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What is the climax of Anna and the King of Siam?I THINK THE CONFLICT IS ANNA'S BELIEF...

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smoke | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 4:30 AM via web

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What is the climax of Anna and the King of Siam?

I THINK THE CONFLICT IS ANNA'S BELIEF SYSTEM WHICH IS IN CONFLICT WITH THE KING'S SYSTEM OF SLAVERY. I THINK THE RESOLUTION IS WHEN A PRINCE, A FORMER STUDENT OF ANNA, ABOLISHES SLAVERY WHEN HE BECOMES KING.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 26, 2009 at 7:46 AM (Answer #1)

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You are right in regards to the conflict and resolution.  What you need to ask yourself in determining the climax of any work is, "At what point is the conflict at its highest point--in a make-or-break situation?"

In the case of Anna and King of Siam, Anna must accept after the execution of the lovers that while the king admires freedom and President Lincoln, there are some aspects of his culture that he believes that he cannot change immediately.  The execution serves as the climax, because it forces Anna to think about not only her own inner conflict but also the inner and external conflicts of the king. She must realize that she can effect change in Siam but that it might not be in the timing that she desires.

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