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What is the rising action, climax, and falling action in Gathering Blue?

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a-l-e-x-a | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2008 at 8:16 AM via web

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What is the rising action, climax, and falling action in Gathering Blue?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM (Answer #3)

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There are several sets of rising, climax, and falling action in the story Gathering Blue. In the beginning of the book Kira's mother dies and when Kira tries to rebuild a home/cott on her mother’s site, she is challenged by another woman for the site.  The woman reports her and she has to await a trial to see if she will be allowed to live because she has a bum leg and foot that is painful and useless.  As she begins the trial the action begins to climb.  The climax is that she is found to have talent in weaving and is allowed to live but will not have her land.  The falling action occurs when she is learns she will have a new place to live and is taken to nicer quarters than she has ever had before.

The second set comes when Kira begins to find it suspicious that she, a gifted weaver, Thomas, a gifted carver, and Jo, a small tyke and a gifted singer, have all had their parents die and are taken to live under Jamison's care.  She knows they are each being pressured because of their gifts.  She and Thomas sneak around at night to try and find out the secret.

On the day of the gathering Kira attends but looks for her friend Matt.  She sees him in the crowd.  He sneaks to her room later with a blind man whom they hide.  The climax occurs when she learns that he is actually her father who had been left for dead in the field after Jamison had attacked him and blamed it on the beats.  She also puts things together and realizes that the singer is shackled ad kept as a prisoner and that Jo, Thomas, and Kira are also prisoners under different circumstances.

The falling action occurs when she decides to remain and rewrite the village's future on the singer's robe in hopes that it will lead to a better life for the citizens.


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