Bruce Springsteen's 'Tunnel Of Love'

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Marriage as Tunnel
Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” takes a dark look at love and commitment, comparing it metaphorically to a frightening carnival ride. The title sets up the extended metaphor: marriage is a scary adventure that takes courage and self-control to survive.
In his metaphorical tunnel, newlyweds must confront their weaknesses and fears. In a marriage, Springsteen warns, “It’s just the three of us: You, me, and all that stuff we’re so scared of.” Our fears, he suggests, can derail us, and being in a relationship can escalate them.
Another aspect of marriage that Springsteen critiques through his lyrics is the vulnerability of coupledom. Spouses see everything about each other, and there is no hiding our faults. “There’s a crazy
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