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What is the Climax, rising action and falling action of the short story "A White Heron" ?

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fancymethis3 | Student, Grade 10

Posted February 15, 2009 at 4:22 AM via web

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What is the Climax, rising action and falling action of the short story "A White Heron" ?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 15, 2009 at 4:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Rising action is considered to be the events that lead up to the climax. In "The White Heron" the climax occurs when Sylvia successfully climbs the old pine and realizes the beauty of nature. At that point, she is maturing and realizes she cannot betray the nesting place of the white heron. So all of the action leading to that point, meeting the hunter, wanting to please him, climbing the tree are all examples of rising action. The falling action occurs after the climax. In this case, Sylvia goes back to her house and says says nothing. That is the falling action of the story. The denouement, or resolutions is that she has realized her love for nature is stronger than her need for money or the approval of the young hunter. That is t

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