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Let us remember that the climax is defined as the most emotionally intense section of a work of literature. For me, the climax comes in Chapter Twelve of this great novel. You might think it a little strange that the climax should come after the death of Leslie has been reported, but actually, if you think about it, it is only in Chapter Twelve that Jess begins to actually let the truth of his friend's death sink in and he begins to process his feelings of betrayal, anger, hatred and sadness. We see this particularly when he hits his little sister and then goes and throws his pictures and paints in the stream, destroying them. It is only when his father comes and cradles him as if he were a small child, but at the same time speaks to him as an adult, that Jess begins to feel better and can begin to cope with his feelings and move on with his life.
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