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Please identify the falling action of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

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mubin2712 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 19, 2011 at 11:43 PM via web

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Please identify the falling action of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM (Answer #1)

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The falling action of a plot is defined as the moment after the climax, the highest point of emotional intensity in a story, and the resolution, where the conflicts are resolved and concluded and there is an ending. If we take the climax of this great tale to be Leslie's death, then the falling action comes in Chapter Twelve, when Jesse confronts his own feelings about Leslie's death and begins to move towards acceptance of the loss of his friend. Note the way in which this involves his father reassuring him about the pain of grief and also Jesse's secret fear that Leslie might go to hell. The way in which Jesse is able to emotionally connect with his father, who has been up until this point in the novel a remote and distant figure, signifies both Jesse's maturing and the onset of the resolution, as Jesse is able to incorporate what he has learnt through his friendship with Leslie and move on in life.

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