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What is the falling action in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"?

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lilelmo4 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2008 at 8:51 AM via web

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What is the falling action in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM (Answer #1)

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The falling action in a story is everything that occurs after the climax.  In this book, the climax comes very close to the end of the, when the night riders come to lynch T.J. and David Logan sets fire to his own cotton to create a diversion and defuse the situation.  All of this occurs in Chapter 11 and the beginning of Chapter 12, the last chapter in the book; the brief section after these events is the falling action and resolution.

The falling action begins when the rains come down, putting out the fire which was supposedly started by lightning.  An explanation of exactly what has transpired begins to reveal itself, and Cassie learns that for a brief period, the people of the area put aside their differences to fight for a common cause - saving the land.  Papa, Mr. Morrison, and Stacey come home safely, and for the moment, T.J. is safely within the hands of the law.  From Stacey's silence and by putting two-and-two together, Cassie realizes that Papa set the fire himself in a desperate attempt to prevent T.J. from being lynched, and that this is a secret which must be kept at all costs.    

The falling action ends in a bitter resolution.  Though T.J. is safe for now, Cassie understands that in the atmosphere of inequality which exists in the South, T.J. will most likely be executed at the hands of the law for a crime he did not commit.  For now, Cassie can only "(cry) for T.J....T.J. and the land" (Chapter 12).

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nakia18 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2008 at 1:46 PM (Answer #2)

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Why was Little Man taking so long to walk to school

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sunleey | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2012 at 5:54 AM (Answer #3)

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he didnt want to get his clothes dirty

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