of
the three. I think the main thing I learned is that even if you’re the hardest
worker, you will not achieve your goal unless you also keep your priorities
straight. We should never become so obsessed with power that we lose sight
of our goals. People should always work towards their goals and never let
anything get in the way of them.
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